Amazing Art Works Based On Children’s Drawings

The photos you are about to see are part of the “The Monster Engine Project“, created by Dave DeVries. It includes a book, a demonstration, lecture and a gallery exhibition.

The Monster Engine is based on the idea of creating realistic paintings from children’s drawings. It all turned out to be a great success and an innovative concept. Sometimes artists just happen to get to one point where their imagination stops. But not children.

They are an endless “resource” for creations and we are going to prove that to you with this post. 22 images presenting the drawing made by children, all around 6 years old and then their representations made by Dave DeVries.

The Good Man

The Good Man
author: Dave DeVries

Big Moth

Big Moth
author: Dave DeVries

By Kimbelry

By Kimbelry
author: Dave DeVries

Monster

Monster
author: Dave DeVries

Weird Cat

Weird Cat
author: Dave DeVries

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman
author: Dave DeVries

4 Arms

4 Arms
author: Dave DeVries

Michael

Michael
author: Dave DeVries

Imaginative Art

Imaginative Art
author: Dave DeVries

By Brendon Miller – age 7

By Brendon Miller - age 7
author: Dave DeVries

Monster Attacking

Monster Attacking
author: Dave DeVries

For Uncle David

For Uncle David
author: Dave DeVries

Weird Vehicle

Weird Vehicle
author: Dave DeVries

Dinosaur

Dinosaur
author: Dave DeVries

Superman Sketch

Superman Sketch
author: Dave DeVries

Superman Color

Superman Color
author: Dave DeVries

Supergirl

Supergirl
author: Dave DeVries

Angry Ball

Angry Ball
author: Dave DeVries

Angry Ball

Angry Ball
author: Dave DeVries

Chelsea

Chelsea
author: Dave DeVries

Catch

Catch
author: Dave DeVries

Hankie

Hankie
author: Dave DeVries

Author: Giulia

Giulia is a 25 year old girl from Romania. She runs a blog dedicated to cute animals on furrytalk.com. She's also an amateur photographer and has a passion for Photoshop.

118 thoughts on “Amazing Art Works Based On Children’s Drawings”

  1. really impressing…. i am still in its hangover even after wathching it all n number times… hats off for both the artists and the children(young artists)…:)
    loved the use of colour…
    wud luv to see more like this…
    thanks giulia for this session…:)

  2. Cool, but some of the little kid ones are obviously not drawn by children. the faces on some have 3-dimensional features that a toddlers mind could not articulate on paper with a drawing.

  3. It’s weird, it’s like childrens drawings when converted into a detailed art form are images we see in our dreams or something. I like the structureless off it.

  4. So basically this is a job for someone who can draw really well, but has no imagination, so he uses the kid’s imaginations.

  5. Wow..I think this is amazing..its beautiful to see the changes that have been made from the children’s drawings to the grown up’s drawings.

  6. An absolutely stunning and inspiring collection of work by artists, based on real kids’ drawings. I’m just totally blown away by this!

  7. These are absolutely genius! One of the most difficult things to do as an artist is finding inspiration. Children have the purest sense of creativity and what has been derived from their work here is amazing!

  8. to first Anon – how are any of the children’s drawing *not* children’s drawings?

    not to mention that you’re wrong… toddler’s CAN have an idea of dimensionality … although i didn’t really see any dimensionality (3D kind) in any of the toddler drawings… were you thinking that the one’s made by an adult artist were made by children?
    maybe next time read the caption? =]

  9. what a great series that takes the vision and art of a child,and interprets it with the skills of a great artist that happens to be an adult.I’ll bet the kids said “thats exactly what I was seeing” [; so cool they will really apprecciate it when they are grown artists,and it will inspire them to continue to create with such freedom.

  10. I like the childrens’ drawings much better. The way he colours them seems to alter the innocence of how child creates a picture. Kids draw the way they do because it is what they are capable of at their age and they believe they have accurately depicted their subject. His renderings seem rather frightening, though his work is still very interesting and I appreciate how he worked with what he saw in the child’s drawing and gave it depth. Its cool but slightly uncomfortable as though looking at a crazy dream or odd night mare.

  11. I think that it’s kind of creepy that they all look so scary. I’m imagining those creatures, running around in the imaginations of little kids. O_O Unicorns that eat rainbows and poop butterflies are soooo much happier. anyway, some good photoshop skills πŸ™‚

  12. To the silly Anon above…many of the kids were 7. That is hardly a “toddler”. None of these drawings are beyond what even a mildly talented 7 year old could draw.

