Let’s do manga today! I’m too fine today. Today’s topic is Onomatopoeia. Sound effects.
Kakimoji in Japanese. We’ll do hooow to draaaaw Kakimoji. Kaki means “to write”. – “To draw” is more suitable perhaps. Moji means…. -“Letter”.
-Yeah. So Kakimoji means “drawn letters”. Also there’s some professional manga artists who feel weak at Kakimoji. But as Manga Senpai saying this always… THERE’S PERSPECTIVE ON KAKIMOJI. What does the “perspective” mean? I know this spelling is wrong. I’m Manga Senpai represents free spelling. Perspective means the way of showing how far or how near the objects are on a plain graphic in English. Like One-point perspective. I believe. And I know it sounds confusing… But there’s a different meaning in Japanese manga terms. When a manga artist says “Please draw a perspective” What they imagine is, 消失点
…How do you say it? What they imagine is things like this. The direction of a plain shown by perspectives. And there’s a course on Kakimoji. In my opinion. To draw good Kakimoji, you draw it along 2 courses. For example, ドカッ(Doka) You make the line of letters… to a particular course. And then… This another course.
In this example, there’s 2 courses here, And vertical and horizontal lines are along with the courses, so this Kakimoji seem better. However, this Japanese letter ド(Do) is, the actual letter is like this.
The direction of the line is different. But if you draw this like the actual letter, like this, then the line conflicts with the course. It doesn’t look nice. And the sound effect has less power. So it’s okay to draw this upwards. Like this, to draw letters along courses is more important to draw nice Kakimoji. It can be applied not only ド, but all letters. Furthermore, these courses of letters are better to be along with picture courses… What am I saying? Better to be along with courses of the whole picture. For example, a punch from back to front. So there’s already a course, or a perspective like this. There’s a course like this, draw a sound effect along the course. Can you see the course? So I draw the letter ド along the course. That’s the example of a sound effect along with the perspective of the picture. Here, there’s a course like this, so I draw like this. Mind where the courses and draw letters along the courses. The 2 courses. It will makes good Kakimoji. this line and these should be aligned. This course and this course. Drawing letters along 2 kinds of courses will make nicely fitted Kakimoji. Fitted… Fitted to the picture… Fitting. -What is that?
-Dunno. So, something like that. Just keep in mind of the courses. It will be applied to everything. More examples… ゴッ(Go) and バキッ(Baki). Here is a course. And the another course. 2 courses. So A line letters like this バ is difficult. The very difficult Kakimoji I’ve ever met is, リーンゴーン(Rin-gon). -What the sound is that?
-A bell. Church bell or something. So if you try to draw リーンゴーン along certain lines… Riso-goso?
Son-son? Since Japanese letters リ, ソ, ン are so similar so if you shapes slightly wrong, they will be unreadable. This is リ(Ri). This is ソ(So). And this is ン(n). We can’t read it. This… These all seem ソ(So). It’s possible. But these are different letters. リ, ソ, ン. So Kakimoji with リソン is so difficult. ピッ(Pi) is easy. Easy to draw along the courses. ン is difficult. Like ドン(Don). We saw this before. So test some shapes which are readable as ン(n)… Well it wasn’t a good advise… It’s OK, these are what Japanese manga artists should deal with. Based on this method of Kakimoji, I want to think about Kakimoji with alphabets. I believe same idea will be applied. How do you say バキッ(Baki) in English? -What…? Well, we assume to draw Baki. In Japanese… Like… sounds like that. So, mind the courses. The idea is applied to all kinds of letters. The idea is common to all kinds of letters. So how we decide the courses? Wow, K is a difficult one… So mind the courses, and you will get very nice Kakimoji. I didn’t like the KI… This pattern is also possible. There’s no correct answer… And another pattern… Can you see the 2 courses? Draw letters along almost 2 courses. Good. I want to show more examples… Let’s draw BANG! The sound of something explodes… Like this… Here’s a course. Draw along the courses… Like this. Change the shape of letters a bit, This course, and this vertical course. So the 2 courses. The point is to draw vertical lines of letters in nearly same angles. If you draw like this… well, it doesn’t seem so wrong… It seem good because the line of new B is along this new course. So if letters on a certain course, it seems nice. I’ll change A along the new one… Anyway, the important point is to draw letters along certain courses. It’s OK. If I tell you more, you can draw only outline of letters to draw Kakimoji… This white sound effects give lighter feeling compared with black one. Anyway, see the balance between the main picture and decide how you draw Kakimoji.. Like when you have darker main picture, white Kakimoji would be better. Check your favorite artist’s works. I’m getting tired a bit. What I referred to is Kakimoji in Dragon Ball. By Toriyama Akira. He is a super saiyan manga artist. He draws Kakimoji with just an ordinary felt-tip pen. Like this. It is the origin of my Kakimoji. So it’s good to refer, and… it’s interesting but adult rated manga have so plenty of Kakimoji. As it is a Kakimoji festival. So, matured audience older than 18 years old… Is it 18 years old in foreign countries? Well, it’s depends on countries. So who can see matured contents, maybe such contents might be a good reference. There’s many patterns of drawing Kakimoji. Check you favorite one. Something like that. Well, why the heck I’ve ended today’s lesson with recommending matured contents… Too novel, isn’t it? It’s OK. Manga artists should absorb techniques from anything. Be greed. Or I recommended previously… Fude-pen. Japanese brush pen. You press brush pen hard to paper, and you’ll get scratchy strokes. Frequently used in BLEACH by Kubo Taito. -It spells L…
-I got it… You can check it on BLEACH. Do some research! Something like that for today! See ya! Drawing Kakimoji took my energy… しおしお…
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