La Ricetta Ristorante Pizzeria in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture is known for more than just Italian food – they have also become famous for creating artistic pancakes featuring popular Manga characters.

The creations are made solely with pancake batter, soy milk and awesome skill, with the color differences being achieved by varied cooking times.

Hit the jump to check out additional examples.

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Artist Hedvig Astrom Kushner has developed a unique art project that involves blending smoothies to specifically match Pantone colors.

Here’s what Hedvig had to say about the project:

I make a lot of smoothies and noticed it kinda works like mixing paint. Add a strawberry, get a hot pink hue, add some spinach and get a subtle green. Pantone Smoothies is an artsy little project seeking an answer to the question: is it possible to create tasty smoothies in any Pantone color?

The process is pretty simple. I buy colored paper from a local art store, match it to a Pantone swatch, and make the smoothie to match whatever color the swatch is. Me and Mike photograph the fruit lay downs and smoothies using the colored paper as a backdrop, in a light box in the office basement.

The entire colorful series is up on her Pantone Smoothies website, but if you’d like to take a look at some highlights, you can check out a few additional pics after the break.

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When she’s not designing large scale structures,  Romanian architect Ioana Vanc enjoys using various foods to create tiny portraits on metal spoons. These small sculptures are layered for a multi-dimensional scene while her choice of food mediums create amazing textures. Her subjects range from Batman and Kermit to intricate wildlife scenes.

No matter the scale or medium, Ioana is truly an artist. Take a look at more of her work after the break. 

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Vermeer probably never thought that one day people would be eating representations of his masterpiece “Girl With a Pearl Earring”, but that’s exactly what’s happening at L.A.-based Bohnhoff & Kent, where food artists used the painting as the inspiration for one of their signature cake-filled chocolate “gourmet stuffed candy bars”.

As you’ll see by the creative process after the jump, the completely edible creation looks delicious and far too beautiful to eat – meaning your stomach and eyes will be fighting each other as you watch.

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Some artists rely on canvas, stone or clay as their preferred artistic mediums. But Steve Casino is different: he makes art out of peanuts. We’ve featured his work in the past, but there’s a lot of new pieces to share.

Steve’s peanut art runs the gamut: he’s done everything from mini-celebrity statues (the Game of Thrones characters piece is spot on!) to tiny horror-themed pieces. Honestly, it looks like this guy can do nearly anything with a peanut.

Check out some more peanuts after the break…

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Artist Leon Keer has created some perspective artwork on a boardwalk alongside the Malta Street Art Festival that, when viewed from above, makes the area look like it’s being invaded by giant gummy bears during the Battle of Candyland.

The work features a number of massive gummy bears moving toward a downed comrade, who might have become the victim of a sneak attack launched by one of the equally-sized Swedish Fish that we can only assume are lurking in the nearby waters.

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If you’re a diehard tea-drinker, then a “tea dragon” would probably be your patronus. Created by Strangely Katie, an illustrator from New Zealand, tea dragons embody the particular characteristics of specific tea blends (e.g., the “Chamomile” dragon is always pretty sleepy).

Strangely Katie notes on her Tumblr that tea dragons are friendly critters, and have tea leaves actually sprout from their bodies (don’t worry, plucking the leaves doesn’t hurt them). However she does point out that the dragons “have been bred to the point that they rely completely on humans to survive. Seen as luxury pets, the number of humans willing to spend the time and effort to keep a spoiled, demanding and somewhat fragile creature alive in order to make a good cup of tea has dwindled…”

Well, drat. It looks like we’re going to have to start a tea dragon sanctuary. My, God, it’s going to be adorable! On that note, The tea dragons originally started as doodles, but Katie’s illustrations have proved popular so she decided to create a short, tea dragon-themed comic so fans can explore her caffeinated fictional world.

Check out some examples of her work after the break…

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Some superheroes concentrate on saving the world and beating up bad guys. But the legendary Sandwich Defender has an ever higher calling.

Esty seller jimbobart is a talented illustrator who’s based in the United Kingdom. Woodland creatures with a whimsical twist seem to be a favorite theme–as noted by the bear/superhero plate depicted above. There’s plenty more where that came from in his shop.

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Under the Instagram account coffeetopia, artist Ghidaq al-Nizar uses leftover coffee and grounds to paint imaginative scenes on leaves, plates, and paper. He uses the tag #zerowastecoffee to show that the thing you love can create more to love. Although in my house, the phrase “leftover coffee” is completely unheard of.

See Also: Artist Transforms Spilled Coffee Into Beautiful Art

His artwork is just beautiful to look at. Check out more caffeinated masterpieces after the break.

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Artist Mike Burns has turned sweet cereal monsters into the stuff of sugar-fueled nightmares. You can choose from Count Chocula, Boo Berry, or Frankenberry as prints you can display should you wish to ruin the childhoods of all who walk into your home.

See more pictures after the break.

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