Dad Photoshops Kids’ Drawings as if They Were Real

Tom Curtis’s photoshopped animals bring children’s drawings to life

The top left corner shows a child’s drawing of a duck floating in water. The main pic is a realistic version of the drawing.
The top left corner shows a child’s drawing of a duck floating in water. The main pic is a realistic version of the drawing.
Photos: Things I Have Drawn

Father-of-two Tom Curtis has developed a unique way to collaborate artistically with his young kids based on the premise that the world might be a good deal more interesting if it actually looked the way children choose to depict it. Through his Instagram, Things I Have Drawn, Curtis shares brilliantly photoshopped versions of his kids’ drawings, as well as submissions by the young children of his fans.

Kids tend to have a natural affinity for animals, so it’s no surprise that a great many of Curtis’s fantastical creations are upgrades of existing animals, with smiling faces and a joyful demeanor that is totally at peace with their lopsided faces, contorted legs and necks, and occasionally quite troubling proportions. And what shines through in each creation, no matter how utterly strange it may look, is the sense of delight and play that comes from a collaborative artistic endeavor.

For more of Tom Curtis’s marvelous collaborations, you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

A child’s drawing of a horse with a huge nose and its legs all in a row, next to a realistic version of the drawing.
A child’s drawing of a horse with a huge nose and its legs all in a row, next to a realistic version of the drawing.

A horse who’s not particularly precious about the arrangement of his limbs, by Beatrice, age 6.

A child’s drawing of a duck with long legs, creepy smile, & a serious thigh gap next to a Photoshopped version of the drawing
A child’s drawing of a duck with long legs, creepy smile, & a serious thigh gap next to a Photoshopped version of the drawing

An incredibly rare ducky longlegs.

The top left corner shows a child’s drawing of a duck floating in water. The main pic is a realistic version of the drawing.
The top left corner shows a child’s drawing of a duck floating in water. The main pic is a realistic version of the drawing.

A swanduckgoose by Amy.

A child’s drawing + Photoshop of a dolphin with rounded fins and a smiling face on one side of its head.
A child’s drawing + Photoshop of a dolphin with rounded fins and a smiling face on one side of its head.

A dolphin with two mouths, so she can smile and eat at the same time.

A child’s drawing of a boxy lynx with its legs all in a row, next to a realistic Photoshopped version of the drawing.
A child’s drawing of a boxy lynx with its legs all in a row, next to a realistic Photoshopped version of the drawing.

A lopsided lynx by Florence, age 6.

To keep up with Tom Curtis’s fantastical creatures, follow his work on Twitter and Instagram.

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