My name is Mike Howie, and the inspiration for these drawings comes from my recent introduction to being a father. I am an illustrator/animator by trade and over recent years, with pen or pencil never too far from grasp, have found myself doodling or thumb-nailing visual notes as a way of capturing the precious moments spent with my wonderful 3yr old daughter Cleo. Also with the recent arrival of a baby boy, Dallas, I imagine I’m going to have my work cut out for me. These drawings were intended to be shown as fresh as possible without too much fuss, so you will find some more refined than others. Hopefully along the way these sketches compiled together will form a visual diary, of Cleo and Dallas’s early years, that they can enjoy later in life. In the meantime I hope readers may get some enjoyment from them.