What is The Monster Engine?

The Monster Engine is a book, a demonstration, lecture and a gallery exhibition. 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 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.

The book is a 48-page collection of drawings, paintings, photos and interviews.  The book's preface explains, in depth, the history, intentions and results of this seven-year project.

Reviews

  • "I can say that The Monster Engine is, without a doubt, the most ingenius idea I've ever seen. A creation that is original, inspired and honest...just like the artist who created it."

    Keith Ciaramello
    Curator,Kustom Kulture Gallery
  • "An intriguing book, The Monster Engine is a creative thought provoking adventure, sometimes shocking and often ticklishly funny."

    Erin Gray, Actress
  • "A captivating and insightful book that synthesizes the limit-less vision of a child and the talents of one of comic's most respected artists."

    Bill Harbort
    Professor, Minot State University

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