Mnemonic Draw Thread

This was suggested by @konekush in the “What is a durtle” thread a while ago, I think it can be fun and useful:

A thread for people to request and post mnemonic drawings!

  • I hope more artists will draw here too, skill level doesn’t matter!
  • Feel free to request WaniKani mnemonics or your own mnemonics. Or if you’re drawing, feel free to modify or abandon mnemonics that aren’t suited for drawing.
  • And don’t hesitate to post your drawing if it’s already been drawn, it’s fun to see different takes on an idea!
  • We’re all different WaniKani levels but I don’t think it matters too much, as we can look up items of any level.
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Here’s one I modified to make more sense to me. The radical Axe:
axe

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And I prepared a few kanji mnemonic comics! It helped to use the WaniKani color coding on these, blue for radicals and pink for kanji.





mnemonics-poison

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That is excellent. But it’s going to be difficult for higher-level radicals…

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Hey, that middle one is level 55! Don’t go confusing me like that

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Yeah, I looked at the higher levels and found one I knew the radicals for :stuck_out_tongue:

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Thanks! Do you mean they’re difficult because they’re based on other high level kanji and radicals? The mnemonic is meant for people at that level, so I guess the drawing would also be meant for people at that level, without having to explain each radical.

Edit: Ah, sorry, you were replying to the axe picture! Yeah, most radicals can’t be drawn like that.

An “axe” is something physical that you can draw. If a radical’s name is somewhat abstract, and if it has many strokes, like https://www.wanikani.com/radicals/righteousness , it’s probably going to be a tad more intricate. But I’m sure it can be done, just not as straightforward as an axe hitting a tree.

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Yeah, I know :\ Very few things look like what they mean

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And here’s a drawing request! The mnemonic for Western Style 洋, with a sheep riding a tsunami :stuck_out_tongue:

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Thanks for separating the comics into 3 different strips. I was reading all of them at once and wondered why the story was so incomprehensible :rofl:

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Ah, sorry x) Tried separating them more now, with the kanjis between

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Here’s a kanji mnemonic drawing not in comic form :slight_smile:
mnemonics-buddy

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This is awesome, thanks :smiley:

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I wish the wanikani team would comission you to do all the kanji and radical mnemonics! These are too good !

I leave a challenge to you: one for 履 might be kind of hard!

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Thanks, glad you like them! :stuck_out_tongue:
And here’s the boots mnemonic! Instead of a flag loiter (what even is that), I used an alien loitering by a flag… And then the part about the reeds (り) didn’t work, so I used ripped apart and R.I.P. instead.

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You deserve the scorn of Aya! :angryaya:

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The reeds weren’t working for me too so I also did my own mnemonic on this one. But now it has been replaced by this comic!

@plantron s-sorry Aya!

Sorry Koichi too, I guess :laughing:

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Trying to draw a bird that looks like the bird kanji, with a long beak following two of the lines…
On the white 白 bird, the line on the face is visible, not so on the black crow.

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Oh wow this is very helpful. Those similar kanji can really benefit from this kind of drawing.

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