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August 31, 2013

Professional Illustrator Collaborates
with 4-Year-Old

Disclaimer: This has been all over the internet this weekend. I originally discovered it from a tweet by Anthony (@nedroid) yesterday, but have since seen it posted everywhere from The Verge to This Is Colossal. It's simply too good to pass up and definitely one of my favorite things I've seen this year.

Professional illustrator Mica Angela Hendricks (aka busymockingbird) is really good at what she does, one of them being drawing retro, vintage heads. Recently, she's upped her game by collaborating with a special someone -- her 4 year old daughter.

It started innocently enough with her daughter sneaking in some lines and scribbles to create bodies for the faces.

"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."

Later, Mica would use her talents to go back and add color, paint and details to bring the improvised collaboration to life. The results are jaw-dropping. I still can't get over how well their two talents mesh together. Read her original post that details the entire process and if you'd like, she's even put up a bunch of the final prints for sale at Society6.


nadya Posted Aug 31, 2013
it's coooooooooooooooooooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jango Jim
Jango Jim Posted Sep 2, 2013
adorable project with great results !

Dane Bell
Dane Bell Posted Sep 3, 2013
just had to order a print. thanks for sharing!

Kaitlyn Hatch
Kaitlyn Hatch Posted Sep 3, 2013
Fabulous and fun!

Terry Horn
Terry Horn Posted Sep 4, 2013
These are so awesome.

tabatha jarmulowicz
tabatha jarmulowicz Posted Sep 7, 2013
what a wonderful collaborative spirit & such a great display of unadulterated play!

Merle Weismer
Merle Weismer Posted Sep 10, 2013
As Picasso once said," oh, to draw like a child!" The honesty , scale, attention to detail shows the child's natural ability and her sense of complete freedom. The combination technique is genius .rnI doodle with vegetables in 3-d. I use my materials in an honest way to let the essence emerge , and most of all, the humor has to shine through. If you get a chance!

Sam Meyer
Sam Meyer Posted Sep 10, 2013
People heads on animals and animal heads on people is a hilarious idea. Doesn't get old. Simple + elaborate gives it a particularly strong aesthetic.

Aurelia Liele
Aurelia Liele Posted Sep 18, 2013
Nice idea.

Lorrie Whittington
Lorrie Whittington Posted Oct 13, 2013
This is brilliant, one of the most interesting things I have seen in ages.


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