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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 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
  • Listening to: Oingo Boingo
  • Reading: /Kana de Manga/
  • Watching: City Hunter
  • Playing: Phantasy Star II - Mega Drive
  • Eating: hash browns of poverty
  • Drinking: coffee at night & I don't care


Lokakuu is October in Finnish / Lokakuu est octobre en finnois
Artist | Student | Traditional Art
United States
I'm Lisa, I'm 26 years old, and I'm new to DeviantArt. I am majoring both in Painting and Drawing and in French, and I would love to have a career in illustration.

My preferred style of illustration is the Japanese manga and animé. I'm currently studying the works produced during what many call the Golden Age of Animé, because I want to improve my technique.

I drew for 2 years with pencil before I started using ink.


Je m'appelle Lisa, j'ai 26 ans, et je viens de faire un profil à DevianArt. Je me spécialise en français et aux beaux arts. Je voudrais avoir une carrière en illustration. (J'étudie le français depuis deux ans, donc je ne le parle pas très bien, mais je me débrouille!)

Je préfère le style d'illustration dans les dessins animés et les mangas. J'étudie un peu les oeuvres réalisées au cours de l'âge d'or du dessin animé, parce que je veux améliorer ma technique.

J'ai dessiné avec les crayons pendant 2 ans avant ce que j'ai commencé à utiliser l'encre.

Current Residence: Mississippi, United States
Favourite genre of music: Prog Rock, Rock, Metal, Electronic Rock, Dance, Synth Pop
Favourite style of art: Animé, Manga, Comic, Pop Art, 2-d Design, Sculpture
Personal Quote: "We must use Time as a tool, not as a crutch." - John F. Kennedy


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robo-whiskers Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016   Digital Artist
You have an absolutely gorgeous art style! It is very reminiscent of old-school anime and manga.
Miakafr Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Thank you so much for the favs :D
L-Lokakuu Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome. Your art is very nice. :)
Nebula666 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
thanks for the fav! =D
L-Lokakuu Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
Rijio Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Late to say thank you for the fav! But I've been offline and I just came back from a long hiatus, and hopefully you will like my upcoming stuff aswell!
Thanks for your support :)
Rinhajay Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Have a good day! :heart:
L-Lokakuu Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!! I've been away from here for a long time, so I've only just received this. I'm touched, though. :)
Rinhajay Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha Your welcome!
isolella Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for Saori Fav'. I've put it on line 10 minutes ago !!!
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