Before and After Having Kids

How you think bed time will be

How you think bedtime will be

How bed time actually is

How bed time actually is

 

 

The first in a possible series of ‘How You think Life will be before you have Kids’ vs ‘How Life Actually is With Kids’. 

Consider Micheal Mcintyre….. (You Tube clip – trying to leave the house with kids).

I had this idea a while back and haven’t had enough time to develop the drawings – these are still roughs, but I wanted to get them up here and gauge people’s response. Not just to the drawing (there some aspects I like, some that make me cringe a little and need work) but maybe also to some of the techniques and also, of course, to the idea itself.

 

 

How you think Sunday afternoon will be

How you think Sunday afternoon will be

How Sunday actually is

How Sunday actually is

 

 

Bloke with washing (see how I am not sexist!) is not really one-legged. He has a badly drawn ‘behind’ right leg..  and his top-body doesn’t really match his bottom half, and boy has a terrifying alien face… needs work!!

 

 

How you think walking to school will be

How you think walking to school will be

What walking to school is really like

What walking to school is really like

 

 

My favourite drawing is the ‘What walking to school is really like’ one. I’d like to maintain that technique, however I find it surprisingly hard to be consistent in this way.

I’ve experimented a bit with tone, line – as you can see. But still the thing that I don’t like is the ‘awkwardness’ of the figures. I like the figures to be accurate, which takes a fair bit of drawing – but still also look quick, quirky, a bit ‘clunky’ and 3D – aspects which are contradictory…

I’ve also planned a beach one – but that is only at a really rough stage.

So – any suggestions for subject matter? Ideas, expectations and realities of parenting for you? Preferences of ‘style’ (bad word on my MA)….. Please leave a comment, I am interested to hear what you think. Did they make you laugh? Do you recognise this experience??

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2 thoughts on “Before and After Having Kids

  1. Absolutely a great idea. Lots of material to mine. Mealtime is certainly a place where expectations and reality turned out to be worlds apart. I look forward to following the series.

    • Oh yes! Definitely – do you recall a time when you just could not even finish a cup of coffee? It’s getting easier now that they’ve grown up a bit, but yes – indigestion – a familiar foe.

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