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

SMILING SPAM AND DISNEY.

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
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or this breakfast scene
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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.
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Pharrell
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Totoro
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Louie CK (fellow Hungarian BTW)
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These Disney characters are cute enough for any adult but would be totally adorable in a nursery.

Dumbo
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Chip and Dale
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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….

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(i have contacted the artist to use these photos, hes super nice so please buy his stuff!)

http://jmaruyama.com

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

P IS FOR PIZZA

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?

Genius.

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Check out his website and buy some of his stuff.  I most certainly will.

http://www.okimi.com/

http://society6.com/okimi?utm_source=artist-promo&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=free-shipping&coupon=ap-612167-02610e

DRAWING HUNGRY

I have a deep love of food illustrations and Hungarian food.  Sometimes I wander into the scary world of the  inter-webs looking for the perfect marriage of my two loves.  Instagram led me to artist named Nick Hilditch.  (On Instagram he goes by the name @pockless.)

He has a whimsical look at traditional Hungarian dishes.  These drawings left me laughing, nostalgic and hungry.  He traveled to Hungary in 1996, recorded his food travels not with photographs like most of us common fools, but with art.
I love these.
I love everything about these.
Well done Mr. Hilditch.  I’d like to explore other parts of the world with you.

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nickhilditch.com

ONION, LARD, PAPRIKA

As a child I always dreaded the question “where is your family from?”  Because I know the question that would immediately follow would be , “Oh, your family is from Hungary?  Are you hungry?”

The answer was and will always be yes.

Yes, I am hungry/Hungary.

Onions, lard and paprika.  The three things that I can say shaped my culinary tastes growing up and that defines the things I crave today.

Its also interesting that Hungary is the only country on this list that has lard as a “spice”.  Can rendered pig fat be a spice?  I don’t know.  But I do know I enjoy a healthy {unhealthy} spoonful of lard spread on a fresh piece of bread.  Straight up rural Hungarian farmer status,  just the way my grandfather did.

picture courtesy of foodbeast.com

infographic designed by DataDail

http://www.kitstone.com