Will Foster Illustration is no more!

A huge thank you to all my clients who have passed me such interesting work over the years. I'm returning to full time employment with Wessex Archaeology so do contact me via their website should you want to!


Some Recent Finds Illustration

These days, in terms of the types of work I produce, finds (or artefact) illustration makes up a small percentage of the work that I do. There's no particular reason for that, and I'm quite happy to do it when it comes along!
The following are from a site in Hampshire, and come from a site with Romano-British and medieval phases.

On the above page, you have a late Romano-British and medieval knives (16 & 18), a small pair of  medival domestic shears (17), barrel lock (19) and a pair of keys (20 & 21).

Following on from that, a really nicely decorated chalk spindle whorl and an incomplete sharpening stone.

The following two plates are iron objects from a late Romano-British grave and very intriguing at that. It would appear that they decorated the coffin (or perhaps chest) that the deceased was placed in.
The final image is a possible reconstruction of the chest, though the actual arrangement of the metal fittings is very speculative!


Building for Eternity: the History and Technology of Roman Concrete Engineering in the Sea

A book on the history and technology of Roman concrete engineering has just been published by Oxbow, details of which can be found here
I produced a number of illustrations for the book, including maps and plans of the various sites around the Mediterranean.


Visualising the Late Antique City

I've been working on a project with the University of Kent which aims to visualise Late Antiquity from 300 – 650AD. So far I've created three reconstructions based around the city of Ostia, the port of Rome. They're all based around the same date in November 387AD and form part of a narrative based on the writing of Augustine. The work was completed using 3DS Max and zBrush.

View looking west along the Decumanus with early morning deliveries, boys going to school and a funeral procession

View looking over the Macellum in Ostia, with the selling of pork beneath the portico and a sausage stall in the foreground. The Decumanus is visible through the facade.

Morning sacrifice (incense) at a temple to the Dea Roma within the Paleastra Forum Baths

You can find more details on their website here


Maritime and Marine Historic Environment Research Framework Publication

I recently provided a large number of illustrations for a new book bringing together material concerning the whole history of marine and maritime affairs from the Palaeolithic to the present day. You can see a description of the book here

The work consisted of a broad range of diagrams from mapping to timelines....

...and even a reconstruction of the Hasholme Boat! Once the figure profiles went in, it was a surprise as to how big this vessel was, and just how sophisticated it is.