This step by step tutorial shows how to draw an anime or manga lunchbox with some food items commonly found in a Japanese lunch.
Lunchboxes are very common in many anime shows and manga, especially so in the ones that revolve around some sort of school life.
There is usually quite a bit of detail put into drawing anime food so this tutorial will focus on drawing nice looking and detailed food as well. At the same time it is not too difficult though it may take you a while to draw out and properly position all of the different food items in the lunchbox.
Step 1 – Draw the Rectangular Shape of the Lunchbox
Start the drawing by first establishing the 3d rectangular shape of the lunchbox. In this case the lunchbox will be drawn in two point perspective.
If you are not familiar with perspective drawing what this means is that the farther ends of the lunchbox will be drawn slightly smaller than the front corner.
For an explanation of perspective drawing see:
Step 2 – Draw the Empty Lunchbox
After you establish the basic shape of the lunchbox you can then draw its inner details and sections (only two in this case).
While most of the inside will eventually be covered by the food its still a good idea to draw these out with light lines and erase them later. This way you can avoid mistakes such as different parts of the lunchbox not lining up properly.
For some common drawing mistakes see:
Step 3 – Draw the Outlines of the Food
The food items we will draw inside the lunchbox are:
- Deep Fried Meat or Vegetables (with wax paper around them)
Start by drawing the basic shapes of these items without any of the smaller inner details. If drawing using paper and pencil be sure to make very light lines for the food items as you may have to erase some to tweak their size and positioning to make sure they fit nicely into the lunchbox.
For advice on good drawing practices check:
You can see the fully visible outlines of each of the food items in this tutorial in the example above.
Step 4 – Draw the Details of the Food
After you finish drawing the outline shapes of the food add some smaller details for each item.
For the rice you can draw just a few hints of the individual grains.
For the other food items you can see the details in the example above.
Food and lunchboxes are a very common item in anime and manga. Though anime style food is not very difficult to draw it does take some time to go over each food item so drawing it may require some patience.
For more on drawing things in the anime/manga style check out:
For drawing actual anime characters see: