The Internet is the tool of the independent artist, as visual mediums are easily accessible, and an artist doesn't need to luckily land him or herself an appearance in a popup art gallery somewhere in order to put his or her work out into the wild. Because of that, we've seen some fairly impressive art created through some even more impressive mediums. Jane Labowitch, otherwise known as Princess Etch A Sketch, showcases the synergy between Internet and art with her intricately detailed Nintendo Etch A Sketch illustrations, more of which can be seen below.
Biking can be a great way to get around, or stay in shape, or just have a little fun, but I'll bet you never considered that it could be a way to doodle. Neither have I, but WallyGPX has, and he's gotten quite good at it. By plotting intricate rides around the Baltimore area, WallyGPX -- real name Michael J. Wallace -- has GPS-painted dozens and dozens of images using the city like a giant Etch-A-Sketch. He's been doing it a while, but he just got a surge of attention when the official Angry Birds Twitter account made note of their favorite piece of his.
Marshall Alexander didn't just create a papercraft Etch-a-Sketch and Viewmaster, he anthropomorphized them, making them look like characters that would be in a Disney movie. Not only are they adorable, but Alexander has provided instructions over on his blog so you can make your own. Check out more pictures after the jump.
One of the hardest parts of using an Etch A Sketch, aside from the ever-continuing line and the difficulty of moving diagonally is that you have to turn a circle knob to make a straight line. I'll admit, I'm getting a little picky here, but I was never good at using an Etch A Sketch, because as a person who gets confused easily, they are positively infuriating. YouTuber Alpinedelta32's Arduino mod might actually make the device usable for someone like me because it translates those pesky knobs to a NES controller d-pad. Finally, Etch A Sketchin' for the rest of us.
Video after the jump.
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The Narrative Philosophy Behind The Cape (Inside TV)
(pic by Rob Cham, via Laughing Squid.)
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