This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen! I truly believe that everyone has a gift to share with the world. Some people are great chefs, some people help others in need, and some people shape the future of the world, whether it's through teaching, child raising, technology, or art. This is a perfect example of a person that has used their passion for the greater good.
Most children love to draw. When they are young, it can be difficult to decipher just what those drawings are "supposed" to be. The mastermind behind "The Moster Engine" is Dave Devries. According to his website, Dave says, "It began at the Jersey Shore in 1998, where my niece Jessica often filled my sketchbook with doodles. While I stared at them, I wondered if color, texture and shading could be applied for a 3D effect. As a painter, I made cartoons look three dimensional every day for the likes of Marvel and DC comics, so why couldn’t I apply those same techniques to a kid’s drawing? That was it... no research, no years of toil, just the curiosity of seeing Jessica’s drawings come to life."
Here are a few examples of his work:
In his book, you will find a page with the child's monster, and a page that shows his drawing based on the child's drawing (he uses the same lines that the child originally drew). Then there are 2 pages of interviews with the child about his painting, which include photos of the child.
He is selling some of his artwork on Ebay, and the proceeds benefit local families in need. However, because of all the publicity he is receiving, there are no more pieces left, and his book has a 3 to 4 week delay.
Children have such creative minds. It's refreshing to see someone advocate for them. There's a local company that takes children's creative, short stories, and turns them into 3-4 minute skits. They LOVE the skits just as much as the parents do.
Do you know anyone that does something similar to this? We'd love for you to share!