If you’ve never seen Star Wars…oh, never mind. Just be spoiled.
Here at GFR, we’ve seen parts of the Star Wars narrative retold in a variety of different ways, from a capella cosplay to Shakespeare to virtual reality. We even have an ancient edition of the Star Wars Kama Sutra that has a move called the Sarlacc Pit that is out of this world. Literally. But I can honestly say we’ve never seen the first entry of George Lucas’ saga told through the use of an Etch-a-Sketch. As a matter of fact, we’ve never seen any stories told using an Etch-a-Sketch, except for the one about the box and the shitty-looking circle.
This recap comes courtesy of Todd’s Sketches, a YouTube channel where artist extraordinaire Todd Boudreaux becomes a veritable magician with two knobs and aluminum powder. While he hasn’t been posting videos for very long, he’s already tackled subjects such as The Lion King, Breaking Bad, football, and the history of beer. It’s safe to say Todd’s only limitations are the end of the world and arthritis.
But enough about everything else he can do. We’re focusing on a galaxy far, far away here. As you can imagine, he doesn’t get into every single scene and plot point, but all of the major beats are mentioned, and he sketches out some wickedly amazing portraits of every single one of the main cast, and even the Jawas. R2-D2, C-3PO, and Darth Vader all look quite awesome, but it’s Chewbacca who looks the best, with his line-fur body. And when it comes to non-sentient objects, the Death Star takes second place to the highly detailed Millennium Falcon. While I’m writing the next paragraph, one of you guys try and find out what kind of animals Todd has to sacrifice to the Art gods before making each of these videos.
Not only is it awesome to see drawings on the screen come together in the fast-forwarded video, but watching his hands as he works is ridiculously intimidating. I mean he’s obviously been practicing on the Etch-a-Sketch for ages, but an amateur like myself would have trouble even making two ends of a line connect.
This video, much like Todd’s assessment of Luke’s attack on the Death Star, “works surprisingly well,” which is a huge understatement in both cases.
Want to see some more of Todd’s talent? Check out the below video, in which he takes a viewer-submitted request to draw Miley Cyrus and a grizzly bear both swinging on wrecking balls over a tank full of sharks. Yeah, now you know what your next tattoo will be.