The Accountant Series

On Monday afternoon Harper, aged 2.75, worked out how to draw. Years of scribble suddenly pulled into focus and before she knew it – there was a person! Then a spider. Then a penguin. Daisy almost fell over when she saw it – suddenly Harper could do something too! She was impressed. For now. I’m sure it won’t last.

All week I’ve had wee drawings presented to me. These funny little people. Full of expression. And character. I adore them.

I think they look like little accountants.

This is Barry.

Hard working all this life. Yet to meet the right lady, but on the look out. He likes Steak with Mushroom sauce and light beer.

And this pensive chap, Graeme. Yes, spelt that way.

A slight fellow. Enjoys Sao’s with cheese AND butter with his cup of tea for morning tea.

I can’t wait for my next round. I think I’ll frame the lot. That, or write a story about them.

  • GourmetGirlfriend

    OMG i love this.

  • Laura

    I love them, such character!

  • Rinny

    That…has…made…my…day!!! Lol, you are so right, they do look like accountants.

  • No knife skills – hayley

    Love it! I think you captured the men completely.

  • feebeecakes

    I love pensive Graeme…I would frame him…I don’t mind saos with cheese and butter with my morning tea either, maybe I am his perfect match?

    • BabyMac

      I could put in a good word for you if you like?

    • Carolyn

      Though I fear pensive Graeme may be on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

  • Amy Rea

    Great work, Harper!

  • Amy

    These are awesome! Go Harps! My nearly 4 year old has only just this week finally drawn a person that actually looks (kind of) like a person! No Picassos here but I was very impressed. Love it when they suddenly do something new. Clever cookies.x

  • Mrs Woog

    They are too cute! Can you asks her to draw Doris, the accountants secretary? She has a high bun and a twin set, but on the weekends she is a pole dancer.

    • Kimmie

      Oh Mrs W you are a right royal crack up! hehehehe

  • Leanne @ Uber Simplicity

    Frame them plus a story!

  • Liz

    Wow that’s incredible! My 3 year old isn’t even close to drawing like that.

  • Anonymous

    She is brilliant for her age. No really she is. Barry is adorable, slightly receding hair line with side burns. And Graeme, well, he is just too cute. I say write a story about them!

  • Megan

    That’s amazing for a little person who is 2.75 years old. Seriously.

    My son didn’t really start drawing with any point and purpose until he turned 5. Now he draws everything ALL the time. It’s been a long time coming and, like you, I love every drawing (plus how quiet and focused he is while he is doing it).

    Imagine how good Harper will be by 5!

    Lovely post.

  • Luluisthatyou

    Adorbs! How clever is that little lady?! They are so precious. My 3.75yr old has only just started drawing and his older brother has had Daisy-like reactions also. It’s so funny when the older one thinks they’re the bees knees and then the younger one comes along and blows them out of the water.
    Sadly, I get lots of “I’m missing Daddy” drawings (he’s away a lot) and little persons with big persons. No accountants here. Just Daddies.
    Yes, can we please have Doris?
    PS I hope Harper is feeling better soon. That IG pic was heartbreaking. (And always they get sick while you’re solo parenting, right?) L xx

  • Mother Down Under

    Oh…watch out Daddy R…I like the sound of that Barry!

    Baby C loves to “draw” too.
    At sixteen months, chalk is his favourite medium.
    He leaves his mark all over the neighborhood…he crouches, does three little wobbly lines, walks a bit further, crouches and draws three more lines.
    I have no idea what he is trying to communicate.

    I can’t wait to see what friends join Barry and Graeme…and what stories about them you come up with!

  • kylie

    Check out the app artkive

  • kylie

    Check out the app – artkive

    • BabyMac

      Just did – great suggestion thanks!

    • kylie

      Sorry for my double post and lack of words – it kept stuffing up on my phone!! The drawings ate awesome – my son is far off figures, and he’s a yr older than Harper!

  • Anonymous

    I like, I like, I like., and mrs woog, your funny! Before you know it, you’ll have a whole town of little accountants! Jodie

  • Nic Wes

    Isn’t it amazing how they suddenly just get it? My son one day just drew our family – it’s my favourite piece of artwork ever.

  • edenland


    Oh my lord she is CLEARLY gifted. Rocco is four and has nowhere near the penmanship Harper has.

    Love them.


  • vancybec

    my boss’ name is graham, he is not pensive. he is a sarcastic londoner with a fetish for chocolate and coffee, and no tolerance for shit in either category.

  • Faux Fuchsia

    These drawings are just adorable! I love stuff like this.

    Those fellows look a bit like the lavishly renumerated scientists at the World Famous Faux Fuchsia Institute for Scientific Research.

