Struggling with manga art? Sonia Leong has the answers

Manga artist; a mermaid drawn in the manga style
(Image credit: Illustrations by Sonia Leong)

Manga artists make it all look so easy. The manga art style looks effortless but most of us have asked the question, 'how do I draw manga?' at some point. It's a style of art that most artists have been inspired by in some form, whether it's the stylised character design, subtle colouring or sense of motion. Even if you're not a huge fan of manga and anime, there are skills and approaches that every artist can learn from in manga art.

One of the leading manga artists is Sonia Leong, who has a number of books to her name from manga to teaching books where she reveals some of the core techniques used in her art. You can read her tutorial 'How to create an authentic manga comic strip' for inspiration. The artist's latest book, The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Drawing Manga, is published on 27th April (Ilex Press, £16.99).

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.