About Sonia Leong

Sonia Leong is a professional illustrator specialising in Anime and Manga. She first rose to fame with the 2005 Tokyopop Rising Stars of Manga (UK & Ireland) competition. Since then her popular Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (SelfMadeHero) has had numerous global editions.Her work appears in DOMO: The Manga (Tokyopop), Comic Book Tattoo (Image) and the I, Hero series (Hachettes). She has worked for Walker, Barrington Stoke, Ilex and Quarto amongst many other publishers on various children's books and instructional art books. She's geekily proud of her art being part of the set of British TV sitcom, The I.T. Crowd (Channel 4). She is the company secretary of Sweatdrop Studios. She loves clothes, singing, food and weaponry! For more about Sonia, visit her website, http://fyredrake.net/

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Manga Character Design: Feudal Japan

In this first installment of Manga character design, we’re going to take a look at the most traditional (and arguably, the most popular) of themes: Feudal Japan, roughly 1200-1600AD. This is the time when Shoguns ruled the lands and merchants would ply their trade to the samurai families. Possibly the most well-known was the Edo […]

Drawing Mythological Creatures in Manga

Manga gives you lots of room to play around with all sorts of interesting characters. Fantasy and mythology is a frequent source of inspiration for artists so let’s have a look at how to draw amazing creatures of fairytales and legends. Classical works of mythology, both in literature and art, provide a great reference for […]

Drawing Animals in Manga

Although Manga has storylines which primarily focus on humans and their relationships, animals often play strong supporting roles as pets, mounts, companions and even main characters in their own right. And it’s no good if your human artwork looks good but your animals aren’t up to scratch! The problem that the Manga artist faces is […]

Drawing Weapons in Manga

Drawing impressive weapons can feel impossible for beginners and seeing amazing designs in manga and videogames can sometimes even make the inexperienced despair at the thought… but don’t be intimidated! Treat them like any other object: break them down into some basic shapes to get the feel of them right; use guidelines to make sure […]

Drawing shoes in Manga

Many beginner artists are baffled by shoes and rightly so – they come in so many shapes and styles, but when we deal with people on a day-to-day basis, they’re not in our faces enough to be strongly absorbed into our knowledge. And they also require good knowledge of something else which is notoriously problematic, […]

Drawing Clothing Folds in Manga

Folds can be quite challenging to the beginner – we all know they are there, but it can be so difficult to draw them hanging in a realistic manner. Clothing and fabric is quite fluid, so folds will change completely depending on where they are occuring on the body, and how the body parts move […]

Manga clothing and covering the body

Once you have learnt the basics of how to draw Manga characters bodies and anatomy, you can start dressing them effectively and realistically. Many artists try to jump into the deep end by trying to tackle both at once, but it is vitally important to visualise the body without clothes before dressing it! If you […]

Interaction in Manga

Finally, we get to the nitty gritty of drawing Manga – interaction. Because good Manga have meaningful character relationships. And that means drawing characters not just on their own, but together. Whether it’s just two people talking to each other in the same frame of a comic, or a large splash illustration of a close […]