Professional Norwegian artist Ståle Gerhardsen works with a variety of different art media. So when he went on paternity leave following the birth of his son, it only made sense for him to record his experiences using art.
He tells Diply, "I had put all other art projects on hold, just to focus on my son. But during the four months I was on paternity leave, I had to vent once in a while. So I did what felt natural to me — draw."
He began publishing his illustrations to his personal Instagram page under the hashtag #matpakketegninger — which Ståle translates to "lunch drawings" — to show a day in the life of Dad. The comics are relatable AF, which is obviously why they went viral!
If you're in need of a good laugh therapy session, keep reading to check out his work!
As his comics exploded on Instagram, Ståle kept making more until he had a large collection.
The book, called Pappaperm ("Paternity Leave"), showcases his favorite parenting comics. It's written in Norwegian, but Ståle would love to translate it to English. You can buy the book, here.
He says all of the inspiration for the drawings come from his son, daughter, and wife. Everyday life and all of its weird situations provide him with more than enough material, and we're loving it!
All I know is these comics are giving me life even with the language barrier! It just goes to show you that the parenting struggle is a universal phenomenon.
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