Tuesday, October 19, 2010

We don't buy art - Jacob Evancho

Artists aren't always starving, which Jacob Evancho is proving at a young age. The 12-year-old Pittsburgh student recently earned a six-month contract with Uncommon, an online company that sells designer protective cases for Apples' iPhones and iPod Touches. Last February, he submitted a photo of an art project he completed in second grade, crafted from glue, tinfoil and black ink. The photo was added to Uncommon's collection of designs, which Apple customers can purchase and customize for their pocket electronics. Jacob's design will be featured on the website's homepage for a month, and he'll earn 5 percent of every $2 case sold. The idea of turning art into a marketable product — which customers can shrink, enlarge or turn — is new to Jacob, and "pretty cool" he said. The Evancho home is filled with the childrens' artwork, and Jacob's award-winning design always intrigued his dad, Mike, who has guided Jacob through the process. "We don't buy art," he said, "we frame our kids' art." Jacob's uncle, Jeff Evancho, runs a summer art program at Quaker Valley Middle School that Jacob hopes to attend in the near future. The sixth-grader's drawings and paintings are improving each year, but his current passion is 3-D art, Jacob said. - Kyle Lawson, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

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