Jane Labowitch started playing with an Etch A Sketch when she was only four years old. She’s been able to combine a talent for drawing with the very precise movements needed to make the toy do what she wants it to do. She’s known as Princess Etch, is a professional Etch A Sketch artist, and has been recognized by Ripley’s Believe it or Not for her incredible creations.
When you consider an Etch A Sketch requires everything to be drawn via one continuous line, you can imagine how much creativity it requires to develop the complex, detailed scenes she loves to design!
There are several sizes of Etch A Sketch these days, so her canvas (so to speak) ranges from using the classic size which is about 9 inches by 9 inches, all the way to mini ones that measure only about 1 inch by 2 inches. And if you remember playing with this toy, you’ll recall that the images you make aren’t permanent; with a quick shake you’re back to having a blank screen.
On this episode, host Angela de Burger chats with Jane about creating such a unique career for herself, her creative process when starting a new piece, the prep she needs to do before drawing the first line, the creative challenge she faces when doing real-time live drawings for an audience, and what it was like to be featured by Ripley’s Believe it or Not for her unusual talent.
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People who inspire Jane:
Christoph Brown @amazingetchman, Samantha Watt @samantha_sketch, Sam Cox aka Mr. Doodle, Keith Haring, Vincent van Gogh, M.C. Escher
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Music credit: https://www.purple-planet.com