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How to Draw Rice and Chopsticks

Easy, step by step Rice and Chopsticks drawing tutorial
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Are you hungry for some Chinese food? You can learn how to draw a bowl of rice with chopsticks! Use your drawing skills to create your own menu for homemade meals.

Where do people eat with chopsticks? These eating utensils are popular in East Asia and are used with Asian-style cuisine worldwide.

This includes lands such as Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. They originated in China 3 to 4 thousand years ago.

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Chopsticks often appear in popular culture. In movies and shows, people are often shown having difficulty using chopsticks for the first time.

Anime characters like Goku have big appetites and use chopsticks to shovel food into their mouths!

Whether you're traveling abroad or visiting a local restaurant, here are some tips for eating with chopsticks:

  • You can use chopsticks by balancing one between your thumb and middle finger the same way you do a pencil. Hold the second chopstick between your thumb and pointer finger. Flex your pointer finger to move the top chopstick, grasping food between the points.
  • Did your mother ever tell you not to play with your food? Don't play with your chopsticks, either! This includes drumming on the table, pointing at someone, spearing pieces of food, or scratching an itch.
  • Don't leave chopsticks standing up in a bowl or pass food from one person's chopsticks to another. These actions are related to funeral rites and are considered rude at mealtime.
  • If taking something from a shared serving dish, use the "wrong" end of the chopsticks, not the end you put in your mouth.
  • What do you do with the soup in your bowl? You can't pick that up with chopsticks. In Japan, noisy slurping is acceptable!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Spaghetti, Corn Dog, and Sushi.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Rice and Chopsticks

Rice and Chopsticks drawing - step 1
How to Draw Rice and Chopstick Step 01

1. Begin by outlining the shape of the bowl. Enclose an irregular rounded shape.

Rice and Chopsticks drawing - step 2
How to Draw Rice and Chopstick Step 02

2. Use a curved line to enclose a round shape at the bottom of the bowl. This is the bowl's foot.

Rice and Chopsticks drawing - step 3
How to Draw Rice and Chopstick Step 03

3. Draw a large "C" shaped line across the top of the bowl, outlining its mouth or opening.

Rice and Chopsticks drawing - step 4
How to Draw Rice and Chopstick Step 04

4. Begin outlining the rice in the mouth of the bowl. Use a series of overlapping curved lines to give the appearance of individual grains of rice.

Rice and Chopsticks drawing - step 5
How to Draw Rice and Chopstick Step 05

5. Begin drawing one of the chopsticks. Draw two straight lines that are loosely parallel to one another; notice how they get closer together near the bowl. Connect them at the top with a curved line, and band the chopstick with another curved line.

Rice and Chopsticks drawing - step 6
How to Draw Rice and Chopstick Step 06

6. Draw a second chopstick. Again, use two straight lines that converge as they near the bowl. Connect them at the top and band the chopstick with a curved line.

Rice and Chopsticks drawing - step 7
How to Draw Rice and Chopstick Step 07

7. Draw the rice grasped by the chopsticks. Use a series of overlapping curved lines to give the appearance of individual grains of rice.

Rice and Chopsticks drawing - step 8
How to Draw Rice and Chopstick Step 08

8. Draw more grains of rice in the bowl. Use curved lines to enclose small ovals or trace partial grains of rice.

Rice and Chopsticks drawing - step 9
How to Draw Rice and Chopstick Step 09

9. Finish texturing the rice. Draw the individual grains using overlapping curved lines.

Complete Rice and Chopsticks drawing
How to Draw Rice and Chopstick Step 10

Color your cartoon chopsticks and rice.

Once you've mastered rice and chopsticks, why not try your hand at other staples from Asian cuisine: sushi or a bowl of noodles.

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