Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Monster Engine by Dave DeVries

Happy New Year everybody! The new year brings lots of changes for me, and to Kitty as a Picture - more about that coming soon, but first I want to show a couple of images from The Monster Engine. For those who haven't yet discovered it, the talented painter Dave DeVries asked, when pondering the doodles of his young niece Jessica, 'What would a child's drawing look like if it was painted realistically? And so began The Monster Engine. I spotted it on elezea.com and just love the concept. Take a look...

Dave, already a skilled painter in the comic industry for big names such as Marvel and DC comics, applies his skills with colour, texture, and shading to a child's drawing and the result is fascinating. The Monster Engine is the resulting book and gives full credit to the young artist not merely by showing the original artwork, but also combining an interview with the child about Dave's painting. The interview separates the two pieces of art creating a 'cliffhanger' aspect that leaves the viewer in anticipation of the painted transformation.


Dave describes the process as simple:

I project a child’s drawing with an opaque projector, faithfully tracing each line. Applying a combination of logic and instinct, I then paint the image as realistically as I can. My medium is mixed—primarily acrylic, airbrush, and colored pencil.

No question The Monster Engine is intriguing and has attracted a lot of attention - released in June of 2005, it attracted 17 million hits in the first month and continues to get 1/2 million hits per month and is linked to over a 12,000 blogs worldwide. Impressive!
Find out more about Dave DeVries here.

Many thanks to Dave DeVries for allowing Kitty as a Picture Kids Design Blog to feature The Monster Engine.