Jennee Yang, is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. Much of her illustration work is under the alias of “Draa.”
Doodling from young, manga and anime made its impression on Yang early on. She fell in love with the art styles of TV shows Sailor Moon and Pokemon. Discovering Oekaki message boards during her high school years, she began drawing more frequently. She studied Graphic Design at the York University/Sheridan College Joint Program in Design. Where she earned a greater appreciation of typography, composition and colour theory.
Ryota Murayama aka Ovopack is a freelance concept artist and character designer. Originally from Chiba, he currently lives in Tokyo, Japan. Murayama studied at Tokyo Designer Gakuin College. He has worked with game companies Square Enix, Gust, Koei Tecmo, and Cygames on many of their most popular titles.
Among many others, some of his video video game credits include, quality assurance for Grandia III, monster designer for the Atelier series, Grand Blue Fantasy and Seiken legend RISE of MANA, and character designer for Chain Chronicle and Rabbi jump.
kiDChan, also known as Cyanparade, is an artist and illustrator based in Malaysia. Her enchanting artwork has amassed 14 thousand followers on Twitter and in access of an incredible 65 thousand watchers on DeviantArt.
After finishing secondary school, kiDChan applied to Malaysia’s leading art & design college, The One Academy. She earned a place with a scholarship program. It was around this time that kiDChan started putting her work online, slowly but surely growing her fans and influence. She has travelled the world lending her words to events and her work to brands, books, and apparel.
Though kiDChan’s style is definitely unique, it wears its influences on its sleeve. Contemporary Japanese art and modern design elements blend with early 20th-century illustration and Art Nouveau. Yet, when filtered and elaborated, kiDChan is able to produce artwork that is both familiar and completely fresh. Something else that stands out when looking at kiDChan’s artwork is her composition. Composing colours, patterns, textures, flowing fabrics and floral embellishments remarkably well. Finding a harmony between them and never distracting the viewer from the focal point.
Despite their detailed nature, her illustrations transfer to products surprisingly well. Be it tote bags, pillows, mugs, or rugs. All of which you can find on her Society6 shop.
kiDChan has set up a Patreon. Sharing with her patrons flat PSDs, drawing process videos, and ebooks, among other treats. To see some of her older process videos check out her YouTube channel.
Hajime Isayama is the Japanese manga artist of Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan). The series has become a phenomenal commercial success. As of July 2015, the manga has 52.5 million copies in circulation. Its popularity was spurred on with the release of the anime adaptation of the same name.
Isayama would doodle “ugly stuff” as a child. By the time he reached high school, that was almost all he would draw. It was during high school that his ambition to make a living from drawing manga grew. And so He began submitting his artwork to contests. After high school, he enrolled in a manga design course at Kyushu Designer Gakuin.
He submitted a one-shot called Shingeki no Kyojin to the Magazine Grand Prix (MGP). Which won him his first ever prize, the “Fine Work” award. At age twenty, Isayama moved to Tokyo to pursue a career in manga. He left the idea behind him, with no intention of revisiting it.
Ryan Atendido is a freelance Digital Artist and Illustrator from Manila, Philippines. He designs for world building, specialising in environments and scenes. He studied Animation at De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2014.
Like many, Atendido spent his childhood glued to the cartoon channels. He especially enjoyed the behind-the-scenes segments of the programs and was inspired to pursue a career in art after watching behind the scenes footage of Toy Story. However, he only really focused on drawing once he started university.
For today’s Manga Monday, we look at the work of Spanish illustrator and designer, Marcel Pérez. He creates manga-influenced ink and watercolour paintings and has built up quite a fanbase for his Avatar, Pokémon and Disney fan art.
Pérez recently attended one of Europe’s largest comics, illustration and games festival, the Lucca Comics & Games. On top of the many sketches he produced whilst there, he was also launching a new comic for No Lands Comics. Firewind is a complately new four-part tale continuing the Across the No Lands adventure. Issue 1 was written by Nax, coloured by Isabel Terol and illustrated by Pérez.
George Kamitani is based in Hiroshima City, Japan. He began a career in video games in 1993, with Capcom’s Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom. He has since gained a reputation for his beautiful hand-drawn characters and landscapes.
In 2002, he founded Vanillaware (originally named Puraguru), serving as President and Lead Artist. The company’s first game, Odin Sphere, was released in 2007, published by Atlus. Kamitani and team since released a string of cult titles including Princess Crown, Muramasa The Demon Blade and GrimGrimoire.