The cutesy or “kawaii” style of art has always put a smile on my face. I’m just a sucker for inanimate objects with dot eyes and mischievous smiles.
Malaysian artist Suah Wei Hong aka ‘Kuso Design‘ has been creating some amazing work. Though they may look cute on the outside, these images are simple and profound. They tell the life lessons of love, loss and family. Yes, they have cute eyes but they still manage to evoke some strong emotions out of even the hardest heart. I think the artist was smart using solid background colors to really showcase these characters.
Salmon Roe fight? Just siblings playing around.
Mama Salmon cooks all her meals with love.
What about stressed out daddy Tuna?
These cookies make me feel all the feels.
Poor digital camera…another hard lesson taught by the cutest of characters. Sometimes the newer model isn’t the better choice. Its just whatever fits us best.
This image is so simple and yet so compelling. Loss. Its a sonofabitch.
The lesson of patience and birth.
The lesson of our impending demise.
Or sometimes its a just a play on words.
Illustrator and character designer Jerrod Maruyama is creating some pretty amazing work. He’s drawing stuff in the style of kawaii (all things cute and adorable).
like this little TV Dinner
or this breakfast scene
Most pop culture icons are subject to his cute-ification. Breaking Bad, Hellboy, Star Wars and his most popular series, Disney characters. I know most of my art postings have been “food illustrations”, but my inner geek is dying to post my nerdy loves. You have been warned….
I am a HUGE Legend of Zelda fan.
Louie CK (fellow Hungarian BTW)
These Disney characters are cute enough for any adult but would be totally adorable in a nursery.
Chip and Dale
Because I cannot post all of his wonderful work you’ll have to take a look at his website yourself. The little geek inside me gets super giddy when I see his work. He really captures the spirit of Disney characters very well. I feel like all of his illustrations has a sweet kawaii feel that I like so very much but also maintains a minimalist vibe. All of his character design is very consistent. Something an obsessive collector (such as myself) goes crazy for. I mean who could say no to this little smiling spam. Awww….
(i have contacted the artist to use these photos, hes super nice so please buy his stuff!)
Bento boxes are like cartoon foods come to life. All those adorable little characters, pops of color all placed in tiny little boxes. Any boring meal could become a work of art.
As I get older it seems as though I am becoming more and more obsessed with everything “cute”.
Kawaii, means “cute” “adorable” and “loveable”. Seems as though Japanese culture is littered with everything kawaii. I think if I went to Japan my head would explode from all things adorable. I could hardly contain myself when I go into a Sanrio store and am bombarded with pink and miniature everything. Too much cute.
Bento boxes that are in the style of kawaii is almost too amazing. Trying to make food cute? Yes. Yes please. Its like food styling jumped into a big pool of adorable.
I really respect those moms (and pops) that make little bento meals for their children. For them to add so much whimsy and creativity into preparing food. Its really very beautiful. I really do think this gesture goes deep into the little ones soul more than the parent knows.
Eating a fun and playful meal that also happens to be nutritious is an amazing gift a parent can give to their child.
Imagination is such an underused muscle. Especially if everyone is rushing around this crazy world. Sometimes its the fine details in life that seep into our subconscious.
I really respect the art of bento making. Bento boxes are a sign of care and love. Lots of thought went into the presentation.
Because we all know we eat with our eyes first. My kawaii loving eyeballs are already feasting from just looking at these photos. If I had a meal like this I’m sure I would enjoy it a million times more if its a little sandwich that looks like Hello Kitty or a rice ball in the shape of Toroto. S-O D-A-M-N C-U-T-E ! ! !
-i contacted all bento artists for permission to use these photos. you can find them all on instagram or on these sites
Pizza and parties go hand in hand. Crazy fun to eat and as far as food goes its pretty damn interesting to look at. Basic shapes, colorful toppings and of course drippy melty cheese. Pizza could be an illustrators dream come true . Doodling little pizzas sound like a good time to me.
Japanese artist Kimiaki Yaegashi a.k.a. Okimi, created a series featuring pizza. These paintings also have a hot chick wearing a bikini, a naked baby, a cat, a bird/turtle/fish man and a Tengu. In Japanese folk culture the Tengu is a legendary mountain goblin that often represents vanity and pride. There’s a Japanese expression, ‘Tengu ni naru,’ which means, ‘He’s turning into a Tengu,’ used when describing a person who is arrogant, proud or conceited.
Now, the meaning of all these characters (including the pizza) on each of these drawings is up to you. These make me so happy, I cant help but giggle. They are abstract, wacky and beautiful.
A slice of pizza in your underpants? On your boobies? Over your eyes? What about putting your head through it?
Check out his website and buy some of his stuff. I most certainly will.