Saturday, 19 July 2014

Another Illustration Time Capsule

Fighting a Monster, 1980 (aged 6), crayon on butchers paper

Fighting a Monster, 2013 (aged 39), oil on canvas

I much prefer the original, the energy and drama of childhood drawing is very hard to replicate. Just look at that sorry soldier fallen twisted to the ground, and the steely resolve of the fellow manning the laser canon! It's hard to beat any drawing by a six year old for sheer directness of spirit. The more recent painting was produced for a local exhibition last year, in which artists were invited to revisit some aspect of their childhood self. It's an idea many have experimented with, most notably Dave DeVries' excellent Monster Engine (using other kids' drawings) and more recently the Dutch artist Telmo Pieper. Aside from amusing results, it's an excellent way to reconnect with a very distant (and yet very near) state of mind, enjoying the archaeology of childhood, where many thoughts and feelings end up fossilized on these layered paper strata.


  1. both impressive......old b-movie feeling..... i like it EW

  2. This is such a cool idea, revisiting works from childhood. I'm going have to see what I can find of old childhood art.

  3. This is beyond amazing! How did I not think of using children's art templates? I am so fascinated by a child's imagination - their perceptions of life and reflections of the past. And you are right about the energy and drama of children's works. They, surprisingly, have much more depth. I think it's got to do with the curiousity one forms when looking or analysing a child's artwork. I know my mind just went reeling over the possible thoughts that went into the child's mind and the process of selection and elimination that went into this. I am going to try and do an experiment. This has really inspired me!


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