    Love the comparisons, great stuff!

  13. Here you can find a lot of – not so scarring – child’s drawings, turned into oil paintings.

    The motto of this website is:

    Add value to their expression!
    …feel like a “Young-Rembrandt”

  14. This is interesting, however, the fact that the artist took a somewhat disturbing angle to the drawings turns me off. Adults often have a way to mar the creativity and innocence of a child’s art.

    Joanne – I find it odd you call children ‘mini-artists’….seems to take something away from what they create. In fact, I would say they in some way more pure than adult artists.

  15. The adult versions emphasizes ugliness and distortion, while the children’s versions are merely uncomplicated. I think this shows that the artists have lost a great deal — or been swayed by the rough edges of the material world — in the aesthetic consciousness they’ve cultivated since youth.

  16. Very nice, but would be way better if the drawings weren’t all traced. The beauty in a child’s ability to draw comes from being able to perceive shapes and reproduce them on paper, or to see shapes in their imagination and to reproduce them on paper. In these drawings, the shapes are too similar to the originals which I conclude were all traced. Nice effort indeed.

  17. very nice collection… just wonder if the last one about the “Spanky Hanky” isn’t the childs (parrot like) memory comming out on paper… as if to say that his mother was yelling this to his father the night before??!!

  18. I find nothing at all exploitative about this art project. The artist is playing a wonderful “what if?” game of re-envisioning what a child’s drawing might look like if they possessed more mature graphic skills. I thought he kept true to the intent of the drawings. If they seemed too scary to some of the viewers here, look again at the child’s drawing and notice the cues he picked up. When kids draw pointy teeth and spikey hair, they are drawing monsters. Devries just pushed them forward in the direction they were already going, and if it scared and disturbed you, GOOD!, you got the intent of the kid’s drawing as well as Devries’.

    As for the kids’ drawings that did not have obvious cues to monsterdom, I agree that he could have opted to use a less lurid palette and push them in a more positive direction (for Wonder Woman and Catch, i.e.)

  19. Just so amazing!!!! Great idea, great effort and a fucking good eye!!! He lets adults to be able to see the imagination of kids. I do respect. :)))

  20. xendlessxurbiax needs to read the opening statement. The children drew their picture first.

    “idea of creating realistic paintings from children’s drawings”

  21. The children’s work was more inspired and multidimensional. When this “artist,” does his rendition the pictures loose all of their former depth and complexity. Advice to Artist: Take the kids example, get off the computer, back to pencil and paper and your own mind.

  22. I enjoyed both artist’s rendition; but I feel that the children showed another emotion, such as love and friendship, and the monster artist changed into something wicked and scary.

  23. I think I see a lot of stereotypes playing out here…. first off, as a little girl, not all of my drawing were full of sunshine and butterflies. When something scared me, or made me feel insecure, I would often try to draw my boogeyman. Also, these are all obviously done by children, just look at the crude brush strokes. Toddlers are creatures of imitation to learn, so if they had seen someone draw a face with three-dimensional attributes, they would do the same. I was overall impressed with this artists ideas, and felt that each and every picture was a vivid recreation of the original. This ability allows for adults to pay closer attention to what we can learn from the artistic musings of children. Too often these drawings would be dismissed out of hand.

  24. Amazing. Verry warped, but some how compelling. I like how the artist/artists didn’t try to change the original picture. It makes you think that children often hold more wisdome and creativity than most adults.

  25. I dunno, lots of these kids seem to have problems. Many of the pics looks like variations of the Rage Guy! The rest look pretty messed up.

  26. First off I LOVE this!

    Just genius!

    However I’m bothered by all these people tearing the adult down without even knowing any of the details and making a basket load of assumptions.

    First off about how the artist made the pictures scary…Kids see some scary stuff, why do you think they’re afraid of monsters? They have pictures of them in their heads. When I was 10 and younger most of my art was snakes and swords drawn as scary as I could. From 11-15 when I wasn’t drawing cars and babes like all the other cool kids I was drawing stick men dying horrible deaths in huge endless traps that guaranteed nothing but death by dismemberment, smashing, burning or something else equally horrible.

