I came across this site today. It’s the Etch-a-Sketch site. I don’t need to tell you what an Etch-a-Sketch is. We’re all intimately familiar with the frustrating hours of our childhood we wasted while trying to doodle something coherent out of – what amounts to – a cruel joke played on the children of the world by those bastards at Ohio Art. I never knew anyone who could draw more than a couple of crappy boxes or a fucked up version of their name (God forbid they have to draw an “s”!). And who could blame us, really? After all, we’re talking about literally trying to dial-in something creative on a plastic slate full of metal shavings dust. It’s not exactly inspiring. At least, I thought it wasn’t inspiring.
Apparently, some big show offs folks out there have been putting in their time mastering this poor man’s easel. That picture is a real demonstration of such mastery. You can see a lot more here in their art gallery. I don’t know how they do it. It’s not like you can easily correct your mistakes on those things. All I know is that I now have to hide that site from my kids or they’ll quickly learn to scoff at the Etch-a-Sketch crap I currently draw and pawn off to them as stairs, circuit boards and, my favorite, box of squares.