Character Bento Food Art by Li Ming

Li Ming, a mother of two from Singapore, created more than 100 cartoon food artworks for her sons’ lunches.

"I started packing charabens for Ivan to take to school because he had a hard time coping."

"He refused to go to school and cried everyday - he was not used to the longer hours and missed me."

"I packed him charabens with written messages to make him feel more secure."

"Lucas saw one of them and asked for one to take to kindergarten and he really enjoyed the attention he got from his teachers and friends."

"I ended up decorating either their lunch or dinner instead and they eat those at home."

"They still enjoy looking at what I make and will give comments at times on how I can position certain parts."

"They are excited when I make characters they like or request."

"It's difficult to say which ones are my favourite because I like all of them for different reasons. Ideas come from everywhere."

"It can be a character my boys or I like and other times my boys make request to make certain characters."

"I also get inspiration from surfing the web and things I see in everyday life such as stickers, displays or event posters."

"I usually make around six designs per week and I'll share three or four of these online - the rest are for my upcoming book."

"These lunches usually take around half an hour to make, excluding the cooking of food. Most take shorter than half an hour, some take longer."

"The food must still taste good, I try to keep that in mind when making my food art. This is because my boys won’t want to eat food that don’t taste good, regardless of how amazing it looks."

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