Sunday, March 22, 2015

Video: Meet the Bob Ross of Etch-A-Sketch

Posted By on Sun, Mar 22, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Making great art takes time, patience and dedication. That's why the late, great Bob Ross was a master. For years, the fuzzy-haired landscape guru gave TV viewers the tools of the landscape-painting trade and made it look easy enough for almost anyone to try. 

We don't know how many years Willie Witte, a former Idahoan now artist/videographer living in California, spent honing his Etch-A-Sketch skills, but on his YouTube channel, happy.little.etch, he reminds us of the grueling toil that comes with artistic mastery.

In this video, Witte (aka M.C. Etcher) uses the iconic magnet-powered drafting toy to mimic the final product of the Painting with Bob Ross Season 2, Episode 3, "Mountain Retreat."

For those unfamiliar with the mechanics of the Etch-A-Sketch, it's easy enough to turn the knobs and draft in straight lines, but rendering curves and diagonals requires uncommon skill. 

For Witte, whose video has been sped up to show "Mountain Retreat" progress from blank screen to pastoral in fewer than three minutes, it's a breeze—taking only occasional breaks to stretch his hands before getting back to "goin' hard on the knobs." 

Check out more of his work on Instagram and Ink361.
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