From the December 1956 issue of American Artist magazine:
"There is an explanation for [Lovell's] mature direction: the happy combination of an engaging personality, a thorough grounding in his craft, a dedication to his chosen profession, and workmanlike method of execution."
"When I interviewed him in his handsome studio near Westport, Connecticut, some months ago, I saw many things that added up. Surrounding a job on the easel (and not exposed for my special benefit) were rough sketches, reference books, detailed drawings, and a much-marked manuscript."
"These little evidences, this concern for thoroughness of research is no pose. For Tom Lovell limits the number of commissions he accepts each year to allow time for his study of the particular problem; time to sit and think; time for numerous roughs, often so abstract only he can decipher them; and time for making a half-scale charcoal drawing in which, as readers can see from the one we have reproduced, all the values are worked out and the final design organized."
"This is the monochrome drawing he submits to the art director, though occasionally he offers two or more. In any event Tom seldom has to make revises, so completely has he projected the idea, the form, and even the illusion of color."
"While developing this charcoal drawing Lovell told me that he constantly thinks in terms of color - its overall temperature and the mood. By using a flexible medium, such as charcoal in which values can be adjusted so easily, the illustrator can anticipate problems of subtlety and contrast before projecting the composition on canvas."
"In Tom Lovell's case this accounts, in large measure, for the freshness and directness his original paintings present which, in turn, is retained in the process engraving and in the printed image."
* My Tom Lovell Flickr set.
*ALSO* A new CAWS is now posted on Charlie Allen's blog.