a busy mockingbird


If you want to build a better home, first you must demolish the old one.


Mica Angela Hendricks aka Busy Mockingbird (USA) 

Mica Angela Hendricks is an illustrator and graphic artist working primarily in ballpoint pen and acrylics. She keeps herself very constantly busy with either real or potential projects. Also a happy mom, she started collaborating with her 4-year-old daughter Myla last year on a series of wonderful drawings: “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 disppointed. Instead, just go with it, just accept it, because usually something even more wonderful will come out of it.” Some of their collaborative prints are available for sale here.

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Got a Girl Crush On: Mica’s illustrated collaborations with her 4-year-old daughter

These are AMAZING! 

Soon, she began flipping through my sketchbook, looking for more heads.  “Do you have any heads for me today?”  she would ask me each morning.  So I began making a point at night to draw some faces for her (which was my pleasure–faces are my favorite part, anyway).  She would then pick up a pen with great focus, and begin to draw.  Later, I would add color and highlights, texture and painting, to make a complete piece.  Sometimes she filled in the solid areas with colored markers, but I would always finish with acrylics later on my own.

Click through for the whole story over on Mica’s blog and pick up a print of their beautiful collabs while you’re at it!