Etch a Sketch Artist loses life's work in earthquake

Written by Ben Macnair

Sunday, 18 July 2010


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Mr Leonardo Smith, 27, has seen his life's work destroyed in an earthquake. The Earthquake only measured 0.7 on the Richter scale, but the artist works solely on Etch a Sketches.

The retro 80's favourite was seen as a fore-runner for many graphic design programmes, and Mr Smith always liked the old fashioned feel of the Etch a Sketch.

The sad artist told us: 'It is a tragedy, I have been doing this work for the best part of 20 years now, I started as a child, and just continued. My first Etch-A-Sketch was just a basic one, but I developed my own techniques and ideas and ways of doing things. I could do circles, I could do hands, and people. I had a collection of Nude pictures, cars, trees, you name it. I was even experimenting with Photo-Realism, but this quake puts the end to all of my work'.

We asked him for more information and he told us: 'Of course, I wanted to do an exhibition, but I could get no-one to display these, and of course, they could not have flown, or travelled far without being destroyed. That was what I really hated about the art form. It was too temporary, but it was cheap. You can buy an Etch-a-Sketch on ebay for 50p, cheaper than good pencils and paper, and of course you can take it everywhere with you. I really don't know what to do now though, perhaps I will get a job, but no-one wants an etch-a-sketch artist these days, do they?'

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