I’d like to think as a mom that I have certain superpowers. Like, I once made two children, and following that, I produced milk, so that’s kind of super, no? I can also perform up to nine tasks at a time. Sure, most of them involve pouring Goldfish into a snack cup while simultaneously picking up Play-Doh before it’s forever embedded into the fiber of our wooden floors, all of which I actually do astonishingly not so well, but still.
I’ve always wished I had real superpowers. The kind that will amaze my kids and render me the mom that all other kids wish were theirs.
There’s a dad on Reddit who goes by Tatsputin (whom we first read about on Design Taxi) that has the kind of superpowers of which I speak. Tatsputin (real name: Fred Giovannitti) travels a lot for work. Like most superheroes, he has two jobs: By day he invents industrial equipment designed to save and protect the world’s marine ecosystems. To help pay for that, he travels 10 days each month to Las Vegas, where he owns a small tattoo studio.
His kids, who are 8 and 6, miss him when he’s gone, so to stay connected, they draw pictures for him to color in while he’s on the plane, which he then returns to them when he comes back home.
He thinks it’s no big deal. Maybe to him it’s not. But take a look at the pictures and you’ll see what a big deal it actually is — because the pictures are marvelously magnificent.
“It’s just something we do together,” Giovannitti modestly told Babble.
The kids love doing it because “it’s a collaboration. We love to work together.”
He said that he started out with just colored pencils and then graduated to illustrating them on his iPad. All the results are spectacularly superpower-y. Check out these images — a dad colors in his kids’ drawings and a super family of illustrators is born.
Family Art at its Finest 1 of 16
All images via Fred Giovannitti
Goodbye! 2 of 16
Fred Giovannitti writes that the illustrating collaboration started a few years ago when his daughter Sofia, who is now 6, was 4 years old.
"After a few months, I remembered about coloring the previous drawing and asked my daughter to draw me another one for my trip. Also colored with prismas and this time on a piece of paper from a small watercolor pad. Apparently it's ok to go on a plane with dozens of sharpened pencils."
The Excited Elf 3 of 16
"My son [Freddie, 8] drew this one up. This elf now seems way too happy about something."
Hew Hew Hew 4 of 16
"Yup. That's Santa right there. In all of his over caffeinated glory. I wonder if that's how my daughter saw it when she drew it."
The Crazy Pumpkin 5 of 16
"Sometimes I just start coloring and I forget to take a before pic. This is a good example of that. Maybe you can see the black lines of the original drawing. This one is from my son, then 7."
Mom’s B-Day Chicken #1 6 of 16
"Uh Oh! Looks like mom wants the kids to draw some chickens for her birthday to decorate her kitchen. This one is an araucana from my son. These I did while at home."
Mom’s B-Day Chicken #2 7 of 16
"And here is a barred rock and chick from my daughter. It was her idea for it to be a barred rock."
Owls 8 of 16
"The first time I forgot my colored pencils on my flight, I decided to try my hand at coloring the drawings from my kids on the ol' iPad. Needless to say, everyone loved it at home and I figured I'll try getting better at this medium."
Cats in Love 9 of 16
"These are getting more recent. This one is from my daughter. She loves cats."
Alien Scar 10 of 16
"My son decided to color in the alien's head scar himself then asked if I could make it look better. I tried."
Happy Bat 11 of 16
"Sometimes the kids forget to give me drawings and I have to dig into my camera roll to see if there's anything in there that might have slipped through the cracks. This is one of those."
Elephant Boy 12 of 16
"My daughter, at this point 5, drew this for me saying it was an elephant boy that tells her things in her dreams. I thought this would be the neatest way to color it at the time."
Happy Girl 13 of 16
"I got in trouble for this one. Apparently she wasn't supposed to have a red shirt. I had to claim artistic license with my contribution and that was that."
Frankenstein? 14 of 16
"On my next trip my 6 yr old son wanted to get in on the act. This time they both drew me up something."
The First One 15 of 16
This is the first collaborative drawing Tatsputin did with his daughter. It was after this one that he decided to start taking before-and-after-pictures.
Hey Look! 16 of 16
"It's me pausing to take a impromptu staged picture of me coloring on the plane with one hand. (The other hand is holding the phone/camera btw, in case there were any questions raised.)"
All images used with permission from Fred Giovannitti
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