Future Serial Killers: Kids' Drawings Painted Realistically

April 19, 2010


This is a little gallery of children's drawings copied and painted realistically by Dave Devries as part of a project called Monster Engine. What's Monster Engine? The opposite of an angel caboose, silly!

Eleven years ago Dave Devries started the Monster Engine project with one single question: What would a child's drawing look like if it were painted realistically?

The process is simple. I project a child's drawing with an opaque projector, faithfully tracing each line. Applying a combination of logic and instinct, I then paint the image as realistically as I can. My medium is mixed--primarily acrylic, airbrush, and colored pencil.

Dave admittedly does a great job, but I'm still convinced most of these kids are, or will soon be, serial killers. Don't get me wrong, I've been known to crush a box of Count Chocula in my day, but -- you see where this is going? I hate myself already.

Hit the jump for a whole bunch more.










The Monster Engine (with a ton more)
'Monster Engine' brings children's drawings to life [thechive]

Thanks to Richard, who once drew some cartoon-y privates in a bathroom stall.

  • Gabriel Kadaj

    that's fucking retarded. Most of the dark aspects comes from the bias added to the second drawings by dave.

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