Artist Mica Angela Hendricks was drawing in her sketchbook, when her four-year-old daughter insisted on helping out. At first, Hendricks was resistant — but the daughter used her own "mommy words" on her. "If you can’t share, we might have to take it away." So she let her four-year-old finish some drawings, with surreal, lovely results.

As Hendricks writes on her blog:

Not surprisingly, I LOVED what she drew. I had drawn a woman’s face, and she had turned her into a dinosaur-woman. It was beautiful, it was carefree, and for as much as I don’t like to share, I LOVED what she had created. Flipping through my sketchbook, I found another doodle of a face I had not yet finished. She drew a body on it, too, and I was enthralled. It was such a beautiful combination of my style and hers. And she LOVED being a part of it. She never hesitated in her intent. She wasn’t tentative. She was insistent and confident that she would of course improve any illustration I might have done. …And the thing is, she DID....

Sometimes I would give her suggestions, like “maybe she could have a dragon body!” but usually she would ignore theses suggestions if it didn’t fit in with what she already had in mind. But since I am a grownup and a little bit (okay a lot) of a perfectionist, I sometimes would have a specific idea in mind as I doodled my heads. Maybe she could make this into a bug!

The resulting series of semi-realistic heads with cartoonish, surreal bodies is kind of astonishing. Hendricks is selling prints of her collaborations with her daughter, and here are some of our favorites. [via Laughing Squid]