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: High Fantasy

The Manga universe wouldn’t be complete without some fantasy series. Well-loved in prose fiction, plays and now various films, we all enjoy tales of epic adventure, chivalry and magic. It is a huge genre to cover however, so I’m going to start off with some pointers on designing ‘High Fantasy’ characters. Much of this sort […]

Manga Character Design: Magical Girl

Today, we are going to talk about that bastion of anime and manga, the iconic and well-loved flagship of Japanese cuteness and ‘moe’ sensibilities… the Magical Girl. It forms a huge part of many ‘Shoujo’ stories and can happen across different settings and time periods as a form of escapism and empowerment of a lead […]

Manga Character Design: Japanese Street Fashion II

Welcome to part two of this tutorial on Japanese street fashion will cover Mori, Bosozuku and Decora styles! Mori literally means ‘forest’, so mori girls are very influenced by that environment when it comes to colours, motifs, textures and general appearance. The overall feel of a mori outfit should be that of Nature: think woodsy, […]

Manga Character Design: Japanese Street Fashion I

Many fans of Manga are drawn in by the street fashions of Japan’s youth; the trendsetters for East Asia’s teenagers for decades. They are internationally known for looking over-the-top or extreme. Whilst the various styles are all very different from each other in appearance, one thing in common is that they are pursued to perfection […]

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 […]