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Artist Dad Delightfully Colorizes His Kids’ Whimsical Drawings

Tattoo artist and environmentalist Fred Giovannitti is the father to three kids who enjoy drawing. And, like a lot of kids, they give their artwork to their dad. But instead of hanging their pencil sketches on the fridge, Giovannitti adds to their masterpieces while he travels for work. He uses colored pencils to enhance his children's whimsical drawings and transform them into 3D-looking characters.

Giovannitti sees his additions as a way of collaborating with his daughter and two sons no matter where he is. Better yet, his kids are blown away when they observe his handiwork – it must be fun to wait and see what dad will do! Giovannitti has brought characters like an elf, mummy, and even a beauty queen to life with his talents, but he always lets his children's imaginations shine through.

By popular demand, Giovannitti recently created an Etsy shop for these types of artworks. He calls it Coolaborations, and he'll color your kid's drawings in the same style as you see here.

Sofia

Frederico

Sofia

Jaxton

Frederico

Sofia

Frederico

Jaxton

Sofia

Frederico

Sofia

Sofia

The Artists: Sofia (8), Jaxton (5), and Federico (9)

Fred Giovannitti website and Facebook page
via [Distractify and Reddit]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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