I believe the two forms of to draw are 描{か}く and 描{えが}き. What are the differences between them? Which one is used more commonly?

  • Do you mean 描【えが】く?
    – jarmanso7
    Commented Oct 28, 2019 at 6:16
  • @jarmanso7 I meant the 描{か}く form listed on Jisho.
    – greg
    Commented Oct 28, 2019 at 6:38
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    I mean 描【えが】く instead of 描【えが】き
    – jarmanso7
    Commented Oct 28, 2019 at 6:49
  • I see now. I did not, but curious about the difference between those.
    – greg
    Commented Oct 28, 2019 at 7:39
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    かく and えがく can both be written 描く. えがき is a conjugation of えがく.
    – Leebo
    Commented Oct 28, 2019 at 22:12

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Please, take a look at this related discussion in reddit, in particular to the following passage:

[...] As for the pronunciations of 描くI believe they are fairly interchangeable, but えがく is used more for artistic sketching or 'picturing' and かく for drawing diagrams.

  • Good find, I'll commit to knowing this distinction.
    – greg
    Commented Nov 7, 2019 at 22:47

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