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In his ongoing project, Imaginawesome, designer Garrett Miller takes children’s drawings and descriptions and turns them into wonderful illustrations.

Some favorites include:

"A sperm whale is migrating to the artic ocean. The penguins are jumping into the water to catch fish. The polar bear is getting ready to pounce on the seal to eat it."

"A man in a camper with an alligator and stuff like that."

"The Green Skeleton Army (good guys) are fighting the bad guys…they’re red…the good guys are fighting in the air. The tank shot the green guy with the big bullet."

"Only eats pizza."

"Playing outside in my back yard under the sun with the ants and my sunflower."
posted by quin (23 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

posted by quin at 7:25 AM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

Mr. Astandi Bear is Bearworld Champion may be my favorite. But the kid in the arctic drawing did a better job with a Sperm Whale than Miller did. That is clearly an orca!
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:30 AM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

the kid in the arctic drawing did a better job

When people do cover songs, I prefer they don't arbitrarily change the melodies. In the Man With A Camper drawing Quentin has the snow caps slanted with a more realistic wind-blown configuration than Miller shows.

In Green Skeleton Army, the middle soldier's pose is much better in Codie's rendition. His shield is half down, and his posture says he's ready and able to fight, and looking out for enemies. In Miller's painting that guy is actively flailing about, when only his comrades are nearby.

Miller could have done a better job of reading what's actually there, before "improving" it.
posted by StickyCarpet at 7:45 AM on April 11, 2012 [5 favorites]

this is awesome.

(altho i almost like the camper picture kid's version better. i want it for my fridge.)
posted by sio42 at 7:46 AM on April 11, 2012

See also
posted by Jpfed at 7:58 AM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

The original is much better here, too. I like that there's more wind and that she's not wearing a super short skirt.
posted by jeather at 7:59 AM on April 11, 2012 [2 favorites]

I went to college with Garrett. He's a lovely man, and a wonderful artist. Glad to see he's doing something cool.
posted by Jon_Evil at 8:03 AM on April 11, 2012

A guy commissioned Picasso to paint a portrait of his wife.
Startled by the image on the final canvas, the husband complained, "It isn't how she really looks."
When asked how she really looked, the man produced a photograph from his wallet.
Picasso observed, "Small, isn't she?"
posted by growabrain at 8:03 AM on April 11, 2012 [7 favorites]

I'm no critic. I enjoyed the whimsy of the whole thing. Thanks for brightening up my otherwise dull, drab existence.
posted by Doohickie at 8:03 AM on April 11, 2012 [2 favorites]

And I Like her ants better! You can tell she LIKES the ants.
With most of the drawings I liked the kids work better, it was about even with the guy in a camper picture.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 8:04 AM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

That's an incredibly cool project. Thanks for posting it.
posted by cribcage at 8:07 AM on April 11, 2012

It's interesting how adults, when they interpret kids' things, take out the menace.
posted by the young rope-rider at 8:14 AM on April 11, 2012 [3 favorites]

Que the Dog is perfect. Great link, thanks!
posted by Popular Ethics at 8:15 AM on April 11, 2012

Sorry, hit post too soon. I wanted to also say that I think he does a fairly good job of leaving the menace in.

Although in one he took out not one, but two (!) rainbows, which I must object to on principle.
posted by the young rope-rider at 8:16 AM on April 11, 2012

For a somewhat more literal/grotesque interpretation of kid art, check out The Monster Engine, as seen previously on mefi.
posted by The demon that lives in the air at 8:30 AM on April 11, 2012 [2 favorites]

Neato! He probably owes an unacknowledged intellectual debt to Axe Cop, which is also awesome.
posted by gurple at 9:08 AM on April 11, 2012

Love these, even if I like the kids' pics better. So fun.
thread_makimaki did a related post too. Ocherdraco's post.

Related: DrawerGeeks. The Monster Engine video about transforming kids' drawings of monsters realistically.
posted by nickyskye at 10:26 AM on April 11, 2012

I'd like to see him do a version of my 3rd grade self's "Back to school destruction force" tank!
posted by symbioid at 10:53 AM on April 11, 2012

See also.
posted by cashman at 12:01 PM on April 11, 2012

This is awesome.
posted by ichomp at 2:54 PM on April 11, 2012

Super duper fun, thanks for posting this!

I particularly liked the horses' expressions in 'pour papa', and the castle a-flame (both the kid and the grownup version).
posted by pymsical at 3:08 PM on April 11, 2012

In this one, his interpretation included misinterpreting the dolphin as a shark, making the awesome grey light-up fish into a dolphin, and leaving out the real, but admittedly very well camouflaged, shark completely. Sloppy.
posted by beegull at 3:15 PM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

See also: theatrical version. (Full disclosure: I'm in this company.)
posted by halftone at 4:14 PM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

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