Etch-a-sketch art

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Now this is what I call outsider art: no pencils, brushes or paints of any kind necessary, just that famously frustrating kiddie toy, the Etch-a-Sketch, on which it's a feat of coordination to even make a smoothly curving line. Of course, just as Everest once looked like an impossible climb to mountaineers, fine artists have begun to challenge to wooly heights of the Etch. Witness some of their best efforts:
Etch-a-Sketch master George Vlosich III's pieces, which take him up to 60 hours to complete, have taken him places he never thought he'd go, including the White House. Check out a video of him creating a "quickie" portrait of NBA star LeBron James in just five hours (thanks for the link, Neatorama):

Artist Ron Morse focuses more on fantasy scenes and landscapes, like this one (we bet the clouds were the hardest part):ronmorse.jpg

No survey of Etch-a-Sketch artists would be complete, though, without mention of Tim George, also known as "Mr. Etch-a-Sketch." He got started Sketching when his four-year-old daughter was in the hospital following an open heart surgery, and began doodling on the Sketch to entertain her, and found that he was really, really good at it (sorry about the ad at the beginning):

June 20, 2007 - 5:10am
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