How to Draw Anime Style Food & Lunch Box -

How to Draw Anime Style Food & Lunch Box

How to Draw Anime Style Food & Lunch Box

This tutorial will show you how to make an anime or manga lunchbox with food items that are common in Japanese meals.


Anime food in lunch box drawing step by step

Many anime and manga depict lunch boxes, particularly those that are based on school life.

Drawing anime food is often very detailed. This tutorial will concentrate on drawing beautiful-looking, detailed food. It is easy to do, but it can take some time to properly place all the food items in your lunch box.

Step 1: Draw the Rectangular Shape for the Lunch Box

Anime lunch box shape drawing

Begin by determining the 3D rectangular shape of your lunch box. This will allow you to draw the lunchbox from two points of perspective.

Perspective drawing is a way of making sure that the corners at the ends of the lunchbox are drawn smaller than the ones at the front.

View this explanation on perspective drawing:

Tutorial for Beginning Artists and How It Relates To Anime

Step 2: Draw the empty lunch box

Anime empty lunch box drawing

Once you have established the shape of your lunchbox, you can draw the inner details and sections. There are only two in this example.

Although most of the interior will be covered by food, it is still a good idea for the outside to be drawn with light lines. Later, you can erase these lines. This will prevent you from making mistakes like not aligning different parts of your lunchbox properly.


You can find common mistakes in drawing here:

Common Mistakes in Drawing Manga & Anime

Step 3 – Draw the outline of the food

Anime food in lunch box drawing outline drawing

These are the food items that we will include in our lunch box

  • Rice
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Sausages
  • Eggs
  • Deep-Fried Vegetables or Meat (with wax paper around)

Draw the basic shapes without any details. Use a pencil and paper to draw the basic shapes of the food items. You may need to erase some lines to adjust their sizes and position to fit into your lunchbox.

Get advice about good drawing techniques here:

Beginner Guide to Drawing Anime & Manga

Anime food outline drawing

In the above example, you can see the outline of each food item.

Step 4 – Sketch the details of the food

Anime food in lunch box drawing drawing

Once you have drawn the outline shapes for the food, add details to each item.

You can only get a few hints about the individual grains of rice.

Anime food drawing

You can find the details for the other food items in the example.



In anime and manga, food and lunch boxes are very popular. Although anime-style food is easy to draw, it can take some time to cover each item. This may make it more difficult for some people to be patient.

You can find more tutorials on food here:

  • How to Draw Anime Hair Blowing in the Wind
  • Step by Step Instructions to Draw a Rice Bowl
  • Step by step Drawing Hands with Chopsticks
  • Step by step Drawing a Slice of Cake
  • Step by Step Instructions to Draw a Candy Apple
  • Step by Step Drawing Takoyaki

You can also draw other things in anime/manga style by visiting:

  • Step by Step How to Draw a Rose
  • One-Point Perspective Room Drawing Tutorial – Step by Step

To draw anime characters, see:

Tutorial Drawing Anime Characters

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