Romford mother captures the realities of parenthood in creative cartoons

PUBLISHED: 14:42 07 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:42 07 July 2016

Samantha Miles with her funny drawings about living in Romford with daughter Iona

Samantha Miles with her funny drawings about living in Romford with daughter Iona


A new mother, who draws cartoons depicting the reality of parenting, including racing another mother with her pram to Starbucks, says her doodles help her catch the “nice moments” of every day.

Samantha Miles with her funny drawings about living in RomfordSamantha Miles with her funny drawings about living in Romford

Samantha Miles, 30, of Romford, has been on maternity leave for almost a year and said drawing helps to keep her creative.

The pictures, which she posts on her blog A New Essex Girl, depict moments Sam said she never imagined experiencing.

“I was in Argos and Iona was making a lot of noise and I caught myself telling her that we would go home if she didn’t quieten down,” she said.

“And I just thought, ‘Oh my god! Did that just come out of my mouth?’

“On maternity leave, you end up spending a lot of time on your own and it’s great to capture the nice moments.

“My daughter doesn’t understand the nuances of what I do, but I find myself vaguely amusing so it works out really.

“Everyone in my house goes to bed quite early, so I have half an hour to myself to doodle, which I find very therapeutic.”

Sam initially started the sketches as a way to keep in touch with her family in Scotland.

She said: “They don’t live around here and I thought it would be a nice way to keep in contact and for them to see Iona. I bought a sketchbook so I could write messages and draw pictures for Iona to hold which we could send to them.

“I was making a card for my little brother and I just started drawing about what was on my mind.

“It can be anything, it was initially a lot of my thoughts about the referendum, but over time I’ve started drawing a moment from every day, it’s become a visual diary.”

Sam said the art project Colour in Romford, which has seen giant murals adorn the walls of South Street, inspired her to be more colourful.

“I think people really appreciate the movement in Romford to add more colour to the streets.

“It’s not something you normally see around here and I think it’s really nice.”

To see more of Sam’s drawings, click here.

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