Angie Stevens aka Doodlemom is creating the most wonderful, touching and adorable way of keeping memories of and for her children. While other parents may document their children’s lives via photographs or video, Ms. Steven takes the time to do a daily doodle that documents the good times, the bad times and the even the totally mundane. Her images capture her child’s tantrums, their triumphs and tasks like doing the laundry. Ms. Stevens began doing doodles of her son Gruff soon after he was born. Two years later, she has drawn more than 700 pictures of him and his two sisters, Millie (age nine) and Evie (age four). She spends about twenty minutes each day doing a doodle and then posts it on her website Doodlemom.
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“It is a lovely record for the children to look back on and far better than photos as the pictures capture my emotions too,” Ms. Stevens told the Wales Online. “It has become a bit of an obsession and I now do a picture every day after the children have gone to bed. Most of the sketches are humorous, but sometimes it’s a way for me to deal with things happening in our lives,” Ms. Stevens said. “Such as when Millie was bullied at school or Gruff moved into his own room. In the morning the children come down and can’t wait to see the latest picture,” she continued.
Ms. Stevens, who has a degree in illustration became her visual journey after she suffered from postpartum depression and was having a hard time being creative. “My husband kept buying me sketch books and suddenly it hit me that I could draw the children and start a diary,” she said. “It gave me an aim each day and now I sit down every evening and draw something to illustrate our day,” she added. “It could be a trip to the dentist, the dog eating my handbag or even just enjoying the sunny weather.”
One of the most charming things about it is how simple and quaint they are, and that is by design. “I try to keep the picture quite simple and if it needs lots of words to explain it I feel I’ve failed.” Ms. Stevens said.
“When you look at them you remember the little moments you have forgotten about in a way which is much stronger than photos.” And looking at these images, you can see what she means. They really do capture parenting in a honest and beautiful way.
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