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Creaturing : Begins

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Aug 27, 2011 | 5:51 PM EDT
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Children are often inspired by everything around them. In the same family as the Monster Engine, the Creaturing Project is about taking the art of children (grades 1-6) and reimagining it through the eyes of seasoned Newground's artists.

To learn more about the project, you can visit the temp site :
For the official site (unfinished) :



Rated 5 / 5 stars

great idea and great artwork

I cant find anything wrong with this except is really doesnt belong in the flash video section.

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RicePirate responds:

Well, this is a teaser. Done as a video, to introduce people to the artist collab. The final product on Newgrounds will be an interactive flash.

Outside of newgrounds, there's been some light discussion of self-publishing a book, or finding an interested foundation to sponsor it.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Just, tell whoever drew that caterpillar like thing that the children don't see it as some horrible monster. I mean that one's just kinda creepy.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Awesome. Purely awesome.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


I just checked out the Monster Engine, and I must say your work is fantastically better than Dave DeVries'. Here's why.

DeVries starts with the kid's drawing and literally uses it as the outline for his. He takes the shape the kid creates and fills it in with nice realistic shading and applies backgrounds and such. It's little more than a parlor trick. He's going through the motions like he does in his job as an industrial artist, using little more creativity than some street artist drawing cartoony portraits of people.

But the kids don't know anything about perspective or proportion, so why would you count their drawings as an accurate idea of how these things they're imagining are shaped? I remember being a kid and not knowing the first thing about drawing something to really resemble an object from my imagination. You Newgrounds artists have used your own creativity and imagination to figure out what the kids might really have wanted to draw. DeVries looked at a kid's drawing. You looked at a kid's vision.

DeVries may have failed because, despite all his talk, he's forgotten how to really see through a child's eyes. You Newgrounds artists haven't forgotten at all.

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RicePirate responds:

I really appreciate the kind words. I did love the idea behind the Monster Engine.

But for a number of the reasons you listed, I thought this would be a fun sister-project. Rather than copying the line art and filling in the gaps, to have artists go the distance of fully embracing their characters and giving them their own life... I thought would be really exciting. And you're right, these artists really did it. I'm so grateful to these artists.

I just really hope it's seen less as "Hey kid, watch me make a better version." and more of a "Your imagination inspired me to create this version."

One of my favorite parts of this whole project (it's still very much in it's infancy), is seeing the variety of styles each artist brings to the table. Variety of style is something that (while I really respect Dave's talent) I would have liked to have seen in the Monster Engine.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


That was actually very touching and I liked it a lot