Amazing Realistic Paintings of Children’s Drawings

Amazing Realistic Paintings of Children’s Drawings

An old colleague of mine (thanks Miles!) recently posted this link on his Google+ profile and I was instantly mesmerised. Illustrator Dave DeVries has had the amazing idea of taking children’s drawings and representing them as ‘realistic’ paintings in a project called “The Monster Engine”. The results are absolutely amazing. The artist describes his initiative as “a book, a demonstration, lecture and a gallery exhibition. The premise for all three came from one single question: What would a child’s drawing look like if it were painted realistically?”

This project began in 1998 after his niece filled his sketchbook with doodles. Many people have commented on his work, and there is a real mix of opinions in there. A lot of people – like me - are simply blown away by how beautiful it all is, but many others argue that this is only a representation (i.e. a guess) of what the children drew and that it all looks a little ‘too dark’. It’s actually a very interesting read.

I would love to take this whole thing one step further and see full 3D representations of the characters… Any of you out there feel up to the challenge? Who knows where it could lead? 

If any of you are feeling generous and wondering what I want for Christmas, this book is high on my list ;-)

5 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Isabelle Duarte
Tue 13 Dec 2011: 8:13am

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  • Drama Essay:

    I love art..This one is really impressive and It shows emotion..

  • Isabelle Duarte:

    Hi DHW,

    Thanks for the link! I hadn't seen the Metro article - cool!


  • DHW:

    Glad to see inspiring artists at work and also it's nice to see he got alot of good exposure, as he was featured in the Metro Newspaper yesterday. Link to the article-

    Also just want to say he illustrated Spiderman for Marvel in the past too, can't be more cool than that.

  • Mike Griggs:

    Thats the most awesome seen I have seen all month, going to be watching creativebloke juniors sketches very closely from now on!

  • Toby Young:

    These are disturbing images, a brilliant concept that would make Art Brut into a horror film!

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