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French Artist’s Comical Illustrations Offer an Honest Look at Motherhood

Motherhood Illustrations by Nathalie Jomard

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Illustrators often draw inspiration from their own lives. From overheard conversations to intimate moments, many real-life encounters unexpectedly double as artistic muses. This approach is intrinsic to the work of Nathalie Jomard, an artist who comically chronicles the ups, downs, and day-to-day realities of motherhood.

In each colorful drawing, Jomard offers an honest glimpse into life as a young mom. Though most of her illustrations capture the difficult demands of a new baby and the chaos of having school-aged kids, Jomard also includes the not-so-glamorous part of expecting. “Hemorrhoids and Strech Marks,” a book cover reads, “the Keys to a Dignified Pregnancy.”

In addition to changing bodies, busy schedules, and sleep deprivation, Jomard also explores the bright side of being a mom. As an expectant woman lovingly gazes at a tiny pair of pajamas and a doting mother covers her baby in kisses, Jomard reminds viewers of the other “honest” side of motherhood.

If you’d like to see more of Jomard’s hilariously relatable illustrations, you can find a selection of her books on Amazon.

In a clever series of motherhood illustrations, Nathalie Jomard comically explores the ups and downs of being a mom. She shares the challenges of pregnancy…

Motherhood Illustrations by Nathalie Jomard

“Hemorrhoids and Strech Marks, the Keys to a Dignified Pregnancy.”

Motherhood Illustrations by Nathalie Jomard

“Sweetheart . . . did I put on pants?”

A new baby…

Motherhood Illustrations by Nathalie Jomard

“I looove breastfeeding! It’s an exquisite closeness with my baby!”

Motherhood Illustrations by Nathalie Jomard

“Changing a Diaper: 100 Practical Exercises”

Motherhood Illustrations by Nathalie Jomard

“Baby Instructions”

Motherhood Illustrations by Nathalie Jomard

And everyday life with kids.

Motherhood Illustrations by Nathalie Jomard

“#momsucks”

Motherhood Illustrations by Nathalie Jomard

“How Does Authority Work?”

Motherhood Illustrations by Nathalie Jomard

“For Mother’s Day, I want to go to the bathroom alone.”

Motherhood Illustrations by Nathalie Jomard

“No, he is not dead. It’s . . . uh . . . an indefinite siesta.”

Of course, she also shows that it’s all worth it.

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Nathalie Jomard.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.

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