Sonia Leong, Manga Artist,



Sonia Leong

Cambridge, United Kingdom

7th May




Watson Little (Literary works)
Authors Abroad (School visits)

Fashion, savoury things, videogames

Long walks, ice skating, insincerity

Never reason away your vision


I'm a comic book artist 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 contributed Siren to the Eisner Award-winning Comic Book Tattoo: Tales inspired by Tori Amos (Image Comics) as well as adaptations of Reginald by Saki for the Graphic Canon and Justice Bao for the Graphic Canon of Crime and Mystery (Seven Stories Press). I illustrated Marie Curie: A Graphic History of the World's Most Famous Female Scientist (B.E.S. Publishing) and the Manga Life series of self-help comic books (Infinite Ideas), Find True Love and Be Creative. My work appears in Domo: The Manga (Tokyopop/Big Tent), Bravest Warriors: The Search for Catbug (VIZ Media), Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived (BBC Books) and Doctor Who: Adventures in Lockdown (BBC Books). I illustrate covers for Titan Comics, most notably for Assassin's Creed and Norman. I also work in children's publishing, illustrating 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 (Young Samurai series). I sometimes work in other fields such as design, film/tv, fashion and advertising, featuring in Wacom-Europe's Manga campaign, the British movie Popcorn (2007), news features for BBC and CNN International, Channel 4's The IT Crowd and Flowers, Toyota promotional campaigns, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi SS20 collection and Marie Claire Runway.

I am the Company Secretary of Sweatdrop Studios, a UK comic collaborative and independent publisher. My works with Sweatdrop include Once Upon a Time, Love Stuffing, Aya Takeo and A Brush With Magic, as well as chapters in the anthologies Sugardrops, Pink Is For Girls, Drop Dead Monstrous, Talking To Strangers and Telling Tales.

I've authored numerous instructional art books such as Illustration Studio: Drawing Manga Heroes and Heroines, Illustration Studio: Beginning Manga (both with Walter Foster), Manga Your World, Draw Manga: Complete Skills (both with Search Press) and 101 Top Tips from Professional Manga Artists (Barrons). I've been teaching Manga workshops since 2004, beginning with lectures at the Artist and Illustrators Magazine Exhibition. Since then, I've spoken at the Hay Festival, Latitude Festival, the British Museum, the British Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum and London County Hall, along with many comic convention appearances around the world. 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 Chameleon, 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.

Past Clients and Associates:
Artists and Illustrators Magazine, Asahi, Authors Abroad, Axis Publishing, Barrington Stoke, Barrons' Educational, BBC, BBC Books, B.E.S. Publishing, Bournemouth Russell-Cotes Museum, British Council, Chameleon AP, Channel 4, CNN International, COMiCA at the ICA, Copic, Families in Business Magazine, Garage Magazine, 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 Film and Comic Con, Manga Entertainment, Marie Claire, MCM Comic Con / Reedpop, Moshi Moshi Brighton, New Holland Publishers, NEO Magazine, Peters Bookselling, Popcorn (2007, British film), Preen, Promethean, Quarto Publishing, Rockport Publishers, Search Press, Self Made Hero / MetroMedia, Seven Stories Press, Tablestar Games LLC, Tatsu Ramen, Titan Comics, Tokyopop, Topshop, Toyota, Victoria and Albert Museum, VideoJug, VIZ Media, Wacom, Walker Books, Walter Foster, 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, coloured pencils, pen and ink, screentone, watercolours, felt tip markers (Copic, Letraset, Deleter, Chameleon, Kuretake), Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Illustrator CS5, PaintTool SAI

images/website copyright Sonia Leong 2003-2021 unless otherwise stated