Friday, 5 April 2013
Neroche, Medieval Village
Here's the Second of the three illustrations that I did for the Neroche Landscape Partnership Scheme which is of a medieval village.
As usual, the main challenge was to make the features which remain prominent today, prominent in the drawing. This is why the fields are quite bare and grassy, to show off the ridge and furrow system. Also slightly exaggerated, you can see how the tracks and pathways are all very sunken, eroded; The product of all that farming and thoroughfare. The houses are on comparatively raised ground because detritus would build up around them, rubbish heaps piled up nearby and the houses themselves rebuilt; perhaps once every generation, upon inheritance.
To see what I mean, please just check out some of the beautiful aerial photographs that have been taken of the sites of medieval villages.