Monday, July 17, 2006

Artist Sketches Masterpieces On Etch-A-Sketches

CLEVELAND (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Most people consider an Etch-A- Sketch child’s play, but one Cleveland, Ohio artist has turned the toy into a cash cow.

George Vlosich III sketched his first creation of the U.S. capitol in the back of his parents’ car when he was 9 years old, and now earns up to $10,000 a pop for his recreations of Michael Jordan, Will Smith and Muhammad Ali.

That very first sketch only took an hour, but nowadays Vlosich can spend 70 hours etching out the perfect picture.

As he puts it, “Doing the outline is the least time- consuming part – it’s the shading that takes the most time because I don’t want the lines to get too thick.”

Vlosich usually starts and stops a project over at least five times, and admits he has occasionally dropped an Etch-A-Sketch and completely erased an entire project.

During a meeting with the Toronto Blue Jays, he dropped and destroyed one of his designs before he could give it to the team.

Now, Vlosich drains some of the powder out of the screen so the final product is permanent and won’t accidentally erase itself – allowing him to ship his products all over the country.

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