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Happy Chinese New Year! 2016 Fire Monkey by sonialeong
Happy Chinese New Year! 2016 Fire Monkey
Long time no see, everyone: I totally forgot to post up my Christmas artwork during December as I was in the middle of nowhere on the cold, windy northernmost tip of Denmark in a wooden hut by the sea with no internet XD but I will upload that later... for now, today is CHINESE NEW YEAR! And 2016 is the year of the Fire Monkey, so here is a Golden Snub-nosed Monkey girl to celebrate! Gong Hei Fat Choy, everyone! ❤ 
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A Study Of Silas by sonialeong
A Study Of Silas

'A Study Of Silas' was something I felt like painting to stretch my muscles a bit and get back into personal artwork. Painted in just over 2 hrs (I'm rubbish at speed paints), in one layer in PaintTool SAI, using my own palette and no photo references.

Silas is one of the main characters from A Brush With Magic, the first book in my series of illustrated fantasy light novels, The Chronicles Of Ciel, published with Sweatdrop Studios. He wears a black tunic in the sequel, A Spell Of Scarlet, hopefully coming out in 2017 :)

Sorry about not uploading a lot of art recently! Not only has the stuff I've been crunching on been confidential (thus I can't post it until the client says so), but I'm in the middle of getting my Cintiq Companion replaced, so I've had to go back to my old setup of Sony Vaio + Intuos3 graphics tablet, and that has slowed down my output somewhat as I have to set up computer with tablet on the dining table and clear stuff away to do so (which isn't easy when it's a busy household with a kid, and lots of friends visiting and thus needed the table for food etc.)

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Convention-ad-mcmlondon by sonialeong

I'm at this weekend's MCM Comic Con London in the Comic Village with the Sweatdrop Studios stand 3261! Please support our work, we have plenty of things to tempt you

Of course, loads of comics and books written and illustrated by yours truly, included my light novel debut 'A Brush With Magic' (which has received great reviews from NEO Magazine and elsewhere online) and its accompanying artbook 'The Colours Of Magic'. Since May, demand for these titles has blown me away, so this is another chance to pick this up!

We have also reprinted our most popular fairytale anthology, 'Telling Tales' and we're offering a special discount at this event, £1 off the cover price!
We have some beautiful new print designs at very competitive prices (they're not gonna stay this low for long!) and we will happily sign them too.

I am also offering a limited number of my well-loved sketch commissions, £10 for pencils or £20 for inks/shading on A4. If you want me specifically, GET IN THERE EARLY! Not taking pre-orders due to my high workload at the moment, so you have to grab your chance at the event!

Please come to us and say hi, AND BUY 🎶
(Please note, Saturday tickets are sold out, I strongly recommend reserving your Friday/Sunday tickets now!)

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UPCOMING EVENTS I AM ATTENDING:

London MCM Comic Con, 23-25 Oct 2015
Doki Doki Manchester Anime Festival 7 Nov 2015
Thought Bubble, Leeds, 14-15 Nov 2015
True Believers, Cheltenham, 6 Feb 2016

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OFFICIAL WEBSITE ~ W W W . F Y R E D R A K E . N E T ~ fyredrake.net/
PLEASE NOTE I'm not on dA all the time.
I ♥ your +fav // +watch, I reciprocate when I can!
If you need me urgently please email me [sonia@fyredrake.net]
You are also very welcome to follow me on...
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Twitter - twitter.com/sonia_leong
Tumblr - sonia-leong.tumblr.com/
...as I often post work in progress pictures and chat a bit more about life and my thoughts in general

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Walk The Moon - Aquaman
  • Watching: Police Interceptors
  • Playing: MHU4
  • Eating: LAMB STEW
  • Drinking: TEA
Halloween 2015 - Chronicles Of Ciel X WONDERLAND by sonialeong
Halloween 2015 - Chronicles Of Ciel X WONDERLAND

I finally finished my special Halloween piece! ENJOY 
'The Chronicles Of Ciel X WONDERLAND'

You can BUY THIS AS A PRINT A5/A4/A3 from next weekend onwards! It will be available at MCM Comic Con London!

Story:
I like drawing my characters from my original works dressed up for the Halloween season (historically, I've had the FujoFujo! girls in Dragon's Crown, and the girls from Once Upon a Time in various cosplay outfits). So this time I've drawn Rua and Silas from A Brush With Magic (the first book of my illustrated fantasy light novel series The Chronicles of Ciel') as Alice and the White Rabbit from Wonderland. If you look at the cards, I've also put Arafel as the Queen of Hearts, Véronique as Queen of Spades, the Goddess Ciel as Queen of Diamonds. My monogram is the symbol on the Queen of Clubs card at the bottom. The Ace of Spades is the arrowhead symbol of Silas's family House Heritier.

