Etch A Sketch

I became interested in the possibilities of the Etch-A-Sketch as a medium several years ago.

The Etch-A-Sketch offers a number of unique challenges and opportunities to the artist. The medium in some ways is a very demanding one, in that there is no way to erase a misstep, except to start over. In addition, the entire drawing consists of one continuous line, requiring a fair amount of planning and eliminating the possibility of drawing completely isolated structures.

The works are made permanent by simply removing the aluminum powder from the Etch-A-Sketch and securing the knobs.

My choice of the female form was driven by both the limitations and strengths of the Etch-A-Sketch medium. The forms are simple and readily recognizable, compensating for the inherently limited contrast of the screen. I enjoy the challenge of making drawings of natural, curving shapes on a medium whose primary strength is drawing straight lines at right angles. And of course the female form is innately interesting...

Hot Pursuit
Topless Beach
Inspired by Chinese carved cork diorama
Sexy in glasses, sold to an eyeglass store
Our Living Room
My Etch-A-Sketch drawing made it into Seattle Magazine.