It's been a while, but we're back in style!
It's been a long time since I've actually drawn anything relating to the interests I've held for the longest. I attribute that to exhaustion from the overload of drawing for my university courses. I feel that I want to start back up, but I haven't the slightest idea from where to begin. Here and there, I do collect samples of manga styles from the eras that I like best, and I have a sketchbook that I take with me at all times, so I can start when the moment I decide to carry on shows itself. I've got some modest supplies at my disposal, in the meantime. I could make use of a bunch of really good Micron pens, India ink and watercolour brushes. All I have to do from here is sit down and apply myself to experimentation with it all again. We'll see what happens.
In other news, I've decided to try my hand at learning some Japanese. I've had a copy of a very good manga called Kana de Manga, which is the first in a series of manga designed to teach English-speaking fans of Manga and Animé how to read and write in Japanese. I've decided finally to study it, and I'm surprised at how well I'm doing with it! I've focused on hiragana for now, as it's always been so harder of the two kana for me, but I've got almost the whole alphabet memorized.
I used quad-ruled graphing paper and write each character at least 20 times, but often up to one or even two hundred times until I am comfortable writing it. Then I test myself with the ones that I've memorized so far. Before I can learn too many words and grammar, I want to be able to use the basic alphabet to write out the words; I think this approach will better enable me to read fluently. I take to studying one row of kana a day and no more for now (for example, a-i-u-e-o on the first day; then, ka-ki-ku-ke-ko the next, and so on). I've just now arrived at the r-kana, and I may end up piling the rest of them along with those because it's just wi, wo and n after that! With that I'll have the hiragana down I'll go to katakana (which I used to know well at the expense of the more widely used hiragana, stupid Lisa!).
I enjoy Kana de Manga
very much! With each page it introduces a kana, gives a word that begins with it and a little info relating to that word as well as its relevance to Japanese culture. It doesn't just teach you the characters, it tries to expand one's vocabulary and knowledge of Japanese culture! I strongly recommend this wonderful manga and I look forward to pressing on with the next in the series, Kanji de Manga 1, Kanji de Manga 2,
and so on. This series is composed like a manga, which appeals to my otaku sensitivities! It is issued by an organization called Manga University, set up to help otaku who are interested in learning how to make manga and animé themselves, in addition to learning the language, culture and even cuisine of Japan! Their website is found at www.howtodrawmanga.com/
. One can purchase these books there, though some of these great books can be had at a bookstore that sells manga (I got mine at Books-a-Million). I love this site and everything they're doing. Check it out when you can!!
Lisa Wakeland 2013.7.24