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.