What would a child’s drawing look like if it were painted realistically? Dave DeVries, an accomplished comic artist, answers this question in his terrifyingly realistic renders of children’s drawings from his book The Monster Engine.
This refreshingly creative idea came to Dave as he was painting “monsters for Universal Studios, but those monsters weren’t as cool as the ones I saw lurking in my niece’s sketches,” the artist says. “It made me remember my childhood and also realize that no matter how old I became I could always see things like a child.”
The artist uses an opaque projector to trace each line of the drawing. Afterwards, he colors the sketch and adds texture and shading that create the 3D effect. “As a painter, I made cartoons look three dimensional every day for the likes of Marvel and DC comics, so why couldn’t I apply those same techniques to a kid’s drawing? ”
The result of this 7 year project was The Monster Engine: a book, a demonstration, lecture and a gallery exhibition – and all our childhood monsters brought back to life.