The Monster Engine is a project born from the imagination of Dave Devries. The project originally started when he asked the simple question, "What would a child's drawing look like if it were painted realistically?"
In 1998 he started the project because of doodles his young niece would leave in his sketchbooks or on scraps of paper around his home. From there he started transforming some of her drawings into 3D concepts and "bringing them to life". From there it expanded into a book, demonstration, lecture and gallery exhibition.
Devires is an illustrator and painter for Marvel and DC comics he applied his learned techniques to create truly unique pieces of art, all originally derived from simplistic children's drawings.
How he creates these works is by projecting a child's drawing with an opaque projector, then tracing all the lines. After getting the base outline and simple lines complete, he then renders the image as realistically as he can using acrylic, airbrush, and colored pencil.
I think this project is really awesome and creates for some very interesting characters. Sometimes the best view is through the eyes of a child.
For more images check out the site www.themonsterengine.com.