How To Draw Sushi: Step 6

How to Draw Sushi

Young artists will love learning how to draw sushi with 6 simple steps.

With 6 easy steps to follow, children will enjoy designing their own sushi on paper. Also included is a printable version of this sushi drawing lesson.

Perfect for art teachers and homeschoolers looking to teach kids how to draw a sushi.

Drawing is much more fun when you have a fun & easy lesson to reference. Enjoy!


  • Pencil
  • Drawing Paper
  • Crayons or Colored Pencils
  • Black Marker (optional)
  • How to Draw Sushi Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
How To Draw Sushi: All Steps

In this tutorial, we will start off with a blank piece of paper and discover how to draw sushi in 6 illustrative steps. It is best to proportion out the shape and size of each of the drawn parts of the sushi.

Time Needed: 20 minutes

  1. Draw The Top Part

    How To Draw Sushi: Step 1

    Draw two ovals in the middle of your paper. Make the one on the left slightly tilted.

  2. Add The Nori Wrappers

    How To Draw Sushi: Step 2

    Then, add curved lines under each oval to create a 3D effect to each drawn sushi roll. This outlines the nori wrapper of each piece.

  3. Draw The Sushi Ingredients Inside

    How To Draw Sushi: Step 3

    After that, draw the various ingredients inside each oval to complete our sushi drawing. This is the perfect time to customize your sushi drawing!

  4. Add The Plate

    How To Draw Sushi: Step 4

    Once the sushi drawing is done, add the plate underneath.

  5. Complete The Line Art

    How To Draw Sushi: Step 5

    Add decorative feet under the plate to complete our line art drawing.

  6. Color Your Drawing

    How To Draw Sushi: Step 6

    Grab your crayons and start coloring your sushi.

How to Draw Sushi PDF Download

Click the link below to view or download this drawing lesson. The PDF is a printable drawing lesson for How to Draw Sushi. The last page of the downloadable PDF includes a coloring book page with just the outlines and an extension exercise for prompting kids to get creative!

How Did Sushi Come To Be?

Sushi is one of Japan’s most prominent dishes but did you know that it originated somewhere else? Sushi actually came from China with origins from the dish called narezushi. The dish was originally created to preserve fish using fermented rice since refrigerators weren’t invented yet.

Closeup photo of sushi

The fermented rice was actually disposed of as it was only used to wrap the fish and help preserve flavor and freshness. This dish slowly made its way to Japan and by the 18th century, found its way across numerous restaurants in the country.

How Different Types of Sushi are Made


This type of sushi is often more pricey. Made by using thinly sliced raw fish, gently dipped in wasabi paste, and placed atop some molded rice.



Also known as sushi rolls. The Maki used fresh, thinly sliced raw fish and vegetables, wrapped in toasted seaweed to form a cylindrical shape and cut into smaller, bite-sized pieces.  



The uramaki sushi is actually a type of Maki but with a twist! It’s made inside out where the rice instead covers the nori.



Sashimi is basically prepared by serving cuts of raw fish without rice. A famous example of fish used in sashimi is the salmon.


The Cultural Impact of Sushi

Sushi is often correlated with the country of Japan but the roots of this ancient dish date back to the Chinese people. Once brought to Japan in the ninth century, it quickly grew in popularity with the help of Buddhism. The practice of this belief system meant the abstaining of meat. With this, sushi became an obvious alternative to the Japanese diet.  

Residential street

It was first brought to the United States in 1966, specifically in California. The restaurant was opened in Little Tokyo by a man named Noritoshi Kanai and his business partner, Harry Wolff. This paved way to the creation of California Maki. Today, sushi has become a global sensation and a taste of Japan’s long history in a single bite.

California maki

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