I spent last summer and fall creating 175 "Fan Art" Monsters based on designs submitted to me by kids. I work up fully rendered illustrations in colored pencil with the same techniques I use when creating my picture books.


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I provided 4 simple starting shapes and invited kids to build their monsters off these. The project ran during ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and over the course of the event more than 10,000 drawings were submitted by participating kids. I use the language of "Fan Art" to describe what I make, because in no way do I see myself as improving or fixing their original designs. Instead I want to celebrate these amazing imaginations by drawing alongside the kids using my own style and sensibilities -- no different than any other artist who creates fan art to champion their favorite characters and properties.

I shared some of these monsters in a previous Bored Panda post and thought I would now share a few more.

More info: youtu.be | artprize.org

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Daria B 2 weeks ago

Both are so cute. And the original one is ready to become a cartoon character already. Stylewisely speaking.

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Daria B 2 weeks ago

The original one looks kinda like the classic 20th century paintings. It's just that usually they depict naked women, this one depicts a double headed monster. Hmm.... Sounds like an idea! ♥

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Inna K. 2 weeks ago

So cute!!

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Kath Leen 2 weeks ago

hahaha...i like this one

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Savannah 1 week ago

I like this one

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Ellie 15 hours ago

It's an ice cream cat.

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Nthati 1 week ago

I love the golden hoops.

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Ingrid Tsai 2 weeks ago

OH IS THAT A BABY MONSTER AWWWW

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Mandira Basu 2 weeks ago

Hehe... he is cute

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Night Owl 2 weeks ago

Aww

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LovelyLilRainbows 1 week ago

This thing looks a bit tipsy...

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Kath Leen 2 weeks ago

is this a monkey sheep with wings?

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