British artist Philippa Rice knows that a relationship’s tiny, private moments are usually the most special ones.
Is there anything more companionable than brushing your teeth together in contented silence?
Rice started illustrating her favorite of these extraordinarily normal occurrences for her boyfriend, Luke Pearson, in 2011.
“They’re all from our life together,” Pearson told BuzzFeed Life. “We’re both illustrators/cartoonists and work from home. I like to keep diaries of drawings to remember what I’ve done each day and what I’d do is choose the best bits and illustrate them with the red and black inks.”
She posted the drawings on Tumblr and turned some into comics, calling them “Soppy,” a word she says is “somewhere between schmaltzy, sentimental, sappy, and silly.”
“I was told that it’s not a word people use in the U.S. and that surprised me!” she toldthe Huffington Post.
The comics were such a hit that she turned them into a Soppy book, which came out last year.
Her illustrations capture the most relatable interactions — like choosing what to eat for dinner.
Or sympathizing when your significant other waits too long to drink a hot cup of tea.
To Rice, love is about wanting to be around each other, even if you’re doing absolutely nothing.
It’s sitting with your partner when they play video games because they might be a little bit scared.
“He still says he wasn’t really scared, but I know that he was,” Rice said of this moment, her favorite from the series.