I would like to draw such a picture in Tikz, especially to emphasize the volume between these two paraboloids. Since Tikz looks quite complicated to me I ask you for some help (not to present me the code on a silver tray) how to tackle my problem.

I appreciate any constructive help :)

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    Graphs of functions usually use data visualization. The added text is done by placing a node at the desired location, possibly as \node[below] at (visualization cs: x,y) {$x^2+y^2$}; where (x,y) is given in graph coordinates. The elliptical arcs should be straight foreward, but the shading might prove difficult. Perhaps you could clip a spherical shading. Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 17:16
  • If you've never used TikZ before, start with a simpler picture or work through some of the tutorials in the manual. Otherwise, you'll just get frustrated and give up. (At least, I would - maybe you have a will with higher iron content than me!)
    – cfr
    Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 2:54

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Maybe like this using Asymptote.

settings.render = 16;
settings.prc = false;
import three;
import graph3;


currentprojection = orthographic(2,0.2,1);

label("$8 - (x^2 + y^2)$",(0,0,9));
label("$x^2 + y^2$",(0,0,-1));

pen color = red;
material pen1 = material(diffusepen=color+opacity(1.0), emissivepen=0.5*color);
pen color = blue;
material pen2 = material(diffusepen=color+opacity(0.4), emissivepen=0.8*color);

real f1(pair z) { return 8-(z.x*z.x+z.y*z.y); }
real f2(pair z) { return z.x*z.x+z.y*z.y; }

real x(real t) { return 2.0*cos(2pi*t); }
real y(real t) { return 2.0*sin(2pi*t); }
real z(real t) { return 4.0; }
path3 p=graph(x,y,z,0,1,operator ..);


surface surf1 = surface(f1,(-2,-2),(2,2),50,Spline);
surface surf2 = surface(f2,(-2,-2),(2,2),50,Spline);



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