When an artist allowed her 4-year-old daughter to finish her drawings, something awesome happened
When artist Mica Angela Hendricks got a new sketchbook, she thought it would just be hers, for her own drawings. Her daughter Myla had other plans. When the 4-year-old asked her if she could draw in the book too, Mica told her that she was not allowed.
That’s when Myla came back at her with the most classic parenting line ever: “If you can’t share, we might have to take it away.”
The discussion stopped there and Mica was forced to follow her own rules, handing over the sketchbook. She had been drawing a woman, finishing up the head at that point. That’s when her daughter jumped in and drew her body. The results were unexpected and awesome.
Hendricks was given a new perspective on her art, and on the process of creation. No longer was the portrait her own idea of perfection, but a dynamic collaboration between adult and child, technical precision and pure imagination.
She kept drawing portraits, and her daughter kept finishing the bodies. Mica then went in and colored in the creation, pulling the whole image together. The results are stunning.
Mica says she’s learned a lot from her collaboration with Myla. She states:
Those things you hold so dear cannot change and grow and expand unless you loosen your grip on them a little. In sharing my artwork and allowing our daughter to be an equal in our collaborations, I helped solidify her confidence, which is way more precious than any doodle I could have done. In her mind, her contributions were as valid as mine (and in truth, they really were). Most importantly, I learned that if you have a preconceived notion of how something should be, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE DISAPPOINTED. Instead, just go with it, just ACCEPT it, because usually something even more wonderful will come out of it.
And wonderful, they are.
The duo has expanded their repertoire to include the animal kingdom, as Mica draws the animal head and Myla finishes the creature with her own creative flair. Their project has incorporated the entire alphabet.
For more of their work, check out Mica’s site, busymockingbird.com.