NOWAKI / ATELIER DRAWAKI
FRANCE

Nowaki is a mangaka, who also owns her own drawing workshop where she teaches manga art. What’s better than a teacher who always cares about the future generation to give you some tips? ♥

Describe your world and your work in a few words!

I mainly draw manga, I like androgynous characters, creating fantastic characters. My universe is mainly cute in its visual design but with serious stories and messages that I deeply care about.

When did you know that you wanted to make drawing your vocation and what was your background? 

I have always drawn, my first little comics date back to when I was 5 or 6 years old. As a teenager, I shared my drawings on a blog, I always drew a lot but it remained a hobby. I didn’t want to make a living out of it, so I started by studying science. I changed direction and went to the Haute école Albert Jacquard in Belgium, where I got my degree in computer graphics, specializing in illustration and 2D animation.

You are part of the Atelier Drawaki. Can you tell us more about it?

Atelier Drawaki was founded in May 2019, by Pauline, aka Ka Dracis, comic book author, and myself. We give group drawing classes on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons and private classes on other days. We also intervene in school structures, libraries, leisure centers.

Your courses seem to be very diversified and all related to Japanese culture. Which courses are particularly popular and how do you register?

Our courses are by the hour, there is no subscription, but there is the possibility of taking an annual card allowing to benefit from reductions on all the activities. The manga workshops, which take place during the vacations, are very popular!

Between the classes, your manga, illustrations and orders, … How can we imagine a day at your place?

The days when there are no classes, I stay at home where I take care of the design of the goodies sold at the workshop, of the drawing orders, of the organization of future activities… The rest of the time, I go to the workshop where I give classes with Pauline.  

What was your biggest challenge?

Giving up my scientific studies to go into art.

What was your greatest achievement?

Getting my degree and self-publishing my first manga despite my many health problems.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into illustration?

Not to get demotivated! It is possible to make a living out of it but it is a difficult job where you don’t have to count your hours.

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L’Auberge des Sinistres – Halfway between shonen and seinen, L’Auberge des Sinistres tells the adventures of a young ghost hunter and her encounters with the folkloric creatures that populate our legends. The next volume is in the work and should be released at the beginning of 2022!


Do you want to learn how to draw manga? Nowaki and Pauline welcome you at Atelier Drawaki, a unique place for aspiring artists in the French Vendée!