Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Grape Pressing - Roman

While researching Maenads and Satyrs I keep finding images of Satyrs and Silenoi pressing grapes but not Humans in Greek Classical but no human workers until I added Roman as a search parameter.

Even then I got several images of cupids pressing grapes but finally I found this image.

Its part of a larger mosaic showing activities linked to various months of the year.

The ancients seemed to have used much shallower vats then modern winegrowers. 

I'll be sharing more images of this activity over the next few blogs showing how depictions of workers changed over the centuries.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Wine Pressing from the Tomb of Nakht

#wine #winemaking #winepress #egyptianpainting #tombofnakht

One of the oldest known paintings if not the oldest I've found so far of grape growing and harvesting.

also of interest as it shows ethnic diversity in ancient egypt with two blonde greeks or northerners or two older egyptians with  sun or aged bleached hair ? and the egyptians having coloring and hairstyles that are NOT all identical!

As I'm doing Dionysus over on my metousia blog I thought I might take a look at images of grapes and wine growing and making in other cultures.

Next time some roman imagery.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Digital Ink Inkscape and Inktober

Been thinking about #Inktober

I usually don't have time to do a daily drawing but for those of you who prefer digital ink here's a couple of  rough sketches / ideas for using #inkscape

After you select the pen tool set it to dip pen this was done by finger on a touch pad kinda rough but you get the idea ?

Add one of the ink texture filters for a wet paper effect ?

INK whether its digital felt tip or pen enjoy playing with it !

Saturday, 7 October 2017


This is a smaller lower resolution version of my newest #redbubble design

Copyright Julie Vaux 2017 

To see this and other designs visit

where you can buy this on stickers and clothing and gift items!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Ornate Capitals Experiment

I have been experimenting with merging and editing two different font variants of a basic letter form to create a new ornate capital.

Needs more tweaking with nodes and paths but could be a useful shortcut for developing fonts ?

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

I have scarves !!!

#fashion #scarf #design #julievaux #redbubble

Just a reminder that many of my designs are also available printed on scarves and other items !

Copyright Julie Vaux 2017