    To those saying the kids drawings are better…I’m sorry. No. They’re very mediocre drawings. Not to say they’re not interesting or I don’t like them I’ve just seen much more creative and much more talented artists. The adult on the other hand was able to look at a kid’s drawing and have the imagination to turn it into what he did…that’s some insane talent!

  27. “This is an atrocious undermining of the young artist mind. Disgraceful.”
    Agreed. The art the children did should NOT have been tampered with!
    Also.. the new art isn’t that good…. the coloring looks muddy, he made the faces even MORE disproportionate with bad shading and overall he ruins the charm of the original drawings.

  28. I’m struck by how all the images are horrific, or negative.
    Children use art to tame their fears and empower themselves. I love that. And love the drawings.

    I’m just startled by how there’s no gentle imagery here. (Not blaming the kids!) But our culture.

    Way, way too much TV. I’ve seen stuff on daytime TV I know incredible numbers of little 3 and 3 and 4-year-olds are absorbing unprotected. We’re numbed to the damage it causes them.

  29. that anon guy is an idiot, toddlers aren’t 6 years old, they’re like 2 and 3… If you had read the paragraph explaining the artwork, you would have noticed.
    i really love this, it is very inspiring.

  30. I think that its funny, adults look at it as either simply scribbles, or amazing art. The artists themselves see it as a christmas present πŸ™‚

  31. In one of the comments above left by Anon, he states that most of the drawing could not have been done by kids. You are very wrong. if given the freedom, kinds have a very good concept of images. my son who is 4 years old can do amazing pictures. I even put up a website for him http://www.zacharysart.com I will try to post some of the more recent ones as he is becoming more amazing every day

  32. I love these! My 6 yr old daughter (who I’ve named my site after) does the most wonderful drawings, very naive but extremely inventive and unique. The drawings are full of life and the characters have fantastic expressions. I’ve often wondered what they would be like as an actual painting, and as an artist myself, have often thought about creating one from her drawings, just to investigate the look. I love her drawings and have kept many. I think kids drawings are full of life as they explore their creative freedom and try to capture the world around them, or their imagination.

  33. For those of you who say these are scary and claim it’s because children watch too much tv please note it’s titled “The Monster Engine Project” and for those of you who cannot distinguish which is the child’s artwork you….should not be on the internet, I don’t know how you figured out how to comment let alone find this website

  34. Amazing interpretations…and a bit creepy! I love looking at children’s art. It’s amazing how such cute, innocent drawings can be so cleverly twisted into such horrifying creations.

  35. I love the use of color that really transforms the originals. I can not even draw as well as the children so I find the whole process impressive.

  36. I think these are amazing, and I can’t stop looking at them. It bothers me that people are so caught up on how “scary” the pictures are. To me, the disturbing nature of the images comes from our judgments. Children don’t censor their imaginations like adults do, and some really wild stuff comes out. That is what innocence means to me.

    They made me look twice…and three times…and more. I’m overcome with a sort of nostalgia….they are actually triggering a visual memory of what it was like to imagine things as a child. The manner in which these pictures are rendered is strangely familiar.

    Sure, they are dark – but not entirely. And I think people underestimate children. We don’t like to imagine that they are anything other than light and joy, and that we become corrupt as we get older…but it is really our judgments of ourselves that make us corrupt. I think these pictures are valuable to help us remember what it was like to be a kid, and to help us understand them as whole human beings again.

    Anyway, enough of this rambling. I just wanna say – AAAMMMAAAZZZINGGGG!!!! Thank you for this! This has inspired me to try it out myself on a couple of my own old childhood drawings.

  37. Great. very inspirational collection. All those draws done by kids? Its really great they work well. Nice thoughts and sketches. It will very useful for kids and who people want to start drawing. Thanks a lot.

  38. My daughter 5 year old daughter says the baseball looks like a fish with metal teeth, the one with a black dress looks like a ballerina creature, Big Moth looks like he has to keep his mouth open all the time, and Weird Cat looks kind of like a cat.

  39. wow! These drawings are amazing! πŸ˜€ I’m an artist myself.. but when I looked at these, it really impressed me. [that one with the steel tooth colored purple is a little bit creepy]

  40. i love your art work you inspired me to become a artist once i saw your work thats when i knew iwanted to be a artist keep up the amazing work <3<3<3<3<3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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