Art comes in many forms; painting, sculpting, and drawing are just a few of the ways that artists can bring their ideas out of their minds and into the world. The real beauty is that the possibilities are almost limitless. If you can dream it, you can do it!
Regardless of our level of artistic talent, there are many forms of creation that we should all try. Personally, I can't even draw a stick figure, but I had a blast playing around with watercolors as a kid. And how about the Etch-A-Sketch? The toy that has occupied so many hours of just about everyone's childhood is awesome, for both artists and amateurs alike ... but it's not a "serious" art form, right?
Wrong, so, so wrong. Meet Jane Labowitch, a 24-year-old artist who creates bonafide works of art on just a simple Etch-A-Sketch.
She goes by the name Princess Etch-A-Sketch, and it's easy to figure out why.
She spends her time recreating the world's most famous masterpieces on her Etch-A-Sketch, often from hours of in-person observation.
In the picture above, Labowitch had been working on faithfully copying Georges Seurat's major work of pointillism art, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, for about two-and-a-half hours.
The finished product below took four sittings and a total of eight hours to complete.
She's given Van Gogh's world-renowned The Starry Night the Etch-A-Sketch treatment as well.
With a canvas as small as an Etch-A-Sketch, Labowitch sometimes prefers to take a more focused look, such as her recreation of just the nearly-touching fingers in Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam. The piece is part of the famous fresco found on the Sistine Chapel's ceiling.
La Joconde is viewed by nearly six million people each year, so Mona Lisa and her infamous expression make an obvious choice for one of Labowitch's pieces.
She doesn't stick to just paintings, though. Labowitch also recreates sculptures on her drawing instrument. Winged Victory of Samothrace, a 2nd-century BC marble statue of the Greek Goddess Nike, is housed in the Louvre with the Mona Lisa ... and now on Labowitch's Etch-A-Sketch, too!
Aside from paintings and sculptures, Labowitch sketches familiar faces from pop culture, like Mario of Super Mario fame.
Architecture is another favorite of hers. After she's done with each masterpiece, Labowitch sells her work in her Etsy shop. She preserves the art within the Etch-A-Sketches and sells them, as well as prints of her work. She also takes custom orders - what a unique gift!
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