I drew a “haunted house” for kicks and a padawan wanted to color it. So I finished the picture and handed it over. The result was a technicolor explosion that doesn’t really contribute to the idea of a “haunted” house but certainly makes an impression.
I realized then that there was a lesson in collaboration and how you can’t control how it’s going to go after you leave a project. You can put in your effort, and you can be happy with what you accomplished, but once it’s out of your hands you just have to accept the final product.
I’ve seen a lot of people struggle with that over time. Heck, I’ve struggled with it professionally as well as personally. It’s hard not to feel like you’ve invested a part of yourself in something and you want to make sure it’s the best it can be.
But it’s OK if someone else gums up the works when you’re done. It’s even OK if they take it in a different direction and it’s not what you wanted. That’s what it means sometimes to be a team. You have to let go and hope for the best.
All that said, I do love what the padawan did with it. It’s certainly more memorable than yet another drab haunted house. I know if I were living in a neighborhood with a house that looked like this, it would frighten me and I’d be curious-yet-terrified to know who lived there.