Guptill, Arthur (1891 - 1956)

Genre: Non-Fiction

Alfred Leighton Guptill was born and raised in Gorham, ME. He attended Gorham Normal School (1909) and graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, majoring in architecture (1912). He worked as a part-time teacher there until 1937. He studied at MIT (1914-1916), became a registered architect in New York (1916) and worked in free-lance advertising, commercial art, and the designing of buildings, ornamental detail and furniture. In 1919 he and George E. Bearse of Portland established Bearse and Guptill, Architectural Designers and Illustrators. In 1937, he and others founded Watson-Guptill Publications, Inc. and established the magazine Art Instruction which became American Artist in 1940. In 1951, he founded the Amateur Artists Association of America, Inc., a non-profit organization. He continued to teach drawing and art in the classroom and via a home-study course he developed.

Selected Bibliography

  • Sketching and Rendering in Pencil (1922)
  • Drawing with Pen and Ink: An a Word concrning the Brush (1930)
  • Freehand Drawing Self-Taught: With Emphasis on the Techniques of Different Media (1933)
  • Color in Sketching and Rendering (1935)
  • Sketching as a Hobby (1936)
  • Pen Drawing (1937)
  • Norman Rockwell, Illustrator (1946)
  • Pencil Drawing Step-by-Step (1949)
  • Oil Painting Step-by-Step (1953)
  • Watercolor Painting Step-by-Step (1957)
  • Color Manual for Artists (1963)