A bomber flies overhead with monstrous, floating heads and unloads on a fire-breathing dinosaur that, allied with a robot and a tank, is at war with a robotic hippopotamus.
These are the illustrative musings of a fifth-grader at Ashland Elementary School.
Liam Boyd, 11, drew for 15 minutes with the intention of being "cartoony" and funny. "I kind of did this as a joke drawing. It wasn't really like 'Oh I'm gonna draw the best picture ever,'" Liam said.
His inspiration: randomness. He did not expect his drawing to become the inspiration of local artist Caper West.
Liam and West's collaborative art is displayed at REIMAGINE, which is put on by the Creative Alliance for Arts Education. REIMAGINE, in its second year, is a gallery of pieces inspired by students at 12 local private and public schools.
Art teachers from the 12 schools gave stacks of students' drawings to the Creative Alliance for Arts Education. The alliance then gave each of the 45 local artists a pile, and each artist picked one drawing to re-create.
West chose Liam's drawing because it brought back memories of his own childhood doodles.
"I like the 'monster battle' and the chaotic composition." It felt like Liam just drew whatever was floating through his head and stuck it in the scene wherever it would fit, West said.
When Liam first learned that his art would be featured in REIMAGINE, he worried that people would think he was a bad drawer.
"I thought it was a very interesting drawing, very creative," said Shanon Medley, Ashland Elementary School's art teacher. Liam doodles all the time in class and is an incredible drawer, Medley said. "I'm not surprised that the artist picked his drawing."
West's version of Liam's drawing is colorful, with swirls that make certain aspects — including the fire-breathing dinosaur — pop out.
Seeing it for the first time, Liam described West's colorful edition as awesome. He is excited to meet West and find out why West picked his drawing over others.
Drawings from four Ashland Elementary students were chosen. "I know they were all excited when I told them that their artwork was chosen," Medley said.
"It's just a really great opportunity for our students to have their artwork on display but then also reimagined in a way," Medley said. She is happy that it was brought back for a second year and excited that Ashland was asked to participate in it again.
At the show, the students' original drawings will be shown next to the collaborative pieces. The art will be sold Saturday in a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the public schools' art programs.