Almost everyone has fond memories of Etch-A-Sketch, the childhood toy that lets kids (and adults!) draw with knobs that control aluminum powder along an X and Y axis. Ohio Art Company released the first Etch-A-Sketch in 1960, and it has never gone out of style. That’s because the Etch-A-Sketch is an ideal way to while away the hours, procrastinating and creating. Few people produced anything exciting as children, but now there are full-time Etch-A-Sketch artists who have created some incredible art works using this old kids’ favorite.
The time involved in creating these intricate drawings is intense. These 17 sketches will blow your mind, and might even inspire you to dig the old Etch-A-Sketch out of mom and dad’s attic for some quality doodle-time.
This amazing sketch shows the Golden Gate Bridge.
All About Bob
Bob Ross would surely approve of this incredible sketch of the PBS master making a painting of tiny trees.
Hansel & Gretel
This sketch is based on an old record, 1960’s Hansel & Gretel, which was released by Cricket Records. The drawing perfectly captures the vintage art depicting the classic fairy tale.
Master of the Universe
This sketch of He-Man is a throwback effort, featuring a 1980’s cartoon on a 1980’s toy.
Cats dominate the internet, so of course they’ve found their way into Etch-A-Sketch art. This fantastic feline is about to end the life of an unsuspecting goldfish.
After making this drawing, it’s not too hard to imagine BoJack Horseman wasting an entire day playing on an Etch-A-Sketch.
Ron Swanson lives in this Etch-A-Sketch, which looks like a picture of Ron just before he’s about to grill up 25 pounds of meat.
Mona Lisa Smiles
Why not transfer one of the most famous works of art to a mini Etch-A-Sketch drawing?
America, celebrated in this unbelievably detailed drawing, shows how this land was made for you and me: the Statue of Liberty, Chrysler Building, Mount Rushmore, the St. Louis Arches, the Capitol, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Yes We Can
The Obama era now feels decades away, so it’s appropriate to revisit the President and President Lincoln via Etch-A-Sketch. Noted artist George Vlosich III was inspired to create this one.
Elvis has been commemorated on everything from coins to velvet paintings.
The Fab Four heard about Elvis’ Etch-A-Sketch portrait and requested their own.
Viva Las Vegas!
Las Vegas in all of its splendor is rendered here by Etch-A-Sketch artist George Vlosich.
Pulp Fiction’s memorable character Mia Wallace, as played by Uma Thurman, lives in this drawing by artist Etchasketchist.
Heath Ledger’s Joker character from The Dark Knight is memorialized here by artist Etchasketchist.
Vincent Van Gogh is evoked in this sketch version of his Starry Night, which was completed by artist Jeff Gagliardi.
Gagliardi also expertly took on Salvador Dali’s surrealist landscape, this time turning the melted landscape into the Etch-A-Sketch deli that dreams are made of.