Thomas Romain is an animator based in Tokyo, Japan with his two sons. He's worked on anime such as Macross Delta and Space Dandy, and created work for games studios.
Romain told BuzzFeed News that he noticed his sons producing fun, creative drawings just before Christmas. Inspired and wanting to get back into drawing with pencils and watercolor, he decided to turn one of their doodles into an illustration.
The first illustration was hugely successful, and retweeted over 2,000 times. Encouraged by the response, Romain continued the project, turning more and more of his sons' drawings into fully realized pictures.
"As a designer I’m used to work with recurrent shapes and patterns, but children don’t possess this kind of mental library and have to find graphic solutions by themselves," he said.
"Often those solutions are kind of weird, awkward, and they don’t embarrass themselves with logic or balance. Using kids' drawings as original design material to create, I can get results I couldn’t achieved by myself."
Romain and his sons have received a huge amount of positive comments about the project — so much so that the designer hopes to turn the illustrations into a book.
"It will be inspiring for the people who like to draw, and it would be also a great book for parents and children to look at together," he said. "We will need more support to make it happen."
Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.