Mom Creates 30 Hilariously Honest Comics About What It’s Like Raising A Child Interview With Artist
Raising children is far from a simple task—it might as well be the hardest job in the world. It has its challenges, but lots of love and laughter along the way. An architect and artist from Moldova, Inna Sacali, puts both sides of motherhood into comics in a brutally honest and entertaining way. She illustrates her everyday life with her husband and their little son and it's never boring—from pregnancy and relationship struggles, exhaustion, a kid's cute and sometimes frustrating shenanigans, and mental health battles to precious family moments, a toddler's first words, and hilarious situations that make it all worth it.
If you have experienced the gift of being a parent, you will definitely relate to these quirky illustrations, and if not—here's a glimpse of what it's really like to be a mom. No sugar-coating. Are these comics hitting too close to home? Tell us in the comments and don't forget to upvote your favorites! Sacali also took a moment out of her busy mom routine to share her own experiences in the interview below, so don't miss it!
Sacali told Bored Panda that she has loved to draw since she can remember. She put her job as an architect on hold and started drawing comics about what it means to be a parent on her maternity leave.
"My baby inspires me every day for new comics. All the ideas I take from real life. They’re honest because they actually reflect my emotions and feelings, or describe some funny situations that happened to me," said the artist.
"Being a mom isn't an easy job, but it's definitely worth it. I am willing to show it in my art."
Sacali has built a following of 18k people on Instagram and regularly shares snippets of her daily life with a dose of humor. It's not only a great means to take our minds off our everyday routine, but a perfect support and encouragement tool for parents who are going through similar struggles and joyful moments.
"I think it is very important to share the real and honest side of motherhood so moms can understand that they are not alone in this. Even on rough days—you are still a good mother."
Sacali is strongly motivated by the warm feedback she gets from parents around the world who can relate to her comics.
"I am very happy to get feedback from other parents that like my art and recognize themselves in it. This keeps me motivated. Your reactions to my comics make me draw more even when I feel tired or upset. A sense of humor helps me to survive."
She calls her Instagram feed a "good mood zone" and to make her comics even more accessible, Sacali posts her artwork in two languages—Russian and English.
Sacali's comics are colorful and vivid, yet simplistic. Because she is short of time to put more details into illustrations, she chose a style that takes up less time but conveys the ideas perfectly. As you can see in the comics, raising a child can get very busy. Even this interview was interrupted by a crying child who called his mother to play, which the artist called a "mom's reality."
"I hope my art will make you smile and show maternity from a different angle," said Sacali before returning to her main job at the moment, which is being a mom. And you can see what it looks like from up close and unfiltered in this post and on the artist's social media!