Motherhood is full of ups and downs that you cannot see if you are not a mother. That’s one of the things that artist Paula Kuka shows in her witty and truthful illustrations about the reality of raising children.
The Australian artist’s drawings show that what society sees in public is only the tip of the iceberg. For example, we can see a mother scrolling her phone while pushing a stroller and we are quick to judge her. But we don’t see all the hundreds of little things he did for his children that day. As with professional athletes and expert musicians, we see the end results, not the hundreds of hours of effort, pain, sweat, and tears that occurred offstage.
We bring you some of Paula’s best and insightful illustrations, so be sure to scroll to the bottom and vote for the drawings you liked. And be sure to let us know in the comments which one you found the most enlightening and why.
I never had plans to be an artist. When I finished school, I studied landscaping at university and worked in that profession for about 10 years ”. Paula recounted her journey to become an artist. When I entered motherhood with my first child, I started drawing as a way to stay creative.
He explained that he draws digitally and uses the same technical skills that he used in landscaping. “After having my second baby a few years later, I started to draw cartoons as a way to document our daily life (because it was useless to write in those baby books).
I posted them on Instagram and they quickly caught the attention of other parents who loved seeing such a similar take on parenting. I like to talk about some of the challenges of motherhood – the guilt, the frustration, the boredom, as well as the hilarious and moving aspects. Talking openly about these things is important to me, as I know it can help other parents feel less isolated in what they are going through.