What if you could collaborate with your younger self? Artist Telmo Pieper takes inspiration from his own childhood drawings to produce present-day masterpieces. The artist unearthed a collection of doodles he made as a child, and brilliantly elaborated and embellished them to make his surrealist series called Kiddie Arts. Pieper found the drawings he made as a plucky 4 year-old, and reimagined them digitally, using realistic color, light and texture to create nearly photorealistic works.
Creative kiddies are always scribbling their imaginative doodles in crayon and pencil, leaving us with masterpieces to tack onto the refrigerator. Parents love keeping the adorable drawings as a memento of the innocent days when their children were young.
Paying tribute to his own innocence, Pieper is revisiting his own history. The Dutch artist began keeping a sketchbook at the ripe age of four, doodling and rendering everything from bugs to cars to buildings he saw growing up in Rotterdam. Trained as a fine artist, Pieper decided to go back to his roots, digging up the pads of paper that started his interest in art.
The kid drawings all show characters and figures in simple lines, which Pieper used as a starting point. His skinny whale with oblong tale was given realistic grey skin, and an underwater home. An antennaed snail oozes out of a teeny tiny yellow shell, while a plump fly hovers mid-flight. Pieper’s childlike perspective is shown off in an image of a speeding car, skewed in proportion with a giant door and huge hood.
The surrealist drawings are an interesting collaboration between the artist’s past and present, creating a new body of work inspired by his own childhood.
via This is Colossal