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

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