It all started in 1998, when comic book artist Dave Devries discovered his sketchpad was filled with doodles of monsters and other strange characters created by his young niece... and he was struck by an amazing idea.
“As a painter, I made cartoons look three dimensional every day for the likes of Marvel and DC comics,” Devries writes, “so why couldn't I apply those same techniques to a kid's drawing?”
The results of his efforts are compiled in the award-winning book The Monster Engine, which since its publication in 2011 has grown to include school tours, lectures and gallery exhibitions.
The book features 48 monsters, each shown in its original sketch form by the child artist, then with Devries' interpretation in acrylic, airbrush and colored pencils. An interview with the child, in which they explain what the drawing means, forms the transition between the two images.
Visit The Monster Engine website for more info and background on the book, including how to order your own copy.