Thursday, July 15, 2021

Video of Ernest Watson

Ernest Watson wrote many instructional books and was an advocate of pencil sketching. I didn't realize it, but he also produced instructional videos.


His grandson put this one on YouTube recently. He also shared this bio info:

"Ernest W. Watson was born in 1884, graduated form Massachusetts Normal Art School in 1906, and received an Art Teacher Education Degree from Pratt Institute in 1907, where he subsequently taught from 1908 to1929. He co-founded the Berkshire Summer School of Art in Monterey, MA, with Raymond P. Ensign, was art editor of Scholastic Magazine from 1931 to 1937, when he founded Watson-Guptill Publications along with Arthur L. Guptill and Ralph Reinhold. Watson was vice-president of Watson-Guptill, and Editor in Chief of it's publication, American Artist Magazine, until his retirement in 1955. He died in 1969. He is best known for his broadstroke pencil drawings, an example of which is demonstrated in this film, and for his linoleum block prints which he often co-created with my grandmother, Eva Watson."

Despite that impressive biography, there is currently no Wikipedia page on Ernest W. Watson. Anyone know how to remedy that?

More info: 
Creative Perspective for Artists and Illustrators 

Thanks, Paulo.


Susan Krzywicki said...

Great info.

James Gurney said...

Rock995 says:
"I wonder if the publisher of architectural books Ralph Reinhold is the same
Reinhold of Van Nostrand Reinhold publishing corp. Don't think so. Mr. Watson is said to use a "broad stroke" pencil technique. Would you characterize his pencil work as such? Maybe it's "broadstroke" but not as obvious as
Ted Kautsky or Schell Lewis."

Rock, I think Watson's approach to the pencil was an inspiration for Kautzky and other pencil artists. Here's more about Watson's pencil technique:

Michael Coxon said...

Thank you for posting this James. It was really helpful and I learned a very useful tip. "Put a couple of sheets of paper underneath the paper you're drawing on to create a softer surface."! There are so many little tips like this to learn in Art. It's a lifetime of learning.

rock995 said...

James as far as the work of Schell Lewis is concerned, he did some rendering work for my great-uncle, a well-respected architect. I have one of his renderings on my wall of a Baptist Church commissioned by my uncle, A.Hays Town. My uncle employed several old architects ins the early 60"s and all were familiar with Lewis. "Nobody could draw a tree like Schell Lewis" said Sam Montgomery, one of the architects in the office and indeed check out the way he handled trees in the following post from 10 years ago: you or your readers might enjoy looking at these skillful renderings:
sincerely, Rock

Charley parker said...

Anyone can create a Wikipedia page. This article explains how:

There is no Wikipedia entry for Arthur Guptill either, though there is a short "stub" for the publishing company: