Tuesday, 21 April 2015
The last of the non-fiction drawings from when I had computer troubles.
This was really common when I was in primary school - comparisons of clothing styles between puritans and catholic royalists. One thing I noticed though is that they tended to show upper-class royalists, and middle or lower-class puritans, so I drew a standard upper-class royalist pair (although they ended up looking too much like the actual king and queen...) and tried to find information on what upper-class puritans would wear.
It turns out puritans were very much in favour of the social hierarchy, and upper-class puritans would have worn richer fabrics and embellishments like ribbons and lace edging to visually indicate their social standing. The open-fronted skirt was apparently a more conservative style at the time, because it required less of the more expensive outer fabric.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
In today's episode of 'things from when I had no computer', some different types of soldiers from the English Civil War.
Researching these turned out to be very hard, there was a lot of conflicting information. For example, would a pikeman have a sword? I found books saying both yes and no. In the end I thought that being in the front line with only a heavy, 3-4 metre spear would practically be suicide, and I couldn't see anyone agreeing to do it unless they also had a close-range weapon.
Anyway, I did my best with the sources I could find, but I won't be surprised if a historian pops up and points out lots of problems!
Friday, 10 April 2015
Today in ‘things I couldn’t post during computer trouble’, cell diagrams.
I was working on the sort of diagrams I remember from school, so I tried plant and animal cells at the two levels of detail you’d see at GCSE and A Level here in the UK, and a virus and bacterium for good measure.
I’d like to also try a more 3D approach, as they’re getting more popular in textbooks.