Media:
Pencilled on A4 Schoellershammer bleedproof paper
Inked with Kuretake Mangaka 01 fineliner
Coloured with Graph'It and Letraset markers 
Highlights/corrections with white Sakura Gelly Roll pen
Background digitally done

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Formula 1 sketches for CNN International feature by sonialeong
Formula 1 sketches for CNN International feature
For those of you who missed it, the piece I filmed with CNN is out online now! Check out the video and watch me sketch Manga storyboards of one of the biggest Formula 1 rivalries in history, ‘Prost vs Senna: The Battles of Suzuka’!

edition.cnn.com/videos/tv/2015…

Drawing cars is tough enough as it is, but drawing real cars in historical/documented crashes WHILST BEING FILMED (by CNN, no less) is INSANE level difficulty. 

I will post up proper scans of the actual finished sketches once CNN return them to me.
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sonialeong
Sonia Leong
Artist | Professional | Varied
United Kingdom
I'm a professional comic artist and illustrator specialising in Anime/Manga. My first graphic novel was Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (SelfMadeHero). My awards include Young Adult Library Services Association "2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers" and "Best Books for Young Adults 2008" for Romeo and Juliet ; Winner in Tokyopop's first UK Rising Stars of Manga competition (2005/06) and Winner in NEO Magazine's 2005 Manga Competition. I designed the Catgirl mascot for Wacom-Europe's Manga campaign which began in 2006. My artwork features prominently in the British movie, Popcorn (2007) and also on the set of Channel 4's popular sitcom The IT Crowd. I contributed Siren to Comic Book Tattoo: Tales inspired by Tori Amos (Image Comics). I illustrated the Manga Life series of self-help comic books (Infinite Ideas), Find True Love and Be Creative. My work also appears in Domo: The Manga (Tokyopop/Big Tent) and Bravest Warriors: The Search for Catbug (VIZ Media). I'm also known for my work in children's publishing, namely the illustrations for the I, Hero series (Hachettes) by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore, Girls FC series (Walker) by Helena Pielichaty and Ninja: First Mission (Barrington Stoke) by Chris Bradford (Author of Young Samurai series).

I am the Company Secretary of Sweatdrop Studios, a leading UK comic collaborative and independent publisher of Manga. My works with Sweatdrop include Once Upon a Time, Love Stuffing and Aya Takeo, a full-colour comic originally published online.

I've contributed to numerous instructional art books and been teaching Manga workshops since 2004, where I began by giving lectures at the Artist & Illustrators Magazine Exhibition. My UK appearances include the Guardian Hay Festival, Victoria & Albert Museum and London County Hall. I frequently represent UK creators overseas, working with the British Council. I've exhibited artwork in the Kyoto International Manga Museum, London County Hall, London Cartoon Museum, Japanese Embassy, Manchester URBIS Centre and provided product demonstrations on behalf of Copic, Letraset, Wacom and Promethean.

COMMISSIONS:
Experience:
I've been a full-time freelance illustrator since 2005. Prior to that I had several years' experience of illustration and graphic design part-time and in my former role working for an educational charity in contracts/marketing. I have over eighty (and counting!) publications across magazines, comics/graphic novels, art books and film/TV projects to my credit.

Clients and associates:
Artists & Illustrators Magazine, Asahi, Authors Abroad, Axis Publishing, Barrington Stoke, Barrons' Educational, Bournemouth Russell-Cotes Museum, British Council, Channel 4, COMiCA at the ICA, Copic, Families in Business Magazine, Garage Magazine, Guardian Hay Festival, Hachette's Childrens Books, Harper-Collins, Ilex Publishing, Image Comics, Infinite Ideas, International Manga and Anime Festival (IMAF), Japan 21, Japanese Embassy (London), Letraset, London MCM Expo, Manga Entertainment, Moshi Moshi Brighton, New Holland Publishers, NEO Magazine, Peters Bookselling, Popcorn (2007, British film), Promethean, Quarto Publishing, Rockport Publishers, SelfMadeHero/MetroMedia, Seven Stories Press, Tablestar Games LLC, Tokyopop, Victoria & Albert Museum, VideoJug, Wacom, Walker Books, Wolff-Olins

Products:
Comics/graphic novels, illustration, branding/mascots, website graphics, character design, concept art, portraits, covers, how-to-draw publications/tutorials, workshops, presentations, product demonstration

Mediums/Software:
Pencils, colour pencils (Faber Castell Polychromos), pen and ink (Pilot, Pentel, Sakura, ZIG), screentone, watercolours (Windsor & Newton), colour markers (Copic, Letraset, Deleter, Chameleon, Kuretake), Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, PaintTool SAI, OpenCanvas

Fees:
They depend very much on the subject matter, size of the project, how much time it will take, materials used and final usage/rights. Please email me for a quotation. I accept payments via paypal, UK cheques, bank transfers.
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Convention-ad-mcmlondon by sonialeong

I'm at this weekend's MCM Comic Con London in the Comic Village with the Sweatdrop Studios stand 3261! Please support our work, we have plenty of things to tempt you

Of course, loads of comics and books written and illustrated by yours truly, included my light novel debut 'A Brush With Magic' (which has received great reviews from NEO Magazine and elsewhere online) and its accompanying artbook 'The Colours Of Magic'. Since May, demand for these titles has blown me away, so this is another chance to pick this up!

