I just completed a shu mai dish for Marisa's thesis film. The process started with me painting the shu mai in photoshop and then bringing it into illustrator to vectorize. Afterwards, I duplicated it and arranged it on the plate I created.
Ming Pottery plate design.
Speed painting of a shu mai dumpling.
Vectorized the digitally painted shu mai dumpling.
Arranged the dumplings on the plate, and gave it some drop shadows to separate them from the surface of a plate.