Easy methods to Draw Dumplings (Anime & Manga Type)

This tutorial reveals how to attract steamed Japanese/Asian dumplings within the anime or manga fashion. It consists of eight steps and offers many detailed examples.

Dumplings in steamer drawing step by step
Dumplings in steamer drawing step-by-step

The steamed dumplings proven on this tutorial are a reasonably frequent meals in a number of Asian cultures. They’re often served a bamboo steamer just like the one within the instance.

Whereas the main focus of this tutorial is on the anime/manga fashion the road drawing portion won’t differ a lot from conventional artwork. Nevertheless, the coloring and shading components shall be executed utilizing “Cel Shading” that you’re most likely acquainted with for those who’ve tried another guides right here on AnimeOutline.

The tutorial might be executed in two methods. One is drawing the dumplings within the steamer (proven above). The second is drawing the dumplings on their very own (proven under).

Dumplings drawing step by step
Dumplings drawing step-by-step

The second choice is way simpler. If that’s the one you want to go for easy skip step 1-4 and go straight to step 5 of the tutorial.

You possibly can see the principle drawing phases within the two preview photos however there are further examples supplied in a number of the steps.

Whichever model you select it’s remember to begin the tutorial in pencil (until drawing digitally) and make mild traces which might be straightforward to erase. You possibly can darken them afterward.

Step 1 – Draw the High of the Dumpling Steamer

Dumplings steamer top drawing
Dumplings steamer high drawing

Start by drawing the highest of the dumpling steamer. Usually these are spherical in form however when seen on an angle (as on this drawing) it’s high will seem as an oval.

Draw a bigger oval first after which draw a smaller one inside it to indicate the thickness of the steamer’s partitions.

Because the steamer is drawn in perspective it is best to take a number of issues under consideration when creating the “ovals”. These are defined under. Please observe that you do NOT must create the drawing with the entire perspective traces. The reason is solely executed to offer you a greater understanding of why issues are drawn the way in which they’re.

For extra on perspective drawing additionally see the next:

Perspective Drawing Tutorial for Freshmen and The way it Pertains to Anime

Circle in one point perspective drawing
Circle in a single level perspective drawing

Perspective is objects getting smaller as they go off into the space. “Eye Degree” refers back to the stage of the viewers eyes in relation to the article that’s being drawn.

A correctly structured in perspective circle drawing for the highest of the steamer is proven above. To create one you’d first must make a one level perspective drawing of a sq. after which draw a pair of traces going from one nook to a different to create an “X”.

Circle in perspective drawing
Circle in perspective drawing

The purpose the place traces intersect provides you the “in perspective” center of the circle. By drawing a horizontal line by way of this you’ll be able to cut up the circle into the highest and backside.

Circle in perspective drawing top and bottom
Circle in perspective drawing high and backside

Within the above instance you’ll be able to see that the highest half of the “oval” finally ends up being narrower than the underside. As already talked about you don’t want to truly draw out the entire perspective traces. Merely attempt to hold the above above in thoughts when outlining the shapes of the “ovals”. Attempt to make their bottoms taller/rounder and their tops narrower/flatter.

Step 2 – Draw the Center of the Steamer

Dumplings steamer middle line drawing
Dumplings steamer center line drawing

For this step you’ll want to draw the center a part of the steamer that the lid sits on.

Slightly bit under the preliminary two ovals draw one other pair. Make the primary one the identical width because the outer oval from the the first step however make it just a little rounder (taller/vertically wider). The rationale for that is that the additional the a circle that’s seen on an angle is under a viewers eyes the rounder it seems.

Circles eye level perspective drawing
Circles eye stage perspective drawing

You possibly can see how issues change based mostly on eye stage within the above illustration. Do that for your self by any spherical object sitting on the ground or the desk after which bringing it up nearer to the extent of your eyes (with out tilting it an excessive amount of). The nearer it will get the narrower it is going to seem. As soon as on the stage of your eyes the spherical floor will mainly look flat.

Dumplings steamer middle drawing
Dumplings steamer center drawing

Additionally, you will need to first draw the ovals as if the steamer is see by way of. Subsequent join the outer sides of the highest interior oval to the outer sides of the interior oval on the backside. Afterwards erase the traces that shouldn’t be seen so that you’ve one thing just like the above.

The rationale for the “clear drawing” is as a result of it makes it simpler to see you probably have a correct oval when your complete factor outlined.

Step 3 – Draw the Backside of the Steamer

Dumplings steamer bottom line drawing
Dumplings steamer backside line drawing

Much like the earlier step draw an oval for the underside of the steamer. This one needs to be the identical width because the outer oval from the earlier step however as soon as once more it needs to be rounder (taller/vertically wider).

