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“I drew what I lacked”: illustrator depicts the relationship she wishes she had with her father

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Last week, Ukrainian artist Snezhana Soosh's poignant illustrations of a father-daughter relationship went viral. Now the illustrator has spoken about how her artwork is influenced by her relationship with her own dad. 

“I always wanted to have a tender and loving relationship with my own father, but he didn’t know how to show his love so most of the time was distant and cold,” Soosh told The Huffington Post. “I was observing other fathers with their daughters and so loved each tender moment they had together. I think I drew what I lacked and very much wanted - to feel loved and protected by my big papa.”

Soosh's watercolour paintings, which she posts on her Instagram feed, depict a bearded, bearlike man taking care of his tiny daughter: carrying her on his shoulders, playing games, and sitting with her as she falls asleep.

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Monsters under the bed don't stand a chance. Picture: Snezhana Soosh

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Because real men do their daughters' hair. Picture: Snezhana Soosh

Soosh said that she hopes fathers will be inspired by her illustrations. “I hope fathers will see how important they are in their kids’ lives and feel appreciated and inspired to show their love and affection,” she told The Huffington Post. “I also want to say that real strength shows itself through love and tenderness.”

See Soosh's illustrations below, and follow her Instagram here.

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The only way to travel. Picture: Snezhana Soosh

Shadow puppet time. Picture: Snezhana Soosh
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Everybody needs a stomach for a pillow. Picture: Snezhana Soosh

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