HA HA. VERY PUNNY.

My love for a good pun will never die.  I can’t get enough of hearing the groans people make after you say a clever pun, it truly is priceless.  Sometimes puns could be so bad/good they can hurt.
South African graphic designer and illustrator Jaco Haasbroek puns beautifully.  He has a great sense of humor and illustrates it perfectly.  His witty humor and adorable characters will surely put a smile on any face.

Here’s an illustration that Ron Swanson would appreciate.
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The breakfast club.
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The egg-celent breakfast of champions.
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This is why piggies have curly tails.
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Lettuce put our hands together for Jaco Haasbroek.
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http://jacohaasbroek.com/

FOOD HAVE FEELINGS TOO YOU KNOW!

Playing around with clay is super fun.  When I was a little girl loved sculpting little tiny meals for my dolls.  Granted they never looked as good as the pre-made plastic foods that Mattel manufactured.  But for a girl that couldn’t afford the expensive stuff these tiny mediocre clay foods were acceptable for my Barbies. After college i began to experiment with polymer clay and created miniature food shaped earrings and charms and even got a chance to do the craft fair/flea market circuit.  I had a great time creating these tiny detailed pieces but it sure does take lots and lots of work.  I really appreciate how much effort goes into these sculpts.

Husband and wife team Liz and Jimmy Reed are Cuddles and Rage. This creative duo creates some pretty spectacular work. Whether its sculpting or drawing comics these two have an eye for the wacky and for the witty.  These little sculpted dioramas take up a life and story of their own.  The subtle expression on each characters faces are amazing.  I am still baffled by how they get that killer texture on the clay,  it’s really quite mind blowing.

This is how doughnuts get their sprinkles.
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This burrito seemed to have spill his guts out.
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The chocolate sauce looks so realistic on this ice cream sundae its pretty amazing.  Be careful if you keep this out in front of kids or your buddies that have the munchies.
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This pancake breakup is super sad.  I’m sure most of could relate to crying tears of butter, especially Paula Deen.
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Attack of the trash zombie food.
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This pie is so vain she needed a face lift to look beautiful.
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Cookie torture device.  I like the little cookie crumbles on the bottom of the glass.  Rest in peace cookie, you were beloved.
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Ghost chilies can indeed be pretty terrifying, and delicious.
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A comfortable pea in a pod.
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Take a look at your ice before you drink it.  Are they screaming?
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What’s with this jerk orange juice just grabbing straight through the doughnut?  I understand doughnuts irritation and love the expression on his face.
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This corn dog drama is a reoccurring comic on Cuddles and Rage.  I like to see all the drama unfold, its like a morning soap opera.
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Check out this website or by some stuff on Etsy.  They are definitely one of my favorite artists out there and they are super nice people.

http://cuddlesandrage.com/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CuddlesAndRage

FAMOUS CHUNKIES.

I can easily say Who Framed Roger Rabbit is one of the greatest movies of all time. I mean whats more amazing than animated characters mingling with real life people?  I went crazy for it when I was a kid.  I still get pretty pumped when I see animation fuse with real life objects.
Artist Alex Solis does amazing illustrations that are unique, fun and playful.
This series is called Stealing My Food
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He also is doing a series called Famous Chunkies. He illustrates recognizable pop culture figures as little fatties. I like the consistency of this series but it also has a strong message.
Usually when unhealthy eating is discussed it tends to come off as preachy and a little annoying. I think Alex Solis raises awareness without it being too much to digest….(see what I did there?)
Even though they are simply adorable, it gives you a little food for thought.  Some of these drawings make me think about cheeseburgers a little  more than usual.  Then it immediately makes me rethink eating that cheeseburger.

Ariel/Flounder/Sebastian from Little Mermaid
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Link from Legend of Zelda
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Ryu from Street Fighter
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Darth Vader from Star Wars
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The cool thing is that he experiments with different art styles and its never the same thing over and over.  He constantly posts super entertaining stuff on Instagram @alexmdc

The Ruler
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Real life Fruit Ninja
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Pencil Death: A little morbid and a little cutie 
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http://society6.com/artist/alexmdc

http://cargocollective.com/oddworx

LETS BENTO!

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.

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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.

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Eating a fun and playful meal that also happens to be nutritious is an amazing gift a parent can give to their child.

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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.

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I really respect the art of bento making.   Bento boxes are a sign of care and love. Lots of thought went into the presentation.

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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 ! ! !

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-i contacted all bento artists for permission to use these photos. you can find them all on instagram or on these sites

@Mdbento
www.flukemonkey.com/bento
@margaret_tatta
margarettata@windowslive.com
@silverleica
www.silverleica.com
@Erikatoh
www.facebook.com/iamerikatoh