Dumplings steamer bottom drawing
Dumplings steamer backside drawing

Once more, first draw it as if the steamer is clear. Subsequent join the outer fringe of the the 2 largest ovals with a pair of straight traces and erase the components that shouldn’t be seen.

Step 4 – Draw the Within the Steamer

Dumplings steamer inside line drawing
Dumplings steamer inside line drawing

For the final a part of the steamer add it’s interior part that the dumplings will sit on. This can be a little bit up from the underside and needs to be the identical width because the interior oval on the very high. It must also as soon as once more be rounder because it’s decrease down.

Dumplings steamer inside drawing
Dumplings steamer inside drawing

But once more, draw the oval as if the dumpling steamer is clear after which erase the half that’s hidden.

With the above executed it is best to have a completed line drawing of the steamer.

Step 5 – Define the Dumplings

Dumplings in steamer outline drawing
Dumplings in steamer define drawing

With the steamer outlined you’ll be able to draw the dumplings inside it as within the instance. Usually at this angle they are going to have a tendency to seem as ovals with considerably flattened tops and sides.

Dumplings in steamer transparent drawing
Dumplings in steamer clear drawing

When including them attempt to estimate the position in order that they don’t look like too far down or too far up.

Dumplings outline drawing
Dumplings define drawing

If you wish to simply draw the dumplings you’ll be able to simply define their shapes as proven above.

Step 6 – Draw the Smaller Particulars

Dumplings in steamer line drawing
Dumplings in steamer line drawing

After you’ve gotten train dumpling outlined add the smaller particulars. These are the folds created within the dough when it’s closed up across the filling.

Dumplings line drawing
Dumplings line drawing

You possibly can see what the dumplings appear like with out the steamer within the instance above.

When executed including these folds test your drawing to verify all the pieces is in the appropriate place. You possibly can then hint over your traces to darken them (if wanted).

Step 7 – Add Shade

Dumplings in steamer drawing coloring
Dumplings in steamer drawing coloring

To paint the drawing you can also make the dumplings a light-weight yellow/brown and make the steamer a barely darker yellow/brown with a little bit of  orange.

Additionally, you will need to go away a number of highlights and lighter areas on the dumplings and steamer. Hold these white on the dumplings and make them a lighter variant of it’s coloration for the steamer.

Dumplings in steamer drawing highlight locations
Dumplings in steamer drawing spotlight places

Because the lighter areas and highlights could also be a bit tough to see their places are proven in blue within the instance above. As talked about in the beginning of the tutorial the coloring/shading within the examples is finished utilizing “Cel Shading”. A method that has no gradients between the sunshine, medium and darkish areas. That is frequent in anime, manga, comedian books and cartoons.

On this case the sunshine shall be coming from above. It is going to even be barely in entrance and to the left of dumplings/steamer. Which means the lighter areas will typically be on the highest surfaces of the steamer. On this instance there may also be spotlight son it’s outer left and it’s interior proper areas.

The dumplings can have highlights on the higher left of the bumps on the high and decrease proper of the folds.

Please understand that as this can be a considerably stylized drawing you do not want to be overly exact with the sunshine and shadows. It merely must be shut sufficient to be plausible.

Dumplings drawing coloring
Dumplings drawing coloring

If you’re solely drawing the dumplings the coloring course of continues to be precisely the identical.

Step 8 – Add Shading & End the Dumplings Drawing

Dumplings in steamer drawing shading
Dumplings in steamer drawing shading

For the final step add the shadows.

Within the lighting setup described above the darker areas shall be on the within of the steamer (even darker on it’s interior left) in addition to on it’s outer proper facet. It is going to additionally solid a very quick shadow to the appropriate and just a little bit behind itself.

The dumplings can have shadows primarily alongside their bottoms and the areas with deep interior folds.

Dumplings drawing shading
Dumplings drawing shading

If drawing the dumplings with out the steamer you may give each it’s personal shadow as proven within the instance above.

As soon as executed including the shadows you need to be completed with the drawing.


This tutorial reveals two variations of drawing Japanese/Asian fashion dumplings. Whereas the “steamer model” is considerably extra advanced it additionally presents crucial drawing recommendation that may be helpful in enhancing your abilities as an artist. Nevertheless, even for those who’ve gone with simply the dumplings that may nonetheless make for some good follow.

No matter model of the tutorial you most popular hopefully you’ve had enjoyable following alongside.

For extra guides on drawing anime/manga fashion meals and associated objects see the next: