written by Cyanide Seelowe
What would a child's drawing look like if it were painted realistically?
The question was both asked and answered by Dave Devrie, the creator of the book, the lecture, and the website entitled The Monster Engine.
Dave Devrie has loved comic books since he was a child. He loved them so much that when he grew up, he found himself in the lucky position of being able to draw them. It was through his career as a comic artist and a creator of monsters for Universal studios that he learned the dynamics of color, detail, and light when it comes to attracting the human eye- but none of the monsters or heroes he created seemed to match up to the images that his niece created with markers, crayons, and cheap paper. So he embarked on the quest of taking the drawings of a child and applying all of the professional techniques he had learned during his career while remaining true to the original design that came from the child's drawings.
The Monster Engine is the first in a series of books- future titles will include The Undersea Engine, The Circus Engine, The Hero Engine, and so on. The subject matter will change according to title, but the principle will remain the same: All of the original drawings will come directly from the imagination of a child.
Whether or not you like the artworks involved, I implore you to visit the website. A world of whimsy, wonder, and outright silliness awaits you in the Monster Engine!