We have also reprinted our most popular fairytale anthology, 'Telling Tales' and we're offering a special discount at this event, £1 off the cover price!
We have some beautiful new print designs at very competitive prices (they're not gonna stay this low for long!) and we will happily sign them too.

I am also offering a limited number of my well-loved sketch commissions, £10 for pencils or £20 for inks/shading on A4. If you want me specifically, GET IN THERE EARLY! Not taking pre-orders due to my high workload at the moment, so you have to grab your chance at the event!

Please come to us and say hi, AND BUY 🎶
(Please note, Saturday tickets are sold out, I strongly recommend reserving your Friday/Sunday tickets now!)

~~~~~~~~
UPCOMING EVENTS I AM ATTENDING:

London MCM Comic Con, 23-25 Oct 2015
Doki Doki Manchester Anime Festival 7 Nov 2015
Thought Bubble, Leeds, 14-15 Nov 2015
True Believers, Cheltenham, 6 Feb 2016

~~~~~~~~

OFFICIAL WEBSITE ~ W W W . F Y R E D R A K E . N E T ~ fyredrake.net/
PLEASE NOTE I'm not on dA all the time.
I ♥ your +fav // +watch, I reciprocate when I can!
If you need me urgently please email me [sonia@fyredrake.net]
You are also very welcome to follow me on...
Facebook - www.facebook.com/sonia.leong.m…
Twitter - twitter.com/sonia_leong
Tumblr - sonia-leong.tumblr.com/
...as I often post work in progress pictures and chat a bit more about life and my thoughts in general

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Walk The Moon - Aquaman
  • Watching: Police Interceptors
  • Playing: MHU4
  • Eating: LAMB STEW
  • Drinking: TEA

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:icontenchi8:
Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist
Hi there! Just dropped by to wish you a Merry Christmas! Merry christmas everybody
I hope all the best for you. :)
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
OMG sorry for taking ages to get back to you, my internet has been so wobbly for the past couple of months! Hope you had a great Christmas and new year too :)
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:icontenchi8:
Tenchi8 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist
Aw, thanks so much Sonia. It's ok. :)
Ah, I totally feel ya on the internet thing.
I've had my share of technical problems in the past
before as well. These things happens. ^^
Christmas and New Year had been a bit rocky for me,
but I pressed in as strong as ever. It was as good as it gets.
But I'm determine to make this year be even better than the last.
I can only hope so. :)
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:iconshevren:
Shevren Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
You're amazing mangaka! I bought your book about drawing manga and it is awesome! I like you so much <3
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:iconthe-nai:
The-Nai Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Congratulations on making such a wonderful set of art books. I look forward to seeing your career continue to grow!
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconazwen:
Azwen Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I bought your book, and it has been so helpful! I'm so glad I found you on deviant, I just love your art ^^
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you! :3
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:iconcandaceleeparks:
candaceleeparks Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just bought your book...excited to see what all I can learn <3
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Ah, thank you so much! I really hope it is useful!
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:iconcandaceleeparks:
candaceleeparks Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it is. I finally got my first Manga-ish looking results lol...I had to use your "front face" guide to help me out, but I hope I will not need to rely on reference soon :) The shading tips and everything were very useful. I just stink at being able to translate what's in my mind to paper (or digital canvas)...and hair...I stink at hair XD
Manga Boy Practice by candaceleeparks
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AlphaDeltaZeta Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist
Hi Sonia.

I came to your drawing workshop and spoke with you at your stand at the Kitacon event. I have confidence in my drawing abilities but I still learned a lot of techniques thanks to you.

Not only are you a talented artist but I think you're a wonderful person as well. I do get nervous when talking to new people and in social situations but I felt relaxed talking to you. Meeting you and your workshops was definitely my highlight of the event.

I hope you had a good time too. I'll be sure to support you and your works in anyway that I can.

Have a good evening and a great rest of the week. =)
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
Aw, bless you! Thank you so much ❤
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TheCrimsongeorgia Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist
Hello Sonia!  Just wanted to say your art is outstandingly awesome and you are very talented. 
My parents got me your 'Draw Manga' book for Christmas last year and it has helped me out a lot in my drawing and I want to say thank you for the helpfulness you and your book provided. :)

Stay awesome Sonia! :D
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you so much for being so kind :) I'm really glad that you are finding my book useful! 
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