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This dad takes his son's artwork to the next level — and their videos have gone viral

Watch artist James Raiz transform his son's imagined superhero into a bell bottom and high heel-wearing comic book character.

Watch James Raiz transform his son's imagined superhero into a comic book character

(James Raiz)

Toronto-based artist James Raiz started his YouTube channel, TheBoxOfficeArtist, in 2013, and now has almost half a million subscribers who tune in for his tutorials, drawing challenges, time-lapses and much more. Raiz, a visual effects artist and graphic novel illustrator, ​has a passion for film and superheroes (check out his Avengers: Infinity War mural) — but one of his greatest sources of inspiration is his young son's imagination and artwork.

Raiz started posting time-lapse videos where he re-draws his young son's superheroes in his classic comic book style, and they've been a huge hit on his channel (this one has 1.7 million views).

Watch the video:

Watch artist James Raiz turn his 9-year-old son's drawing into a comic book superhero. 2:17

The process is simple: his 9-year-old son imagines a character, then Raiz re-interprets that character in his own style — creating a hero worthy of a Marvel comic cover.

In this time-lapse video, watch Raiz re-create the mallet-wielding, high-heeled character of his son's dreams.

(CBC Arts)
(CBC Arts)

This video was featured in our "Family" episode of CBC Arts: Exhibitionists. Stream the show or catch it on CBC Television Friday nights at 11:30pm (12am NT) and Sundays at 3:30pm (4pm NT). Watch more videos here.

About the Author

Mercedes Grundy has been producing videos for CBC Arts and Exhibitionists since 2015. She is a unabashed Leonardo DiCaprio enthusiast with an educational background in photography, and produces film and theatre when not busy here at the CBC. And while her love for the arts does not discriminate, she openly acknowledges she is a horrible dancer.