701 BC. Well you have to start somewhere.

This is the first drawing in my sketchbook, and hence it must appear as my first post on this blog. As I feel like I’m starting from scratch, I thought it would be a good idea to go back to something early for inspiration.

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Sketch of a detail from The Capture of Lachish, 701BC.

I had half an hour to spare in London’s Bloomsbury, so I went into the British Museum and the Assyrian rooms. Coming across these large carved wall sculptures was amazing, but it wasn’t until I started drawing that I really became aware of what was being depicted. This is 701 BC and there, in the heat of battle, attacking the city walls of Lachish, and ahead of the ranks of the archers appears a wonderful siege engine looking like a toy elephant on wheels! Wow!