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!
Perhaps one of my most recent developments is a new addition to my apartment. Meet Stan.
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:
"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.
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!