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Tachymeter by Ermelin Tachymeter by Ermelin
It's been a bit quiet in my gallery for a while. That's because I've been working rather hard on finishing my master thesis the last months. I'm not yet finished, so I'm afraid I won't be able to submit too many drawings over the next weeks, but at least I wanted to show you this one. It's something I did as a tiny job, not as a hobby (as the drawings I usually submit), but I thought you might like it anyway. :D

It's one of thirteen drawings for a museum in Kronach (Germany). It shows two kids creating a digital plan of an archaeological excavation by using a tachymeter.
Actually, tachymeters are complicated devices from hell and they might be a bit hard to use for kids, but since the child on the right is the narrator on every one of our new signs, we decided to let him appear in this drawing anyway. (I guess kids CAN do this, if there are adults around to help. ^^)

The child in the ochre tunic normally lives in bronze age, but he traveled in time for this scene. That's why he wears these stranges clothes. Also, he has no shoes, because my professor (who leads this project) said we couldn't tell for sure what shoes looked like in his time, so I may never draw him wearing shoes. In real life, of course, he wouldn't be allowed to walk around on an excavation barefooted. It was a bit of a dilemma for me to decide whether I wanted to draw him barefooted or not, since both would somehow be wrong ^^;
(In case it ever turns out that bronze age people of southern Germany would have been embarrassed to be seen without shoes, I would so be laughing at this! After all, they didn't write down their thoughts and there are societies today who regard walking around barefooted as improper. One never knows what Bronze Age people might have thought about our shoeless boy. :giggle:)

Anyway: I hope you like it! If I'm lucky, I might be able to draw some things for myself again in a few weeks. Bear Emoji-28 (Yawn and Lazy) [V2]

Please do not copy this without my permission! Thanks :heart:
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ColaChu Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I really enjoyed reading that interesting backstory! What an odd (in a good way) painting!
Ermelin Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your lovely comment! :heart:

Yes, I guess people using a tachymeter are something you don't see often in children's book illustrations. :giggle: I was glad they're usually yellow and come with a red box, so I could use some bright, happy colors. (Do I sound a little like Bob Ross now...? XD)

(Sorry for replying on your comment so late. ^^; I still have to work a lot to finish my master thesis for university on time. Only 1,5 months left... and then I'll hopefully have more time for Deviantart again! ^^)
BettaWyvern Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, it is so cool that you got to draw for a museum. :) (Smile)  I really love the perfect coloring and the soft shading you applied. I also bought watercolor paper today, I am so happy.
Ermelin Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017   Traditional Artist
Yes, I'm so glad! It's lots of fun to work for this museum! :heart: I was lucky, because I got to work on this project as an archaeology student and the other team members liked my drawings, so I was allowed to do all the illustrations for this project.

Thank you ^^
BettaWyvern Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, you are an archaeology student? That sounds interesting, I hope the public likes the drawings!~
Raakone Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017
This is cool! The thing on the left looks like a surveyor's transit!
Ermelin Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thanks! :heart:
I guess that's what it is! :)

I have to admit I wasn't entirely sure what this device is called in English. In German, it's called 'Tachymeter', so I looked it up in a dictionary and googled it and it seemed to me it was called tachymeter/tacheometer in English as well. There may be other terms for it as well, but in any case: These things aren't only used by archaeologists, but also by surveyors, so it's probably exactly what you thought of ^^
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