We have gotten a LOT of questions about the post about Collaborating With A 4-Year Old. I answer them nearly the same every time, so I thought I’d just put them all in one spot:
Where can I buy prints of the collaborative paintings?
- The collaborative prints are available on Society6 . The animal prints (as well as shirts for children & babies) are available on RedBubble.
Are the originals for sale?
- No, sorry. I’m not quite sure what we’re going to do with them, but we are saving the originals for our daughter. She might want them when she’s older!
Do you take commissions?
- I would love to, but we’ve decided not to put the pressure of custom work on her at age 4. We have so much fun with these, I would hate for it to seem like a job for her.
Do you have a picture of your little girl for my article/blog/interview?
- Sorry, we have been very insistent that we NOT put her face out in internetland, if we can help it. The internet gives people free reign to be nasty, and that is something she didn’t ask for.
Would you be willing to collaborate with us on a book/project?
- Most times, we are kept so busy with my full-time job, busy family life, freelance work, and my own projects I’m always juggling. But I really appreciate people asking, and very much encourage them to find a way to continue to be creative! Still, if you have serious requests, please feel free to contact my illustration agency at MunroCampagna (however, see below).
Would you be willing to do an illustration for our website/blog/magazine?
- Again, we are usually kept pretty busy with life, work, and regular everyday adventures of a 4-year old. My personal illustration agency is at MunroCampagna, and they can contact me with any serious freelance commissions. HOWEVER–I choose not to put the pressure of custom work on our daughter, so we rarely do any commissioned collaborations.
Can I repost this on my blog/website?
- If you’re just reposting the blog, I think that would be okay, as long as your site doesn’t solely promote a specific political or religious viewpoint (I don’t really want to be a poster girl for ANY political or religious group). Please be sure to link back to the original post on THIS BLOG (people get weird & mean-spirited when they don’t know the actual story of the collaborations) and maybe even the print sites at Society6 and RedBubble. And please send me a link when it publishes! Thank you so much!
Have you tried correcting your daughter’s pen grip?
- She’s FOUR and that’s how she holds her pen. I have shown her the “correct” way, she knows how to use it, and she is not interested. I find when I pressure her about things, she resists WAY more than if I let her figure it out on her own. I continue to suggest it from time to time, but for now, she is thriving and learning, and as long as it’s not harming her physically, IT’S FINE. If she enters adulthood, and holding her pen like a dagger works for her, then so be it. IT’LL BE JUST FINE.
What’s the process when you two collaborate?
- Thanks for asking! I describe the whole process in this post.
Have you ever tried it the other way round (where she draws the head)?
- Yes, we have! Unfortunately, my daughter hasn’t learned the lessons about “letting go” quite as well as I have, and gets frustrated at me when I draw on hers. So we make sure to practice it every now & then. 🙂
What supplies do you use?
- I work primarily in ballpoint pen. Plain ol’ BIC roller ballpoint pen (not the inky lovely kind). I used to fill in color with Sharpies, until I got a HUGE set of Prismacolor brush-tips. They are AMAZING for color blending. Then I add highlights on top with acrylic or watercolor, and bring some of the lines back in pen.
Can I send you pictures of some collaborative projects I did with MY kids?
- ABSOLUTELY! I love love love that people take this experience and try it in their own lives. And I’d love to see the results! You can email me at email@example.com. And as vigilant as I am about my own daughter’s image, rest assured that I won’t be sharing any images of your kids without your specific permission.
Can I do a similar project with my young students?
- Certainly! I love to see the idea spread around! As long as you’re not selling anything or doing anything shady, I don’t mind at all! If you’d like to use one of the heads I drew for an in-class project, please feel free to use the one I featured in this contest. If drawing’s not your thing, try using magazine photos of heads or photos glued to paper that they can add to. And I’d love to see the results! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org