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Mom's Instagram artwork shows the love between fathers and daughters

Russian Instagram artist and mother Soosh draws the everyday moments of love between fathers and daughters, and thousands of new fans say they can relate.
/ Source: TODAY Contributor

“It’s hard being a single father raising a daughter,” Reddit user ClosingDownSummer wrote last week when sharing a watercolor from the Instagram account of a Russian artist who goes by the name of Soosh.

Soosh, who is a mother of a 9-year-old son, Frol, lives in southern Ukraine near the city of Odessa. A freelance vector illustrator who works mainly with stock sites, she has, until recently, created watercolors only for herself. But then she was inspired to draw a picture of a father helping his daughter with her ballet hair.

“Some time ago I drew a series of a big forest spirit (which people call a bear), and I did enjoy greatly the feeling it gave me, the feeling of support and reliability which I lacked in my real life,” Soosh told Today Parents. “I did not have any specific plan to do father-daughter drawings. I keep imagining these scenes and drawing them until inspiration leaves me.”

The reaction to the resulting series of watercolors featuring a giant father and his tiny daughter together has touched thousands of new fans. The pictures have been shared and liked all over the Internet on Instagram, Reddit, and other websites.

“People’s reactions amaze me,” said Soosh. “It gives me idea that we all are so loving and emotional, especially towards our children. I am very touched and overwhelmed.”

Soosh says her inspiration comes from her own son, who is also her favorite critic. “My relationship with my son is actually my art — I mean it influences every single piece of what I do,” she said. “He is also the first one to see any sketch or finished illustrations I do and to give his feedback.”

The artist said some comments she has received from the public have expressed concern over the size of the father in her series. “I was reading a lot that some people were wondering and even worrying for father [because he is] on the fat side,” she said. Though she acknowledges that everyone brings their own feelings to art, for her, the father is "big" for a good reason.

“He usually occupies two thirds of the space in the drawing because this is how big and reliable and protective and kind he seems to his little girl,” she said.