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Artist Creates Amazing Drawings with 4-Year-Old Daughter

Mica Hendricks is an artist and illustrator who blogs at busymockingbird.com. She recently shared a few drawings she created with her daughter in a blog post titled, “Collaborating with a 4-year-old.” In the post, Hendricks shares the lessons that she’s learned while making art with a 4-year-old, including this poignant message: “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.”

Hendricks started making drawings with her daughter one day when she pulled out a brand new sketchbook, and her daughter “swooped over … with an intense look” and cried, “OOOH! Is that a NEW sketchbook? Can I draw in that too, mama?” Hendricks was hesitant to share her beloved grown-up art supplies, but then her daughter slyly poked, “If you can’t share, we might have to take it away if you can’t share.”

What mother can resist her own child’s precocious charm? So Hendricks acquiesced, and she loved the results of their first collaboration, which is the first drawing below. Hendricks has graciously allowed me to share some of her previously unpublished collaborations with her daughter here, as well. They’re so terrific. Enjoy:

  • Dinosaur Girl 1 of 15
    collaborations with a 4-year-old

    By Mica Hendricks and her 4-year-old daughter.

  • Unisquid and Rhinofish 2 of 15
    Unisquid-and-rhinofish

    By Mica Hendricks and her 4-year-old daughter.

  • Mermaid 3 of 15
    collaborating with a 4-year-old mica hendricks

    By Mica Hendricks and her 4-year-old daughter.

  • Mouse 4 of 15
    mouse

    By Mica Hendricks and her 4-year-old daughter.

  • Slugs Need Hugs 5 of 15
    mica61

    By Mica Hendricks and her 4-year-old daughter.

  • Grumpy Dino Man 6 of 15
    grumpy-dino-man1

    By Mica Hendricks and her 4-year-old daughter.

  • Sad Chrysalis 7 of 15
    mica2

    By Mica Hendricks and her 4-year-old daughter.

  • Sorry 8 of 15
    sorry

    By Mica Hendricks and her 4-year-old daughter.

  • Outer Face 9 of 15
    mica4

    By Mica Hendricks and her 4-year-old daughter.

  • Alone 10 of 15
    alone

    By Mica Hendricks and her 4-year-old daughter.

  • Bubble 11 of 15
    bubble1

    By Mica Hendricks and her 4-year-old daughter.

  • Falling Leaves 12 of 15
    falling-leaves

    By Mica Hendricks and her 4-year-old daughter.

  • Raise Your Hand 13 of 15
    raise-your-hand

    By Mica Hendricks and her 4-year-old daughter.

  • Lovely Creature 14 of 15
    lovely-creature

    By Mica Hendricks and her 4-year-old daughter.

  • The Making of Mr. Beever 15 of 15
    mica5

    By Mica Hendricks and her 4-year-old daughter.

    To learn more about how Hendricks and her daughter create their drawings, visit her website. To buy prints of some of this duo's work, click here.

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