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About Varied / Professional Sonia Leong36/Female/United Kingdom Group :iconsweatdropstudios: SweatdropStudios
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K-POP CHRISTMAS by sonialeong K-POP CHRISTMAS :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 15 1 Washimi Aggretsuko Aggressive Retsuko fan art by sonialeong Washimi Aggretsuko Aggressive Retsuko fan art :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 257 7 Inktober 2017 Day 3 Poison Romeo and Juliet by sonialeong Inktober 2017 Day 3 Poison Romeo and Juliet :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 21 6 Five elements of magic by sonialeong Five elements of magic :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 29 5 Goodbye Missy Hello Thirteen by sonialeong Goodbye Missy Hello Thirteen :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 127 8 Assassin's Creed: Awakening Manga cover variant by sonialeong Assassin's Creed: Awakening Manga cover variant :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 32 8 Beginning Manga cover girl by sonialeong Beginning Manga cover girl :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 26 14 Chibi Rua! by sonialeong Chibi Rua! :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 49 22 Happy Valentines Day cheesecake by sonialeong Happy Valentines Day cheesecake :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 22 17 Happy Chinese New Year - Fire Rooster by sonialeong Happy Chinese New Year - Fire Rooster :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 20 8 Do It Yourself Christmas Decorations! by sonialeong Do It Yourself Christmas Decorations! :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 13 1 Manga Christmas decorations by sonialeong Manga Christmas decorations :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 13 3 Assassin's Creed: Awakening Manga variant cover by sonialeong Assassin's Creed: Awakening Manga variant cover :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 32 18 Official Toyota GT86 Initial D Homage promo art by sonialeong Official Toyota GT86 Initial D Homage promo art :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 16 5 Orion of Project Autumn, Comic Village Celebration by sonialeong Orion of Project Autumn, Comic Village Celebration :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 18 7 The Further Adventures of Apollonia by sonialeong The Further Adventures of Apollonia :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 12 3




Hope you all have a Merry Christmas this year! Sorry I have been away for a while, had to deal with a lot of awful stuff this year... but I wrapped up a bunch of things so I made something utterly mad... So here is Silas (wishing you a Merry Christmas by magicking up some Northern Light-style illuminations) and Rua (looking hella gangster) from my fantasy series Chronicles of Ciel, but dressed up as K-POP stars, in homage to the amazing KDA Pop/Stars from League of Legends that came out recently. Love that song and the visuals so much! I'm classing this as original because they are my characters, just in cosplay XD


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.

Sonia Leong 2016 Events! by sonialeong

I’ve made a handy list of all the public events I’m attending so far! Tell your friends and family and everyone in the UK in case I'm heading their way!

Here it is again but with URLs for you to click on and follow if needed:

Birmingham Comics Festival, 23 Apr 2016

Oxford Shakespeare, Story Museum, 30 Apr 2016…

London MCM Comic Con, 27-29 May 2016

Comic Con Leicester, 4-5 Jun 2016

London Anime Gaming Con, 2-3 Jul 2016…

Shrewsbury Int Comic Art Fest, 15-17 Jul 2016…

Manchester MCM Comic Con, 30-31 Jul 2016…

Preston Comic Con, 6 Aug 2016

Cardiff Anime Gaming Con, 20-21 Aug 2016

Melksham Comic Con, 27-28 Aug 2016

(Obviously, I do not advertise any private bookings I have with a school etc, so please don’t freak out if you think I’m coming to your event and it’s not here!)


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  • Listening to: Comanche - In This Moment
  • Watching: The One Show
  • Playing: MHU4
  • Eating: CURRY❤ (Lamb Jalfrezi)
  • Drinking: Sparkling water


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AlphaDeltaZeta Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy New Year Sonia. =)
TheSaphireFoxx Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hiya there! I have your guide to drawing Manga, and it's so helpful! Thank you!
sonialeong Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
You're welcome, I'm so glad that my book is helpful ❤
Tenchi8 Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there! Just thought I drop by to wish you a happy mother's day. :)
Frahbulous Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday and thank you for helping me draw!
GFORCELEVEL1988 Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
Hi, Happy Birthday and Hope you have a nice day as well :hug:
Pokechu12 Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday! ^^ 
Hakanlover Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Student General Artist
happy birthday!!
(coincidentally, its my birthday today as well!)
WinxLover01 Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
Happy birthday!!
samosvulter Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
Misc Emoji-04 (Happy Birthday) [V1] and BEST wishes~~Happy DeviantART Birthday birthday cake 
I hope you'll have a good time celebrating it~Emoji06 
Tenchi8 Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! Birthday cake  icon
Hope you have a great day! All the best. :)
teturo Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
A Very Happy Birthday to you:iconcakelickplz:
SeanMaguire1991 Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
Happy Birthday!!!
Hope you have a fantastic day and get lots of cake!
soniamanga Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
Happy birthday!
S3rb4n Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday!
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