Edible Pop Culture Portraits Created with Various Foods

Using unconventional materials like milk, pizza sauce, and cocoa powder, Manchester-based artist Yaseen impressively crafts pop culture-inspired portraits and landscapes. The skilled artist pays homage to famous folks like Audrey Hepburn, Albert Einstein, and Bruce Lee, recreating their portraits with various food products in place of paints or inks to create a unique effect.

By experimenting with many types of materials, Yaseen has the opportunity to work with varying consistencies–from viscous to crumbly to watery–all of which are handled with ease and look effortlessly crafted. Sugar granules are carefully shifted and meticulously arranged while maple syrup is spread thin across its canvas. No matter what the ingredient may be, Yaseen's illustrations capture the essence of each subject with delicious flare.



Nutella, hazelnut chocolate spread

Fluff, marshmallow spread

Sugar granules


Pizza sauce

Maple syrup


Pomegranate (juice)


Smarties, sugar-coated hard candy

Yaseen also uses other unconventional, inedible materials to create his pop culture portraits:

Cassette tape

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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