Hullo peeps. So, was thinking that I should update this blog more often yah? And I might not be able to post my own works frequently, so thought I'd feature other people once in a while yah? So here I'd like to feature this awesome project by Dace DeVries, The Monster Engine.
|Dave DeVries doing a live demo|
So what is "The Monster Engine" anyway? Well, here's what I got from the website;
The Monster Engine is 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?
It began at the Jersey Shore in 1998, where my niece Jessica often filled my sketchbook with doodles. While I stared at them, I wondered if color, texture and shading could be applied for a 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? That was it... no research, no years of toil, just the curiosity of seeing Jessica's drawings come to life.
The book is a 48-page collection of drawings, paintings, photos and interviews. The book's preface explains, in depth, the history, intentions and results of this seven-year project.
Interesting huh? Here's some of the artworks from this project. It's really really interesting and creative. Makes you go, "Hey wish I thought of that first!".
|Old Sratch and The Fish|
So there you have it. Love 'em all!! Makes these monsters seem so real. It's giving me ideas when my son starts drawing. Weeee. Plus I believe kids have the most amazing and creative imagination ever. So this is a great way to preserve and appreciate their wild imagination at this tender age of discovery. Hats off to Dave DeVries for such a wonderful project!
Much Love, Sue Anna Joe