Non-bento #38: Coolest guy I never met yet

May 11, 2011

in bento,non bento

I was working on some freelance plush projects a little while ago, and I had some questions about the toy industry. Who did I think of first? Jeremy Brautman.

Non-bento #38: Coolest guy I never met yet

Non-bento #38: Coolest guy I never met yet (Jeremy Brautman)
Created and eaten on: 4/28/2011

I think I have to explain a little about this. I’ve never met Jeremy. I only know him on Twitter. All I knew was he has an awesome blog about modern toys and the toy industry and he writes passionately about toys and art.

Normally I wouldn’t have done this kind of thing but I was pretty desperate for some information about the toy making process and I didn’t have any connections in the toy industry whatsoever, so I just sent him a long-ish message on his blog, thinking that it wouldn’t hurt to ask. The internet sure makes people bold.

He wrote me back pretty much right away and gave me extremely useful information. Even after his initial email, he continued to help me out and I couldn’t be more grateful.

He has a page on his blog where other people write how awesome he is. So I asked him if he’d accept a photo of a thank you note in a food form and he said yes.

After thinking about what to make for a while, I just couldn’t come up with an original idea (surprise surprise!) so I cheated and used the icon he uses on twitter. (created at FaceYourManga I think)

Non-bento #38: Jeremy Brautman

This is the icon he uses.

I printed out the image but the top of his hair was cut off in the icon so I drew the rest of the hair first. And I started cutting seaweed. The seaweed art on this one turned out to be a lot harder than Okamiden bento, Okamiden gomoku-sushi, Professor Layton and Shadow of the Colossus. It had soooo many tiny pieces. To give you an idea of how small the seaweed pieces are, I put a matchstick next to it.

Non-bento #38: Coolest guy I never met yet

My new self-healing cutting board was delivered just in time for this project.

The hair, glasses and eyebrows are all one piece, the nose is two pieces, and each ear is two pieces. It’s all about concentration. Oh and a very sharp exacto knife, a good cutting board and the ability to hold your breath for a very long time while cutting and handling tiny seaweed pieces. (If you don’t have strong lungs, a dust mask will come in handy.)

Once I finished cutting the seaweed, I worked on the layers. There are three layers, the bottom (cheese), middle (ham) and the top. (cheese) I usually use cheese singles but I used provolone for the base this time, and I must say it turned out really well. Provolone is very sturdy and won’t get sticky right away like cheese singles do.

Non-bento #38: Coolest guy I never met yet

Bottom layer

Non-bento #38: Coolest guy I never met yet

Top layer: I was so amazed that the glasses part stayed in one piece.

Originally the toast on the left was going to say something short like “thanks!”, but I really liked how easy it was to handle provolone, so I decided to cut it to spell a sentence.

Non-bento #38: Coolest guy I never met yet

Freehand! Funny how cut out cheese looks exactly like my handwriting.

After that, I prepped a sandwich with mustard, slices of ham, and a bit of mayo and lettuce. I put ham for his face on the bottom layer of provolone, and put the top layer of provolone over it. Then I put seaweed onto the top layer of provolone.  Then I carefully put the rest of the facial features on the ham. I originally wanted to put black sesame seeds for his facial hair but I realized that sesame seeds were too big. So I had to quickly cut tiny strips of seaweed and put them on the ham with tweezers. (I have sharp-nose tweezers just for food, by the way.)

Non-bento #38: Coolest guy I never met yet

You can kind of see the marble pattern on the face.

Non-bento #38: Coolest guy I never met yet

Three layers gives it a nice 3-D effect.

Non-bento #38: Coolest guy I never met yet

The line for the nose and glasses were about 1mm thin or less.

I actually don’t know if his eyes are green. They looked greenish on the icon so I went with lettuce. Now matter how bold I can be on internet, I thought it’d be a bit creepy to ask someone I’ve never met in person “Are your eyes green?”

Non-bento #38: Coolest guy I never met

The ears were the hardest.

