Turkish Artist Imagines Food As Human Characters

Ülker, better known as Lyra Rei on social media, is a full-time child and adolescent psychiatrist, and part-time illustrator living and working in Istanbul, Turkey.

According to her, there are three things that she loves the most: drawing, cooking, and eating, so she decided she would do what she does the best; to combine her passions and create a remarkable series of images.

“I had to do a little research about the specific food or snack’s origin, production process, and discovered so much more when people started commenting and telling me about their homeland’s most popular food,” she wrote on Bored Panda. “As a mental healthcare professional, I can’t stress enough how important art is to our souls and minds. It doesn’t have to be perfect – creating even the smallest thing can make our day more meaningful.”

She documents her work on Instagram where her photos regularly get thousands of likes from her 82,000 followers.