'Foundation', a doodle drawn by John Vernon Lord in 1980.
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
These four illustrations of birds were drawn around 1985.
They represent, Music, Fiction, Theatre and Sport.
and published in Drawn to Drawing, Nobrow Pess, 2014, pages 164 & 165.
Monday, 28 July 2014
'A blackbird sang throughout the meeting', a pen and ink doodle by John Vernon Lord drawn in 1976 and published in Drawn to Drawing, Nobrow Press, 2014, page 131.
This doodle was carried out during a Faculty Board meeting at Brighton Polytechnic, during which a blackbird sang outside in the garden. I often tended to doodle during the frequent and endless committee meetings that I used to attend at Art College, Polytechnic and University. Many times I would think of the American Comedian Fred Allen’s quote, that “a committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling to do the unnecessary”. Another American comedian, Milton Berle, declared that “a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours”.
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Train tickets ‘In omnibus requiem quaesivi...’, notebook drawings
by John Vernon Lord dated 1 June 1975
and published in Drawn to Drawing, 2014, pages 126 & 127.
This includes a drawing of a rail ticket, which I used to do habitually at the beginning of most long train journeys in case I lost it. I would then have the evidence of having once owned such a ticket if I did lose it. One day I did indeed lose my ticket somehow and I showed the guard the drawing of the ticket as evidence. He was neither impressed nor amused, with the result that I had to buy a second ticket. Needless to say I don’t draw tickets anymore!
The complete Latin sentence by Thomas à Kempis is, “In omnibus requiem quaesivi, et nusquam inveni nisi in angulo cum libro”, meaning: “Everywhere I have sought peace and not found it, except in a corner with a book. ” Another translation is: “I have sought tranquillity in everything but found it nowhere except in a corner with a book.”
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Monday, 21 July 2014
Sunday, 20 July 2014
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Friday, 18 July 2014
'22, Princeton Street, Holborn, London', a drawing by John Vernon Lord drawn in 1961
and published in Drawn to Drawing, 2014, page 54.
I lived here for nine months between 28 June 1961 and 31 March 1962. It was where I ended my student days at the Central School of Art and where I began my freelance career as an illustrator. The building no longer exists and has been replaced by a new one.
Thursday, 17 July 2014
'A breathless hush pervaded the concert hall...', a collage by John Vernon Lord
being a page from an unfinished graphic novel
put together in 1987 and this page published in
Drawn to Drawing, Nobrow Press, 2014, page 175.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Monday, 14 July 2014
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Saturday, 12 July 2014
'CNAA Principle Three', a diary drawing by John Vernon Lord, 26 May 1985
and published in Drawn to Drawing, Nobrow Press, 2014, page 156/157.
During the 1980s the Council for National Academic Award’s Committee for Art and Design spent some considerable time giving attention to the implementation of its Principle 3, which was concerned with the overall balance and aims of programmes of study for art and design students.
I was on a Working Party of the Committee that looked into the relevance of this principle to courses in Art and Design. Hence I wrote out the principle here in full as a way of getting it into my brain, believing that writing such things out often aids memory. It was an educational principle that was keen to make sure that students perceived their studies within a broad perspective and to appreciate disciplines other than their own, as well as avoiding narrow specialism.
Friday, 11 July 2014
Fine Art Exam Board II, a doodle by John Vernon Lord drawn during a Fine Art Exam Board at Brighton Polytechnic in 1986 and published in Drawn to Drawing, Nobrow Press, 2014, page 166.
The meeting lasted 4 hours and 37 minutes. It was chaired by Bill Beech and the occasion marked the retirement of the artist Gwyther Irwin, who had been Head of Fine Art between 1969 and 1984.