Non-bento #38: Coolest guy I never met yet

And there are two of them!

I made it as thanks for Jeremy, but I wouldn’t waste food. So yeah, I ate it (closed-face of course). It was delicious. The seaweed gave the sandwich a nice flavor to it.

Non-bento #38: Jeremy Brautman

I usually have turkey on my sandwich, but I didn't want to make him too pale.

Before I close this post…

As I wrote  this post, I couldn’t help feeling like I was some kind of psycho who’d make people out of food and enjoy eating it… but I’m not! This was a very special occasion. I hope this post doesn’t creep Jeremy and other people out.

Anyway, I really can’t thank him enough. He truly is the coolest guy I never met, yet.

Don’t forget to check his site for upcoming cool toys and other awesome stuff!


For more pictures of my bento, visit Bento and non-bento! set and Bento details! set on my flickr page. (On the photos in the “Bent and non-bento!” set on my flickr, you can see the notes on the food explaining what they are.)

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LNo Gravatar May 11, 2011 at 11:10 am

this is so smart & creative of you~! you put so much effort into the details! well done! absolutely not creepy at all… lol! Hope he likes it too! :D


JeremyNo Gravatar May 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm

This made my morning! When you mentioned your intention, I thought, oh sure, that would be funny, but I guess I never really thought you’d actually immortalize my head in cheese, lettuce and seaweed! As a non-artist who is such a fan of the arts, I am humbled and flattered that you would invest such time in this. The result is beyond awesome. I am very particular about the portrayal of my Jew fro, and you have done it justice–in one piece no less! My eyes are in fact hazel green, and the icon is indeed from Face Your Manga. I appreciate the care you took in making me cheesy, but not a turkey (pale as I may be in real life, it’s nice to pretend). My only regret is that you did not try to sell me to that Golden Palace casino, you know the one that bought the Virgin Mary grilled cheese sandwich for $28K? Not to by uncreative about my gratitude back at you, but you are definitely “the coolest GIRL I never met yet”. Thank you so much for this. I can’t wait to post it on my Props page. In the meantime, I shall try not to get a big head while I favorite every photo of my cheese sandwich head you uploaded on Flickr. My inbox is always open to help you. See you at Comic-Con maybe?


KristinNo Gravatar May 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm

This is fantastic! I love that you actually layered on ham to match skin tone. And the ears are amazing. I’m not creeped out at all. In fact, I’m wondering if I can send photos of my kids to creep THEM out in a future lunch. :)


graciecatNo Gravatar May 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Hey Anna, I’ve been reading your blog for a while now but I’m not sure I’ve ever commented before. Well, I had to make the leap today to tell you this is a fantastic idea! Not creepy in the least, IMHO. And thanks for making a crackbook page, I like the little previews and I just never got the hang of twitter (I need more than 160 characters apparently). Keep up the awesome!


AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar May 11, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Wow thanks everyone for the compliments and not being creeped out! I wasn’t sure what kind of reactions I’d get since it’s not like any other food I’ve made before. It totally had a different feeling making this one since it was for someone who isn’t my boyfriend or myself, but I’m glad that I made it. :)
Glad that you like it! And I really appreciated your help. I wish I could design something original but I’m more of a copy-ier than a creator. (Well, I guess I could say I successfully re-created the missing part of the Jew fro!) I’ve never made any bento based on a real person (or a portrait of a real person) before, so this was the very first time! Seaweed art is tedious, frustrating, unexpected, tiring, etc… BUT it’s also strangely soothing and rewarding and I love it.
I would LOVE to go to SDCC but I’m going to PAX Prime, the biggest gaming convention held in Seattle in the end of August. Why do all the cool events take place on West Coast?? I love New York, but still NYCC is nothing compared to SDCC! Maybe someday… !!


JudithNo Gravatar May 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm

WOW. The attention to detail is just wow. I must echo all the above, totally not creepy. Love it!


Amy JenkinsNo Gravatar June 29, 2011 at 8:04 pm

The choice of ham is not lost on me. Well done!


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