By Jack Williams
This talented father has found his way into his sons’ good books, transforming their everyday doodles into incredible works of art.
Thomas Romain’s masterpieces look as if they hopped straight from anime – stemming from the fact that he works as a professional illustrator in Japan.
His transformations, which have received widespread attention on Twitter, include creatures with swords and jester shoes; steampunk-like outfits; and muscular cyclopses.
Thomas, 39, started working on the project with his sons – Ryunosuke, 10, and Itsuki, 8 – during the family’s latest winter vacation.
Since then, the family have worked on one new creation each weekend, hoping to eventually turn their characters into a book.
Thomas, who has lived Tokyo for the past 13 years, predominantly works with watercolor for his creations, and living in the Suginami ward, the core of the anime industry, there is no shortage of inspiration.
So for, Thomas and his sons have worked on 15 artworks altogether, and the most fun part, he said, is comparing the before and after works.
Originally, the family had not planned to turn their works into a series, but so strong was the response on social media that they decided to create more.
Thomas, who is originally from France, said: “I’m hoping that this project will inspire people to spend some quality time with their children, encouraging them to create.
“Beyond that, I would like to show with this project that ideas and technique are really two separate things.
“While technique comes with practice, ideas are essential.
“Artists should always cherish the young child who is still living in their heart.”
Ryunoskuke and Itsuki can take between a few minutes and half an hour on their drawings, Thomas said, but the illustrator’s work can take many hours.
Thomas has to go through an initial sketch, rough drawing process, inking process, and between two to three hours painting with watercolours.
Essentially, Thomas said, he is putting his techniques at his sons’ disposal, and so far the pair are extremely happy with the results.
He said: “They really like the final result, and they are so proud of it – because it’s their ideas after all.
“My oldest son especially, enjoys drawing even more than before and is showing more and more interest into the process of designing characters.
“We are really thankful to all the people who are sending us so much love.
“This is going so much further than the usual Japanese anime fan circle. ”
“This project the potential to reach everybody, as the power of a child’s imagination is limitless.”