We all remember the Etch-A-Sketch as a fun toy from childhood. But did you know it was good for more than just nostalgia? In fact, there’s a whole section of Reddit dedicated to showcasing just how versatile an Etch-A-Sketch can really be. The artists that use it can turn a silly toy into a genuine medium for making art. You’ll be astounded when you see what these people can do!
The artists in this list can do everything from character illustrations to re-creating old masterpieces. The amount of detail going into each piece is truly amazing. As it turns out, all you need to sketch a portrait is two dials and a ton of concentration. Keep reading, and check out 30 of the craziest things you’ll ever see on an Etch-A-Sketch!
You can re-create any painting on an Etch-A-Sketch!
Look at how closely the two images match! That must require a whole lot of precision.
Take a look at this artwork!
Who knew you could be so intricate using an Etch-A-Sketch?
Sometimes a good meme is all you need.
Well, this is definitely some fine etch-a-sketching!
How about this throwback to ‘The Land Before Time’?
As a fellow Etch A Sketch artist, did I miss out on the karma train already?
What a crazy detailed sketch!
The Tightrope Walker stretching portrait is featured in the Haunted Mansion rides in Disney’s California, Florida, and Tokyo theme parks.
And now, it’s featured on this Etch-A-Sketch!
This artist crafted an impressively real-looking dolphin—we can practically feel that water splashing.
One type of classic meets another:
What a cool interpretation of da Vinci’s famous work!
It’s like we’re in the Red Square!
This is a stunning sketch of the famous cathedral in Moscow, Russia!
This is pretty neat for a quick sketch.
And slightly morbid, but interesting subject matter!
Here’s a lovingly-rendered Disney character:
And this one is done on a pocket Etch-A-Sketch, which is even smaller!
How crazy is that?!
And here’s our favorite teenaged hero from “The Incredibles.”
She’s even got her powers of invisibility in this awesome sketch!
Including this sketched-out Psyduck that one Redditor posted!
Here’s another work from the Haunted Mansion:
The artist nailed it, right down to the shadows on the frame!
What a cool, pocket-sized drawing!
How to kill 2 hours on a flight with an Etch-A-Sketch. I call this “Airplane Mode.”
Yet another rendition of a da Vinci:
How awesome is it, that someone can capture a 15th century mural in an Etch-A-Sketch!
Another famous landscape:
This sketch of the Taj Mahal even shows the building’s reflection in the water!
M.C. Escher’s Bond of Union was first produced in 1956, and here it is in a totally different medium.
Pokemon characters seem to be a popular Etch-A-Sketch subject!
It’s Charizard! On an Etch A Sketch! I etched this for my best friend a few years ago. Based on the original Pokemon TCG illustration.
And they’re also a good way to immortalize memes.
Did I etch this in time?
Remember Boo, from “Monster’s Inc?”
Here she is, in all her Etch-A-Sketch cuteness!
Bob Ross doesn’t just teach painting, apparently.
Just look at those happy little clouds in Etch-A-Sketch form!
Etch-A-Sketches make for an interesting sketchbook.
But the right artist can make any kind of sketchbook work!
This sketch is a whale of a time!
I wonder how the whale got stuck in that maze in the first place?
Van Gogh lives on in museums…and Etch-A-Sketches.
The way line density replaces colors in this sketch is absolutely amazing!
Why not tackle some infamous historical figures?
It’s a pretty good likeness to the renowned French military leader!
You either really love or (really) hate this “Star Wars” character:
But at least we can all agree that this drawing of Jar Jar Binks is very well done!
Are you a fan of Stranger Things?
Then you might be a fan of this Etch-A-Sketch demogorgon!
This drawing is here just in time for Halloween!
“Costumed Child Disappointed that ‘Spooky Murder House’ gives out Toothbrushes.”
If you have a green Etch-A-Sketch, you must draw Luigi. Obviously!
You can even re-create comic strips with an Etch-A-Sketch!
Is this a mildly inconvenient way to make comics? Yes. Is it super well-drawn? Also, yes!
Share this unconventional art with all of your artistically-inclined friends!