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Greetings fellow deviants! It's been a while since I've updated everyone on my creative grant progress. But before I get into that, I'd like to thank :icontechgnotic: for writing a wonderful article about etch a sketch art!
The Magic Dust of Child Artists

:icontechgnotic: Sep 12, 2012 by techgnotic
When recently asked how his political candidate would explain certain positions taken during the
nomination process with contrary positions to be taken during the general election, the campaign chief
replied that stated political positions were “like an Etch A Sketch,”—meaning they could simply be
flipped over, erased and begun over from scratch.
Were it that adult life were as simple as a happy Etch A Sketch memory from childhood.
(The campaign chief took heavy heat for his flippant, if truthful, statement.) The incident made
me wonder how many of us had early experiences as “sketch artists” with that incredible red toy that
has become almost standard issue for so many children still to this day.
For those unfamiliar with the magi

It was an honor being interviewed and featured in this article, and I loved the questions!

To everyone who found me from the article, here's a brief recap of what I have been up to.
Earlier this summer I applied for a dA creative grant, and got one! Here's an article briefly explaining what I am going to be up to these next few months: fav.me/d5a3k13

So what has happened since my last journal? Well, a lot. I started my senior year of college, and have been up to my neck in work. I don't mind though, because it's all art! :la:

Perhaps one of my most recent developments is a new addition to my apartment. Meet Stan.
My skeleton stan by pikajane
Stan is my new skeleton. He's a little camera shy. This might have to do with the fact that I cross-dressed him. I think that skirt is really flattering for him. I don't care if he has a bone to pick with me about it. (Pun intended!)

To get a better idea of Stan's size, here's a photo of him and I:
Stan and I by pikajane
"Oh really? That's sooooo interesting, Stan!"

I am really thrilled that Stan moved in. He's the most agreeable roommate. He doesn't use any utilities and he never raids the fridge. If only I could get him to fork over some rent... lately all he wants to do is stare at the wall.
Cheese! by pikajane

So why did I get Stan?
I purchased a life-size skeleton model called Stan online so that I can use him for my etch a sketch projects. Right now I am in the process of working on the life-size etch a sketch wall instillation. I did a photo shoot recently, and I'm planning out how it's all going to lay out. I'll be sure to upload some WIP shots.

Here's a link to my first journal I posted about my grant progress: fav.me/d5dg236

One last thing I'd like to cover: Over the past few months many people have been asking me how I can make an etch a sketch piece a permanent work of art. It's possible, but it's messy. Every etch a sketch artist has a slightly different method, but what I like to do is drill a hole in the back to let all the powder out (the powder inside the etch a sketch is what coats the screen when you shake it, thus erasing the image), and seal the hole. I also glue the knobs so that they cannot be turned anymore.

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask away, as always.
Many thanks for your continued support!

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:iconekprazan:
EKPrazan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Where did you get Stan? I've been thinking about getting a skeleton myself but I have no idea really where to look for a good priced one.
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pikajane Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
I got Stan at shopanatomical.com

They are currently running a sale on him for $270, and 3 posters are included for free. Shipping is also free.

$270 is a really good deal for a life-size anatomically correct skeleton. When I took him out of the box and put him together (assembly is easy, as he is only in a few chunks) I was really pleased with my purchase. The skull is also easily removable, and all the bones are able to articulate. Stan can be put into all sorts of poses. You can tell he is made out of a good material, and it only took a few days to get here! :)

I didn't do too much window shopping before I settled on Stan. I tried briefly ebaying but I didn't want to deal with paypal, and there were just too many options. When I came across Shop Anatomical, it was really simple to navigate, and I liked how there were reviews from people who have also purchased skeletons, as well as photos.

Hope this info helps!
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:iconekprazan:
EKPrazan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This helps immensely thank you! Definitely gonna have to really save for one now beings it looks like they're on sale until March. Thanks!
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gpsc Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hope your semester is off to a good start
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SageFillyLuna Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
stan!!!! XD thats the best thing ever!
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