Another year down

For the last 2 years I’ve been drawing a different picture on my son’s brown paper lunch bag for every day he’s gone to school. They take about a half hour each, I color them with colored pencils, and he usually gives them to friends once he’s eaten his lunch. He’s just finished up 1st grade, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites.

** Update!
The bags have gotten a fair amount of attention (850,000+ views on an imgur gallery I set up) and by some blogs are carrying it. I love reading all the comments, they’ve been great, but there have been a lot of repeat questions/assumptions. Soto clear some things up…

  • I am, in fact employed. I’m a freelance deisgner/illustrator, working about 40 hours all said and done.
  • The bags take me about 30 minutes to do. I’ll draw them during my lunch, and color them after the kids go to bed.
  • I take the pictures before packing the lunch, no way they’d survive a day with a first grader.
  • My son typically gives the bags to friends and teachers. He’s kept a few he really likes, but he accustomed to Dad drawing all the time. It’s his normal.
  • I can do commissions, if you’re interested reach out to me and let me know.


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  1. Chrissy

    truly inspiring..!!
    want to do the same for my kids..!

  2. love your Art! when I was growing up in the late 60’s early 70’s we used to collect cartoons of a guy driving old hot rods with bulging bloodshot eyes and tongue hanging out, usually an oversized head in a small body & vehicle, if I remember right. can’t remember the name and I never see his art anymore. but that’s what I’d commission from you, and I actually have a job and could pay you!
    btw I loved to draw as a kid. spent hours at the coffee table making up stories. ah wonderful imagination!

  3. This is actually so great! Really great drawings, you have to be a great parent!

  4. Daniel Mosquera

    Increible… Un trabajo que inspira, solo es necesario un motivo para crear, que valga la pena depende de ti mismo… 😉 good job!

  5. Sandro Botteri

    Awesome drawings. The news went all the way to Perú, were I live, by the most influensive newspapper. If you wanna check it out take a look here:

    You should totally make Geek t-shirts with those incredible drawings!

  6. Thank you. .. your story is very loving and not many dads take time to do something special like you have.
    I have been inspired by you and now I am drawing on my kids lunch bag!
    Awesome WORK!!!!

  7. So happy to hear that you’re drawing on their bags too! Your kids will love it.

  8. This migh be his “normal” today but he will remember this and it will be one of his SPECIAL Dad memories for the rest of his life. Many ‘AWESOME DAD’ points here!! Thank you for sharing with us! These are so much fun!

  9. Hi, first of all I love your work. I started doing some drawings last school year for my daughters snack. They help her to keep her behaviour in check. No bag if mommy gets bad report. I completely ran out of things to draw, essentially uninspired by anything i see. I was wondering if its alright to attempt to draw some of these bags that you have done?

  10. Thank you! I would be fine with you drawing my bags for your daughter.

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