    Did you hear about Charlotte Dawson being hospitalised after being bullied on twitter?

  • Bree

    You could put them in a book with each of their little stories

  • Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    Those are amazing drawings for an almost 3 year old!

  • Anonymous

    BabyMac, these are fabulous! And quite advanced for a nearly three year old. Google child stages of drawing’ and you will see! Love love love the expressions.

  • Lyn-Maree

    Hello Beth!

    I just want to wish you a happy day that I hope spills over into your weekend.

    Thanks for being a great inspiration!


    • BabyMac

      Thank you Lyn-Maree! That’s a lovely message x

  • Restyled Vintage

    You crack me up lady! What I think is so cute is how all kids draw people in the same way when they start..that fascinates me. My kids were older than 2 when they started to draw people, but they still looked like Barry and Graeme up there :)

    xx Karen

  • Anonymous

    These are fab! my youngest is the same age and there is NO WAY he could draw a picture that slightly resembled what he was trying to draw. My 5 year old is only JUST able to do that.


  • Corinne – Daze of My Life

    They’re amazing!! What a clever girl she is!

  • Dan_Sally

    They are amazing. Like really amazing. I think my daughter was still just scribbling at that age. At 8 she certainly is not showing the most amazingly artistic skills either! Bless her… she is 1/2 accountant though and has other talents.

  • frommetomum

    Are you serious!!??? Far out, they’re good. Really good. I couldn’t draw people that look like that.

  • Anonymous

    They are great! Like, amazing! I would frame them, too! I wish I could draw faces that expressive…


  • Lipgloss Mumma

    Wow. That really is amazing for her age Beth, do you know that! My Miss now 6 started drawing people with bodies and facial features at about 3.5 and we were amazed. Apparently they really aren’t able to do that much detail until at least 4 / 4-5. What a little wizard you have on your hands!

  • Sally @ Us+House=Home

    Wow, way to go, Harper! These are seriously awesome – love their expressions.

  • Rowantree Design

    I laughed my head off, thank you. Great drawings, my husband is an accountant (sometime,when he is not off sailing around the world) I’ll have to check with a pic of him to see if there are any similarities.

  • Alli @ ducks on the dam

    Keep them. Frame them. Once she’s started her drawing will change and develop and not go back. These are so special

  • Heidi Fitz

    seriously excellent drawings for 2.75 yo Harper! frame! frame! (i think graeme looks a little worried tho…hard day punching the numbers?)Hx

  • Annie M

    You are hilarious! And Harper is a star artist! These are too cute and with the beautiful descriptions just made my day so much brighter after a shitty start. Thanks Beth x
    Annie M

  • Sarah Humphreys

    NO!! NO!! These are INCREDIBLE! I literally cannot believe my eyes. These are amazing. That is one talented daughter you have there!

  • Hope’s Mama

    Not sure what I like best, the drawings or your descriptions of the. Adorable. Even got a laugh out of the husband, and he normally groans when I say “hey come look at this blog post!”

  • Anonymous

    What a crack up. You are so right! I have known men just like these two. I am also double laughing because my hubby, who works in accounts, likes to order a steak with mushroom sauce when he goes out because I am vegetarian and won’t cook him one!

  • Cherie @ raising master Max


    You’re hilarious.

    And this reminded me of that ad, ‘Clive. Aged 5′.

    I’ll have a Harper, aged 2.75 years thanks! ;)

    Gorgeous child x

  • Jodie aka Mummaducka’sKaos

    Terribly brilliant for her age, especially to have the first fella looking away, and down to the side. So my hubby the artist says. And I say frame them.

  • Iliska Dreams

    Amazing! I can almost hear the story of Barry and Graeme popping out of the paper! You have to write a story!

  • Alex

    I love this post. Frame them! Go Harper!

  • posie blogs Jennie McClelland

    Tee hee, bless her, they are so cute. I like Barry, he looks like he’s holding his breath, love Posie

  • Mandy Ferry

    write a book, print it out, best bed time stories ever right there. Imagine when she’s reading them to her children.

  • Lisa@RandomActsOfZen

    I love how their little personalities come through. Fabulous job Harper!
    It’s so beautiful when they’re just so proud of their work xx

  • Jessica Flett

    Harper is so very clever. Please frame the lovely accountants. She should be as proud as punch and it’s so gorgeous her big sister is impressed. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great weekend and Dad has an awesome homemade card with a portrait by Harper on the way. Jx

  • Tahnee

    they are so fabulous, they really do have so much character! well done harper :)

  • Anna @ green tea n toast

    I love these so much! Please write a book about them. My son just started drawing proper things too – it’s pretty fascinating to watch and I love the running commentary that goes with them. x