For Anime Boston 2020's "Bento in Boston" theme, we invited all artists to participate in our Art Contest. Rules for this contest can be found here. Judging was done by the Anime Boston Social Media Team, who organized the contest.
Entries were judged based on three criteria:
-Adherence to the 2020 theme of "Bento in Boston"
-Creativity and Originality
-How well the artwork depicts the back story
Below we have the Grand Prize Winner and Runner Up winner, followed by the ten Honorable Mentions. You may click on an image to it in our photo gallery.
We want to deeply thank all of the artists for your submissions. It's your participation that makes this Art Contest a success, and we will plan to continue holding it each year that we are able!
Title: Home Away From Home
Online: sixspades.art | Twitter:@art_spades | Instagram: @sixspades.illustration
Backstory: In “Home Away from Home,” a group of friends enjoy a hanami picnic on the banks of Boston's Charles River. Inspiration for this piece began with the idea that a bento lunch is quite literally a bit of home away from home. In the same way that a sports team, a favorite song, or even an anime convention can evoke a sense of nostalgia and belonging, so too can our favorite foods bring a homey familiarity to a day spent away, especially when that food is thoughtfully prepared and shared amongst friends.
Title: Magical Girl Bento Delivery
Online: deviantart.com/katizua | Twitter/Instagram: @katizua
Backstory: Tired of having slow drivers for your food delivery? Look no further! Magical Girl Bento Delivery is now serving the greater Boston area! 12 feet of snow, no problem! Our drivers deliver all our bentos via broom flight to ensure a fast and magical delivery! (Drivers may in fact be delayed if a monster of the day appears due to length of transformation sequence. Drivers carry less than 20$ change and are armed for safety with a glitter cat wand.)
Title: Osechi Ryori
Online: penelopeloveprints.com | Twitter/Instagram: @Penelopeloveprints
Backstory: "One of the most important Japanese traditions is ensuring that each new year begins on the right foot. For many, that means welcoming the new year with family by sharing a specially prepared meal called Osechi Ryori.
My interpretation of Osechi showcases many traditional dishes such as the Datemaki, Black Beans, and Lotus Root. Each dish holds significant meaning and symbolism. Datemaki symbolizes the endeavors of success in studying. Eating black beans brings good health. Lotus Root symbolizing overcoming obstacles. My painting embodies what Osechi means; which is sharing the warmth, fun, and festivities with loved ones."
Title: Hanami on the High Seas
Medium: Food Art, Graphic Design, Illustration
Online: etsy.com/shop/akaminyan | Twitter/Instagram: @akaminyan
Backstory: For the Bento in Boston contest, I made an actual bento! It’s based around nautical themes and the Boston Harbor in spring as if it were surrounded by cherry trees. Bento and Hanami go hand in hand, and the idea of ocean waves speckled with sakura is so romantic! Going with our aquatic theme, Sailor Tako is an expert in preparing bento, based on a popular bento item himself: a tako-wiener! (Hot dog cut like an octopus!) To finish, I formatted the entry like a cookbook, emphasizing balanced ingredients- an important quality of a good bento! Hope you enjoy 召上がれ!
Online: Twitter: @_carmily
Artist: Devin Elle Kurtz
Title: After Work Bento
Online: devinellekurtz.com | Twitter/Instagram: @DevinElleKurtz
Backstory: When the friends all get out from their summer jobs they run across town to meet up with one another and enjoy some bento from the Japanese corner store. They each grab their favorites (probably too much, but hungry kids often have bigger eyes than stomachs) and find a shady place in a Boston neighborhood to enjoy their picnic in the twinkling summer lights.
Title: Bento Furoshiki
Online: sophsen.com | parasoapus.tumblr.com
Backstory: Show off your culinary skills in your bento box! Even if you can't cook, throw a fried egg on top of your rice and sprinkle on some furikake. It’s always fun to have a glance at what your friends have brought for lunch that day - mouthwatering egg rolls? Glistening beef teriyaki? Super cute (and scrumptious) rabbit apples? Whatever it maybe, everything tastes so much better when shared with friends! Okawari Kudasai!
Title: Sweet Memories
Medium: Polymer Clay
Online: Instagram: @sentimentaldolliez
Backstory: I used to be obsessed with making Kawaii bento boxes when I was younger. So each weekend, my mom would teach me how to make certain styles of bento to pack for school. It was one of the thing we did to spend quality time together.
Artist: ioo studio llc
Title: Bentoland Chaotic
Medium: 2D Digital Art & 3D Air Dry Clay
Online: www.ioostudio.us| FenwayArt.com
Backstory: Food are naughty, when you are not looking, do you know what happened in your bento box? Discover their stories!
Title: Fantasy Pho
Online: Twitter: @onemegawatt
Backstory: You arrive in the town of Bostonia at dusk. All tired and worn out from a tough battle earlier in the day, you decide to head to the town's inn looking for a place to rest. The place is packed full and while your party still manages to secure a room for the night, you are informed that the inn won't be able to provide food service due to material shortage. Frustrated, you decide to head out into town looking for dinner. As you're about to leave, a poster on one of the inn's walls catches your eyes.
Artist: Yien-Wyn Yip
Title: Me and my friends at lunch
Medium: Watercolour, Ink, Digital
Online: etsy.com/shop/yienyipfan | Instagram: @yienwyn
Backstory: This character is a little girl I created to interact with all the lunar zodiac animals - this one being year of the rat - in a series of illustrations; she is inspired by my childhood and other young children in my family. The tea party is a mix of pastries from different cultures, and the furoshiki wrapped around the stacked bento boxes have a small map of downtown Boston! She wants to show her new friends new treats including pastries and bentos for a lovely picnic lunch!
Title: The Picnic
Online: pixiv.net/member.php?id=1370998 | Twitter @Pictolita
Backstory: One beautiful spring day, three girls bring their bento boxes to have a picnic in scenic spots of Boston.
You can look forward to seeing these artists at our Artist Alley this year!