The Monster Engine

Monster Engine
Big Blok as first drawn by Brendon Miller, aged 7 (left), and then interpretted by Dave Devries (right).

If you read James Frost’s blog then you’ll have come across this already. If not then you’re in for a treat. I discovered it again, sorting out my Firefox bookmarks.

Artist Dave Devries has a Monster Engine: children. It’s one of those “Why didn’t I think of that … and why can’t I paint as well as him?” ideas. First get children to use their imaginations and draw whateverthehelltheylikesolongasitsamonster, and then get a professional artist to make it look as real as possible. The results are quite special.

His first book The Monster Engine is now available, and is the first in a series that may include The Circus Engine, The Dinosaur Engine and The Hero Engine.

Take a look at some of the art, and then read the interview with Big Blok’s creator, seven year old Brendon Miller. Aren’t children’s imaginations amazing!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 48 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot. Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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