1. Manga Mondays ~ Shen Ying-jieh

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    Shen Ying-jieh, better known by the pseudonym Akru, is a Taiwanese manhua artist. Her first comic Wings of Kopule was awarded the first place prize in Best Comic Storyline by the Government Information Office of the Executive Yuan.

    Akru majored in Anthropology, preceded by a postgraduate Design course at Shi Jian University. While still a student she came across historical records detailing the arrival of missionaries and explorers in Taiwan. Discovering that 19th-century Taiwan was vastly different from what she had previously imagined.

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  2. Manga Mondays ~ Kim Ettinoff

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    Kim Ettinoff is a French illustrator based in Lille, France. He currently works for video games developers and interactive entertainment company Ankama as a visual development artist and art director.

    Ettinoff studied at Animation, Interactive Technology, and Video Graphics at ESAAT Roubaix. He graduated in 2005 and by the following year he had joined Ankama working as a character designer and animator. He has worked on the popular MMORPG games WAKFU and DOFUS.

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  3. Manga Mondays ~ Prema Jatukanyaprateep

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    Prema Jatukanyaprateep, known by the pen name Prema-ja, is a Thai comic book artist and animator. Her most notable work is the manga, Bokbig, published by the Cartoonthai Institute. It was awarded the 2013 International Manga Award’s Gold Award. Topping 256 entries from 53 countries.

    Prema-ja studied decorative art at Silpakorn University in Bangkok. It was during her studies at Silpakorn that the idea for Bokbig grew. The Cartoonthai Institute saw the drawings in an exhibition and asked if she could turn it into a full comic. Planning to study animation in France, she had little free time to complete the comic.

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  4. Manga Mondays ~ Su

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    Su, also known as rogner5th is a character designer and concept artist based in Beijing, China. She has worked on acclaimed Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game Neverwinter, which you can see here.

    Stunning details and an astute use of colour. Many of Su’s paintings are reminiscent of The Golden Age of Illustration, in particular, artist N. C. Wyeth. Her celestial characters have ornate clothing, armour, and jewelry, parallel Baroque art.

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  5. Manga Mondays ~ Huangh Chern

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    Huangh Chern, also known as huanGH64, is an illustrator and character designer predominantly working in game development. She was a character and color designer for Skvader’s cat detective game, Seeker.

    Chern was born in Taipei, Taiwan and studied at Fu-Hsin Trade & Arts School. In 2011, straight after graduating, she worked as 3D Artist at Shinwork, then as a Designer for The Manx Group. Moving on to work as a 2D Artist with browser-based game company, Skvader, she recently joined Rayark Inc.

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  6. Manga Mondays ~ Keiko Takemiya

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    If you follow the Illustrator’s Lounge on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen us mention the latest exhibition being held at the House of Illustration, Shojo Manga: The World of Japanese Girls’ Comics. Shojo is manga aimed at a teenage female readership (shojo literally means “young woman”). Shojo Manga will be the first major exhibition of the genre in the UK. So, I thought I would take this opportunity to look at one of the pioneers of shojo and a highlight of the exhibition, Keiko Takemiya.

    Takemiya was born in 1950 in Tokushima, Japan. She began drawing manga while still in middle-school, though kept it secret from her parents. At 17-years-old, she submitted “Kokonotsu no yujo” (Nine Friendships) to Mushi Pro’s COM magazine and received a Newcomer Award. One year later, in 1968, she made her debuted in Margaret magazine with the award-winning story “Ringo no tsumi” (Apple’s Sin).

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  7. Manga Mondays ~ Brandon Liao

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    Brandon Liao is a freelance concept artist based in Los Angeles, California. He has created concepts and illustrations for both video games and films for clients including Riot Games and Realm Pictures. He is an artist “on a mission to spread epicness throughout the universe.”

    Liao attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he majored in Entertainment Design. While at university he landed an internship at Riot Games creating skins concepts for League of Legends. Having only worked as a concept artist officially for about 3 years, after his contract with Riot ended, Liao decided to explore the industry as a freelancer.

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