About a month ago I collaborated with Chop Tops Westport, the place I’ve been getting my haircut for the past year (shout out Morgan Lapin) and Ocean & Sea apparel. Dope hair. Dope clothes. Dope models. Everyone joining forces in their specialties to create something we couldn’t have otherwise done on our own.
Mica Angela Hendricks is a wonderful illustrator who does fantastic portraits using mostly ballpoint pens and acrylic paints. One day she ordered a new sketchbook with dark paper exclusively for her own personal use. Mica was finishing up a head of one of her drawings in this book and was about to start the body when her four-year-old daughter Myla asked if she could draw in the new sketchbook Mica naturally told her that she could not because she was working on finishing the illustration.
Her daughter asked if she could finish it and Mica refused much like anyone would. Then Myla spouted out of her mouth “If you can’t share, we might have to take it away.” Something that her mother Mica had once told her and something that Myla has held up to her wisdom.
So Mica soaked up all of her pride and took her own motherly advice. She let go of her work of art, handed it to her child, and let go of everything she had in mind, completely handing over control of her illustration. When Myla finished the body she handed it back to her mother, and what was handed back, was complete gold.
She had drawn a dinosaur’s body onto a sketch of a human. Mica was actually thrilled what had happened and asked her to finish more bodies on sketches she had previously started. After they were finished drawing, Mica would go back and color in the images and proceeded to collaborate with her daughter.