How to Draw Sushi

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Sushi has been described as “seasoned rice that is shaped,” or as rice, meat, and vegetables rolled in a sheet of dried seaweed. The presentation of the dish – how it looks – is considered to be very important.

Sushi is symbolic of Japan – it is a staple rice dish there – but it is made in other regions as well. Some anime and manga – Japanese cartoons and comics – contain characters based on sushi.

Does all sushi contain raw fish? No, it does not. Many contain vegetables and cream cheese, and others are topped with a sweet egg omelet. Some contain cooked seafood, or are battered and fried.

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Did you know? Sushi is often served with sliced ginger root and a green paste called wasabi. However, “real” wasabi is seldom found outside of Japan; horseradish and mustard are used to mimic the flavor. Why? Wasabi is a temperamental plant that is difficult to grow – it likes cool temperatures, full shade, and flowing streams. It is therefore expensive since it does not conform to commercial planting methods.

Would you like to draw a delicious meal of sushi? This easy, step-by-step food drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Burger, Burrito, and Popcorn.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Sushi

How to Draw Sushi: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the table. First, draw a rectangle, tilted diagonally. Extend short lines downward from three of the rectangle’s points. Connect these using long straight lines. Then, draw two small squares just beyond the edge of the rectangle. Connect the upper corners of the squares to the rectangle using short straight lines.

How to Draw Sushi: Step 2

2. Draw the nigiri sushi, seafood on top of rice. Outline an irregular rounded shape, and band it with a curved line. Texture the lower rice portion with short lines and dots, the upper portion with wavy lines. Outline a small irregular shape at one end, and draw a line down its middle.

How to Draw Sushi: Step 3

3. Draw another sushi. This one is topped with tamago, a type of sweet egg omelet, and wrapped in nori, or seaweed. Draw an irregular oval shape, and band it with a curved line. Then, draw two parallel curved lines across the middle, and texture this with small dots.

How to Draw Sushi: Step 4

4. Up next are maki, or traditional sushi rolls wrapped in seaweed. First, draw two ovals. Then, draw curved lines descending from each end of the ovals. Connect these using curved lines, and texture the seaweed with vertical lines.

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How to Draw Sushi: Step 5

5. Detail what’s inside your sushi rolls. Draw irregular shapes and curved lines to indicate the fish, vegetables, and rice.

How to Draw Sushi: Step 6

6. Draw another maki roll topped with roe, or fish eggs. Use small “U” shaped lines to enclose a rounded shape, then draw more “U” shaped lines inside the shape. Draw three lines descending from the roe, and connect them using a curved line.

How to Draw Sushi: Step 7

7. Draw another sushi. Begin with a rounded rectangle, and draw an irregular shape inside it. Draw a line descending from each corner, and connect these with curved lines. Texture the seaweed with short lines.

How to Draw Sushi: Step 8

8. Texture the tamago with curved lines, and draw a chopstick beside the table. Use two long straight lines, connected at a rounded point on each end. Notice that one point is sharper than the other.

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How to Draw Sushi: Step 9

9. Draw a second chopstick overlapping the first, erasing guide lines as necessary.

How to Draw Sushi: Step 10

Color your sushi.

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How to Draw Sushi

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