You’ve probably seen these drawings being shared around the internet the past day or so. They’re the result of a “collaboration” between artist Mica Angela Hendricks and her 4-year-old daughter. When Hendricks would be working on an illustration, her kid, like most wiener kids everywhere, butted her way in and ruined everything, or, if you’re gullible, created something beautiful and unexpected that taught us all a lesson about the creativity of the child-like spirit.
As Hendrick’s wrote on her blog:
And from it all, here are the lessons I learned: to try not to be so rigid. Yes, some things (like my new sketchbook) are sacred, but if you let go of those chains, new and wonderful things can happen. 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.
Yes. Just accept it. Like we’re supposed to accept the premise of this made up story. Artist Mom Lets Daughter Finish Her Drawings, the rapidly viral headlines are saying. Right. Finish. That’s totally what she did here. Or, in other words, Kid Fucks Up Mom’s Cool Drawings, Then Mom Fixes Them Because She’s a Professional Drawing-Person. You think it would go viral if I let a kid come in and smash the keyboard in the middle of one of my blog posts, then I edited and rearranged the nonsense back into sentence form?