I was actually thinking about Tracey today, and started wondering what really constitutes being a Pokemon Watcher. Do they focus mainly on the outer appearance, such as when Tracey noticed how healthy Pikachu’s coat looked, or the fact that the bully’s “Hitmonchan [wasn’t] getting enough exercise”? It seems like it’s a pretty self-explanatory trade, and that maybe Tracey’s desire to sketch and draw pokemon stems from his enjoyment of the hobby alone and in some ways helps his observations, but it would’ve been nice to know a little bit about how he became a Pokemon Watcher and what organization (if any) it’s affiliated with.
I hypothesize that Pokemon Watchers use a variety of methods to recount and record their watching experiences. In addition to out-appearance, I bet they also focus on behaviour, boht individually and in groups.
There are many methods by which Watchers record their observations. Tracey happens to be both old-fashioned and artistically talented, so he draws his subjects. Most watchers probably photograph using high-end camera equipment. So even film it.
There are some, who simply write their findings, choosing to completely bypass a visual representation. While this is not always the case, most people who do this are Watchers who specialize in the behavioral side of Pokemon watching.