Artist collaborates with her four-year-old daughter, and magic results

Illustration for article titled Artist collaborates with her four-year-old daughter, and magic results

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!

Advertisement

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]

Illustration for article titled Artist collaborates with her four-year-old daughter, and magic results
Illustration for article titled Artist collaborates with her four-year-old daughter, and magic results
Illustration for article titled Artist collaborates with her four-year-old daughter, and magic results
Illustration for article titled Artist collaborates with her four-year-old daughter, and magic results
Illustration for article titled Artist collaborates with her four-year-old daughter, and magic results
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Artist collaborates with her four-year-old daughter, and magic results
Illustration for article titled Artist collaborates with her four-year-old daughter, and magic results
Advertisement

DISCUSSION

falsoman
Falsoman el Garabatero

This is fantastic!

I would love to actually do this in class with actual adult students. Making them start an illustration and then giving it to the next in line for them to finish it. I think it would be more difficult to accomplish, just teaching design students to share credit and let go control of their work, even if it is with other professionals.