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Rogue Marker Sketch Commission by sonialeong
Rogue Marker Sketch Commission
Ahaha, look what I found! Was delving in my archives today looking for stuff to use as gallery examples for another teaching book I'm writing, when I came across this! A marker commission of Rogue, drawn last November ^^ I quite like it 
Drunk as a Fox by sonialeong
Drunk as a Fox
The finished version of this sketch

I just love this picture so much - it's just so... THEM. Silas gives Rua a piggy back up to their room when he drinks her under the table in a contest that SHE initiated, to save him from being cornered by some single ladies in the pub...

Just tweaking the tones of the last few images in the final PDF before SENDING IT TO THE PRINTERS!!!

Yes, the final book is 224 pages, a 50k+ fantasy fiction novel with 70+ black/white manga illustrations and will be published next month, launching a the London MCM Comic Con!

Please buy 'A Brush With Magic' for UKGBP £6.99 from the Sweatdrop Studios stand, 3233 in the Comic Village from Friday 22 May - Sunday 24 May 2015

You can also pick up the accompanying FULL COLOUR 44pg A4 ARTBOOK 'The Colours of Magic' at the same time!

Both books will be available to purchase from the Sweatdrop Studios online store shortly afterwards,
Final character design for Silas L'Heritier by sonialeong
Final character design for Silas L'Heritier
Just a nice, clean reference of the final design / turnaround for one of my OC's, Silas L'Heritier from 'A Brush With Magic' my fully illustrated fantasy novel that is being published this May 2015 and will be launched at the London MCM Comic Con. This artwork will be part of the full colour artbook that accompanies the novel, 'The Colours of Magic', also out in May. Both will be available to purchase from the Sweatdrop Studios stand in the Comic Village, then from the Sweatdrop Studios online shop afterwards ( we take cards and paypal, and ship internationally!)
Silas mini digital watercolour study by sonialeong
Silas mini digital watercolour study
I think I've finally figured out watercolours on PaintTool SAI XD took me long enough!

Anyway, a mini image to be added to my UPCOMING FULL COLOUR ARTBOOK ZOMG 'The Colours of Magic', to accompany the release of my fully illustrated fantasy novel 'A Brush With Magic'!
Both will be launched at this May 2015 London MCM Comic Con Expo, but will be available to buy online shortly afterwards from the Sweatdrop Studios online store, we take paypal, credit cards and ship internationally!

Catch up on all my WIPs and the news about it by checking out my Tumblr posts tagged 'brushmagic'…
MANTICORE! RUN!!! by sonialeong
Well this one took a while XD Silas mucks up a spell and they end up getting chased by a manticore.

This is the opening scene from the second arc of 'A Brush With Magic', my fantasy light novel which I am fully illustrating. It's SOOO CLOSE TO BEING COMPLETED!!! I hope to have it out in time for London MCM  Comic Con this May, otherwise it will be done by this summer. Be sure to head to my tumblr tagged #brushmagic to see all the recent posts about it in one place!…

Pencilled and inked by hand, screen tone added digitally.


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.

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

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

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

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.

I will be going to this weekend's MCM Expo London Comic Con!

Attending MCM Expo London Comic Con this weekend! by sonialeong

On Friday I will be at the Toyota stand, promoting the new comic I made for their 2014 Aygo car…ic-con#.VEeWh_lRP3A

And I will also be giving some art demonstrations and talks at the NEO Magazine stand on Saturday 4.30pm and Sunday 12.15pm and 3pm as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations!

At all other times, I will at the Sweatdrop Studios stand 572, smack dab in the middle of the Comic Village. I bring you LOTS OF NEW PRINT DESIGNS (Check out the super gory Rua dripping with blood!) and a reprint of my most popular Cyborg Butterfly design ^^

I will be offering my usual Event Sketches!  They can be portraits, fan art, original characters, so long as I like the request! COST is £10-£20 for A4 in either pencils, inks or full colour and can take around 30mins - 60mins depending on how busy the event is and whether I get interrupted a lot! If you want this sort of sketch from me you better come by my table early as the slots sell out FAST.


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Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist
Hi Sonia. It's a real honor to meet you here on DA! I was recently reading a book that you published called "The complete guide to drawing manga" Great guide book. And congratulations on all of your achievements. I was really excited to have read about all the great productions you've done as a professional artist and find this to be very encouraging and inspirational. I'm currently striving and have been at the wood works at a snails pace for years, but meeting many wonderful and talented artist here from all over the world on Deviant Art has greatly helped in maintaining staying power. Without you great artist, I probably would have given up as an artist a long time ago. But here I am, pushing forward as strong as ever. I know I have a long ways to go, but I feel confident enough that I'll get there eventually. Till then, I'm practicing whenever I can. ^^

I have this cool gift for interpretation that I discovered back when I first joined DA in mid commentary. I can read art like a driver can read a stop sign. XD It's allot of fun and I have been sharing feedback to fellow artist ever since. Sharing interpretations enables me to reach out and connect with fellow artist on a deeper level. I not only learn from the artist's unique inner worlds, but I also learn much about myself in the way that I react to the media of art work. It's a really cool experience for me. I'd be happy to share an interpretation of one of your works. :)
sonialeong Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you so much for being so kind. I think that art and interpretation go hand in hand, and a good character design should really have many message within, whether it's colours or the practicality of the outfit suiting that character. 
Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist
Your very welcome.
Yes indeed. Nod 
AND2015footfetish Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Do u draw these or do u have amazing taste? :)
TheDangerousArtist Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student General Artist
I came to let you know that I have read your how to draw books and I love them..Thanks for such wonderful advice!
sonialeong Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Awwww thank you so much :D
JameyoftheMegacosmos Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Hey there!

I noticed how much you love magical girls! Which ones do you know?

I also really love them! In fact, I'm writing my own series!
sonialeong Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
I know quite a lot of Magical girl series, but my favourite is still Cardcaptor Sakura :)
JameyoftheMegacosmos Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Heh, nice to hear. If you want to, you can check out my own magical girl series in my deviant group. It's in my signature below.
Hordelung Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student Artist
It seems we got off to a bad start last time, I want to apologies for that. Anyway, I have written a manga and am loking for an artist as I am unable to draw it myself. 
Hordelung Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Artist
How much does it cost to produce per manga/comic page?
sonialeong Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes. But for a whole book, I may change my page rate to reflect circumstances such as high royalties.
Hordelung Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Student Artist
How much are we talking here?
sonialeong Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
e.g. 200 pg book, I may discount my rate by about 10-50% or so if I'm paid upfront an advance on royalties of a few thousand £. But like I said, it changes a lot depending on the size and scale of the project, who I am working with, every one is different!

Is this helpful for you? Are you trying to figure out how much to charge someone? Or are you trying to hire me? You are being a bit abrupt.
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sonialeong Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
I normally charge anywhere from £50 to £300 depending on the style, finish, deadline and number of pages :)
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