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11 NOVEMBER, 2008

Child Art for Grown-Ups


What Superman, Tim Burton and 1,000 South Korean Children have in common.

There’s a reason why creative types often envy the imagination of a child, with its boundless freedom and its anything-is-possible vision. Some artists take that envy and turn it into creative fuel, using the whimsical world of children’s imagination as inspiration. Here are our top picks for child-centric art.


Oh, those days when a piece of a paper and a pen or…imagine that…a crayon was all we needed to create fascinating stories and magical characters that could rival some of Hollywood’s most blockbustery output.

In The Monster Engine, NJ-based artist Dave DeVries takes those whimsical doodles and drawlings, and recreates them “realistically” with a grown-up artist’s eye.

The Monster Engine: Superman by Michael

The best part is that he only adds graphical sophistication and 3D realism to the images, without altering the child-artist’s creative vision.

This being said, some of the renditions interpret elements of the child’s drawings in peculiar ways, adding a new creative layer to the artwork. Like the fish flying out of this witch’s hand, a far stretch from the original doodle, which makes the image all the more interesting.

The Monster Engine: Witch & Fish

The Monster Engine is also available as a 48-page coffeetable book, covering the backstory of the 7-year project and featuring interviews with the children who inspired Dave’s artwork.

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Korean artist Yeondoo Jung explores a different translation of children’s art. In his photoseries Wonderland, which you may recall from our Re:Perception issue, he takes those simple shapes and colors, and transforms them into high-impact, surrealist fashion photography.


The project is based on a the drawings of 5-to-7-year-old South Korean children, reconceived with live models, dramatic costumes and flamboyant colors.

Wonderland: Fox's Magic Trick

Besides the stunning art direction, we’re somehow drawn to that eerie grownup-child wold the images create, a place where wonder and magic are only limited by how we choose to perceive our subjective reality.


The creative link between the world of children and high fashion emerges once again in the December issue of Vogue UK’s with the Tales of the Unexpected editorial: a tribute to Roald Dahl’s, one of the most celebrated children’s book authors of the 20th century.

Vogue UK: Tales of the Unexpected

Starring the infamous Tim Burton and a slew of celebrity actors and musicians, the editorial recreates scenes and characters from some of Dahl’s most famous stories.

Vogue UK: Tales of the Unexpected

Shot by legendary fashion photographer Tim Walker, the spread brilliantly captures the very escapism that only high fashion can offer — an aspirational costume that outfits us for our grand dramatic performance in a staged world more beautiful and imaginative than our mundane reality.

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28 OCTOBER, 2008

Starving Artist No More


Why da Vinci is rolling in his grave and thinking about peperoni pizza.

Oh, the wonders of Russian art. The great novelists. The great playwrights. The great poets. And, now, the great sausage artists.

That’s right, Russian art is branching out into the edible category with packaged meat art. See some of the great masterpieces reenvisioned with an eye for, well, the stomach.

So much for the starving artist stereotype.

And while nothing about packaged farm animal carcasses screams high culture to us, it does appear to be a thing of the bourgeois — let’s not forget that when the Titanic sank, there were 3,000 tons of ham onboard. (We’ve always wanted to throw something in from our new favorite timesuck, Unnecessary Knowledge.)

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21 OCTOBER, 2008

Creative Clockwork


What Flavor Flav, wildlife preservation and Dali have in common.

We love clocks. And we love creative communication that technically falls within the advertising industry, but is actually oh-so-much-more. Today, we look at five supremely creative executions involving clocks.


Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Brussels
Creative Director: Jan Teulingkx

University of Gent: Dare to Think

Brilliantly captures the very point of a liberal arts education: Studying the traditional and universal, then challenging it.


Agency: Jung von Matt, Hamburg
Creative Director:
Deneke von Weltzien

Dali Clock

To bring the great artist to life, Hamburg agency Jung von Matt replaced a number of public clocks with the iconic melted Dali clock for the duration of the exhibition.


Agency: Asatsu Thailand, Bangkok
Art Director: Romerun Chueawongprom

The recognizable WWF logo, reconceived with a new sense of urgency. So simple, but it gets the point across so powerfully


Agency: Y&R, Dubai
Creative Directors: Shahir Ahmed, Guilherme Rangel

LG Time Machine TV

Creative visual translation of the basic product proposition: 24-hour live recording that makes TV run on your own time.


Agency: DDB, Berlin
Creative Directors: Bert Peulecke, Amir Kassaei, Stefan Schulte

Knocking down knock-off culture one hum-drum old couple at a time. Winner at the New York Television & Radio Advertising Festival.