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An Artistic Collaboration With a 4-Year Old

Saturday 08.31.2013 , Posted by
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Sometimes we complain about the way our collaborators work with us on a project – “Why won’t you just grow up!!” – but what if that helper was just a 4 year old child? When Mica Angela Hendricks, a professional illustrator, bought a new sketchbook, her young daughter ditched her own art supplies and wanted to contribute to her mothers work. The result is a charming combination of grown up perfection and youthful imagination.

Mica Hendricks is an admitted perfectionist, so sharing her high quality art supplies was a challenge… not to mention letting a young mind modify her drawings. That’s how their teamwork has played out though. Hendricks does a drawing of a head (often inspired by vintage movie stills) and then her daughter adds pen and marker drawings of her own.

”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! I’d think happily to myself as I sketched, imagining the possibilities of what it could look like. So later, when she’d doodle some crazy shape that seemed to go in some surrealistic direction, or put a large circle around the creature and filled the WHOLE THING in with marker, part of my brain would think, What is she DOING?!? She’s just scribbling it all up! But I should know that in most instances, kids’ imaginations way outweigh a grownup’s, and it always ALWAYS looked better that what I had imagined. ALWAYS.”

The drawing below is a good example of what she’s talking about. According to her daughter that circle around the body is a chrysalis for the caterpillar to transform into a butterfly. Of course! And that is the magic of a young mind free from expectations or the limitations we put on ourselves with age. To read more about this beautiful collaboration, head to Mica Angela Hendricks’ blog, The Busy Mockingbird.

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Benjamin Starr

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Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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  1. heheh im sure he restrains her a lot but thats the deal right.

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