I take commissions to create reconstructions of individual buildings, building complexes and archaeological sites. These may vary from small, contained sites, such as an isolated medieval house, to complex, widespread sites, such as monasteries, major castles and industrial sites. Historical periods have varied from early medieval to 19 th century and any period will be considered for reconstruction. An essential element of each drawing to date has been accuracy in the representation of the architectural detail relevant to place and period. In most cases reconstructions are drawn and ornamented in ink on cartridge paper, and a historical and geographical context in terms of people and landscape is included.
The final size and appearance of a drawing depends on the wishes of the commissioning client, usually based on a compromise between how they want the end product to appear, what it is to be used for and the funding available for the project. Drawings may be of any size up to A1, with the latter preferred for larger or more complex subjects where architectural detail or significant contextual detail is desired. Serial reconstructions - a series of drawings of the same building or site, from the same viewpoint or from different viewpoints - may be commissioned to show the progressive development of the building or site over its history, or cutaway reconstructions may be commissioned to show the internal layout, workings or use of a building.
Once commissioned, the reconstruction drawing process falls into three stages:
Stage 1: Research, data collection and CAD input to create wire-frame model
Stage 2: Outline pencil draft for client review
Stage 3: Completion of finished drawing