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Published on Dec 4, 2015
Dave DeVries, founder of The Monster Engine, was featured on CBS This Morning back in late April. The segment helped promote awareness and showcase artwork by local children.
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.