Thursday, October 6, 2005

Illustrator Squelches Kids’ Fear Of Monsters

WEST ORANGE, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If your kids can’t sleep because they think there’s a monster under the bed, have them draw the imaginary beast that’s bugging them.

That’s the opinion of illustrator Dave Devries, who has worked with kids to turn their monster scribbles into detailed paintings for his new book, The Monster Engine (MWH Press).

Devries says having kids draw their boogie men is essential in helping them deal with their fears, and more often than not, it’s the adults who end up looking at the picture and saying, “This is scary.”

He explains, “Kids have two reactions to monsters. They draw a funny monster like on Sesame Street or they draw a scary one in full detail. They’re diffusing the monsters by making them funny or facing them. Either way, they’re making it theirs.”

Not only that, Devries says kids’ pictures are the best for book illustrations, which is why he’s accepting doodle entries on his website to help him create characters for a follow-up storybook.

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