Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ern Shaw's early work

Ern Shaw did not have the advantages of modern drawing technology but his drawings were produced using various grades of pens and brushes and his drawings were works of art in their own right. His style varied depending on the subject of his work but his use of bold clear strokes of his pen and use of bright colours was his hall mark.His first successful drawing published at the age of 12, was a result of him winning a competition organised by the Hull Times. His sketch of a building known as “Plum Pudding Hall” brought him five shillings and set Ern Shaw off on his amazingly productive career which spanned over 70 years.

At the end of the first world war Ern Shaw illustrated the book 'Good bye-ee' by Arthur Seymour depicting the humorous side of demobilisation.

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