The Monster Engine is a book, a demonstration, lecture and a gallery exhibition created by Dave Devries. The premise for all three came from one single question: What would a child’s drawing look like if it were painted realistically?
It began at the Jersey Shore in 1998, where Dave’s niece Jessica often filled his sketchbook with doodles. While Dave stared at the images, he wondered if color, texture and shading could be applied for a 3D effect. As a painter, Devries made cartoons look three dimensional every day for the likes of Marvel and DC comics, so why couldn’t those techniques be applied to a kid’s drawing?