Like you, David Laferriere makes lunch for school. Unlike you, he draws brilliant sketches (like his imaginary characters called Kritzels) on the sandwich bags. “I started doing the bags back in May of 2008 as a way to jump start my creativity and to have fun with my kids. I only had a black Sharpie marker at first and would use a napkin to add white. All the drawings are done just after the sandwich is made and put in a sandwich bag and take a few minutes to execute,” he says. So, if you think that you’re killing it in the lunch department by cutting off the crusts, now you know there’s another level to unlock. Here are a few of Laferriere’s (and his kids’) favorites and the story behind them.
“I always liked doing mazes when I was little. This is one of my better mazes. I was told that it took two tries to get this one done.”
“Gone, only memories and Blast off were done as a tribute to my father who passed away the night before. These had to be the hardest bags to do and they still make me tear up. It was also around the same time that the bags started to go viral online.”
“Another view of the Holey Sandwich is a fun trompe l’oeil quick sketch. I’ve done 5 or 6 of these and this one has to be the best.”
“Beach scene is one of Kenny’s favorites. It was made one summer morning as we were getting ready to go to the beach. All three of our sandwiches form part of a triptych.”
“Digging Dinos was one of my first bags where I drew something outside of the bread. My kid also like dinosaurs when they were little.”
“Snowball fight — the left sandwich was my son’s and the right one was mine. I chaperoned a class trip.”
“The goofy faces were always favorites of my son Evan. He once told a local TV reporter that if he was having a bad day at school that seeing that stupid goofy face would make him smile.”
“Chickens and kite flying were always subjects, this one was both. We used to have four chickens for about 6 years. We also like to fly kites.”
“Here’s one where aliens are abducting a chicken.”
“Here is the sandwich bag I did for my son Evan on his last full day of high school. The front was a redrawn from a classic and the back was a heart. I include a Sharpie marker just as I had done with the very first bag photo.”
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