This wonderful article on Colossal popped up on my Facebook feed this evening, and I just had to share.
Professional illustrator, Mica Angela Hendricks, has done a series of drawings that she created with her four year old. Hendricks would draw a detailed, retro-style head and her daughter would then draw whatever delightful body/background she wanted. Hendricks would then go back in and add color/detail. This sounds like such a fun mother/daughter project, and it's awesome to see some of the work they came up with.
Hendricks describes how these awesome pieces came about:
No longer had I drawn my first face (I love drawing from old black & white movie stills) had she swooped over to me with an intense look. “OOOH! Is that a NEW sketchbook? Can I draw in that too, mama?” I have to admit, the girl knows good art supplies when she sees them. I muttered something about how it was my special book, how she had her own supplies and blah blah blah, but the appeal of new art supplies was too much for her to resist. In a very serious tone, she looked at me and said, “If you can’t share, we might have to take it away if you can’t share.”
Oh no she didn’t! Girlfriend was using my own mommy-words at me! Impressed, I agreed to comply. “I was going to draw a body on this lady’s face,” I said. “Well, I will do it,” she said very focused, and grabbed the pen. I had resigned myself to let that one go. To let her have the page, and then let it go. I would just draw on my own later, I decided. I love my daughter’s artwork, truly I do! But this was MY sketchbook, my inner kid complained.
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.
The results are beautiful and weird and so damn fun. Hendricks has put up sixteen of the finished drawings. on her website to be sold as prints (though she says there are more, and may do some sort of book with them). I think my favorite is one entitled SLUGS NEED HUGS.