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Heartwarming comics show how one dad feels about raising his little girl.

This artwork shows how beautiful fatherhood truly is.

Heartwarming comics show how one dad feels about raising his little girl.

Ever since Yannick Vicente was a kid, he enjoyed doodling and creating art. But where he started is much different from where he is now.

Vicente lives in France and works as an artist, and he's a pretty good one. "I love art and have drawn for as long as I can remember," Vicente told Upworthy. "I basically taught myself."

A lot of what he learned ended up on the walls of buildings as graffiti. He probably would've continued down that path until one moment changed his life in 2011: He became a father to a beautiful little girl.


Vicente enjoying some love from his young daughter. Photo from Thomas O'Brien Photography, used with permission.

"I wanted to create art that my daughter would be proud of," Vicente said. "And that's why I changed my focus."

As a single dad, Vicente became passionate about fathers raising their kids, so he used his skills as an illustrator to show the dad-child bond.

And he's come a long way in five years.

First, he illustrated a children's book.

When Vicente got an opportunity to showcase his work on a larger scale — an offer to illustrate a book for kids — he jumped all over it.

"It was such an honor to work with an established author like Fabienne Blanchut," Vicente said. "I knew it was the start of something special."

Illustration by Yannick Vicente in "Mon Papa à Moi," used with permission.


Illustration by Yannick Vicente in "Mon Papa à Moi," used with permission.

As he got more comfortable with his new style, he created more great father-child illustrations for people to enjoy.

Vicente created this particular piece for a dad who happens to be a big fan of his art.

"It means so much to me when people ask me to illustrate something for them," he said. "It shows that they value my work."

To their kids, dads have amazing superpowers. All illustrations are originals from Yannick Vicente and used with permission.

Finally, he took his skills to another level by illustrating the relationship that means the most to him: the one he has with his 4-year-old daughter.

"My daughter means the world to me and I put my whole heart into any illustration that she happens to be in," Vicente said. "I had to evolve my work to match my passion."

Just by looking at some of his work, you know he's telling the truth.

Sometimes it's the all-too-familiar struggle with styling his daughter's hair.

Other times, it's getting blindsided by the tough questions.

More often than not, it's recognizing the immense power his daughter has over him, even if she doesn't know it yet.

But it's always about letting his daughter know that she is his whole world.

Although Vicente just recently started creating illustrations of him with his daughter, many people love his work.

"I've received some wonderful messages from dads who are in a difficult situation after a divorce or separation, and they tell me how much I inspire them," he said. "But it's really wonderful that moms find my pictures inspiring as well. I want to touch as many lives as possible."

And what does his daughter think of her daddy's artwork?

"She's young, but she likes the work I do," he said. "For her birthday, I offered drawings to the invited children, and that made her so proud."

I think a lot of people are proud of your work, my man. Thank you for using your art to show how beautiful fatherhood really is.

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Shopping sustainably is increasingly important given the severity of the climate crisis, but sometimes it's hard to know where to turn. Thankfully, Amazon is making it a little easier to browse thousands of products that have one or more of 19 sustainability certifications that help preserve the natural world.

The online retailer recently announced Climate Pledge Friendly, a program to make it easier for customers to discover and shop for more sustainable products. To determine the sustainability of a product, the program partnered with third-party certifications, including governmental agencies, nonprofits, and independent labs.

With a selection of items spanning grocery, household, fashion, beauty, and personal electronics, you'll be able to shop more sustainably not just for the holiday season, but throughout the year for your essentials, as well.

You can browse all of the Climate Pledge Friendly products here, labeled with an icon and which certification(s) they meet. To get you on your way to shopping more sustainably, we've rounded up eight of our favorite Climate Pledge Friendly-products that will make great gifts all year long.

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Jack Wolfskin Women's North York Coat

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Amazon All-new Echo Dot (4th Gen)

For the tech-obsessed. This Alexa smart speaker, which comes in a sleek, compact design, lets you voice control your entertainment and your smart home as well as connect with others.

Reducing CO2: Products with this certification reduce their carbon footprint year after year. Certified by the Carbon Trust.


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Burt's Bees Family Jammies Matching Holiday Organic Cotton Pajamas

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Naturistick 5-Pack Lip Balm Gift Set

With 100% natural ingredients that are gentle on ultra-sensitive lips, this gift is a great gift for the whole family.

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Arus Women's GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Hooded Full Length Turkish Bathrobe

For those who love to lounge around, this full-length organic cotton bathrobe is the way to go. Available in five different colors, it has comfortable cuffed sleeves, a hood, pockets, and adjustable belt.

Global Organic Textile Standard: This certifies each step of the organic textile supply chain against strict ecological and social standards. Each product with this certification contains 95%-100% organic content.

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L'Occitane Extra-Gentle Vegetable Based Soap

This luxe soap, made with moisturizing shea butter and scented with verbena, is perfect for the self-care obsessed.

Compact by Design (Certified by Amazon): Products with this certification are packaged without excess air and water, which reduces the carbon footprint of shipping and packaging.

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Goodthreads Men's Sweater-Knit Fleece Long-Sleeve Bomber

For the fashionable men in your life, this fashion-forward knit bomber is an excellent choice. The sweater material keeps it cozy and warm, while the bomber jacket-cut, zip front, and rib-trim neck make it look elevated.

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All-new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

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The 1776 Report isn't just bad, it's historically bad, in every way possible.

When journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones published her Pulitzer Prize-winning 1619 Project for The New York Times, some backlash was inevitable. Instead of telling the story of America's creation through the eyes of the colonial architects of our system of government, Hannah-Jones retold it through the eyes of the enslaved Africans who were forced to help build the nation without reaping the benefits of democracy. Though a couple of historical inaccuracies have had to be clarified and corrected, the 1619 Project is groundbreaking, in that it helps give voice to a history that has long been overlooked and underrepresented in our education system.

The 1776 Report, in turn, is a blaring call to return to the whitewashed curriculums that silence that voice.

In September of last year, President Trump blasted the 1619 Project, which he called "toxic propaganda" and "ideological poison" that "will destroy our country." He subsequently created a commission to tell the story of America's founding the way he wanted it told—in the form of a "patriotic education" with all of the dog whistles that that phrase entails.

Mission accomplished, sort of.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.