First impressions of an artists’ work are based on visual aspects. Investigating it further you go deeper into her or his world. And if there is one, the reward is that you learn more about yourself. I’ve been an admirer of the illustrations by John Vernon Lord. Looking at his pages you would think he is troubled with the ‘horror vacui,’ the angst for empty spaces. But in an interview, he tells the story of his grandmother. She told him to draw into every corner because paper was so scarce during the war. I started to think of which limitation(s) in my youth came to fruition later on. I remember privacy and space were lacking. Probably that is the reason why I’m comfortable in a small studio drawing and writing in a journal.
How about you? Did you inherit something from your early days?
Follow these links for more on John Vernon Lord:
His blog: http://johnvernonlord.blogspot.com/
An in depth article in Eye magazine: http://www.eyemagazine.com/blog/post/bridges-and-verses