Exploring Manga: Online Demonstration with Elena Vitagliano


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As part of our series of events looking at how to draw manga, Japan House London welcomes UK-based manga-ka Elena Vitagliano to host a series of online sessions open to illustrators, comic artists and people who are interested in learning more on the process of drawing manga.

In this first event, participants are introduced to the art of manga and are guided by the artist into a step-by-step demonstration on how to draw a character inspired by amabie, an auspicious supernatural spirit (yōkai) whose first appearance dates back to the Edo period (1603-1868) and is believed to emerge from the sea to predict a bountiful harvest season and ward off disease.

Participants are encouraged to ask live questions during the event and to post the result on their social accounts tagging Japan House and using the hashtag #japanhouselondon, #amabie, #manga and #MuseumsFromHome.

Guests are welcome to follow this page for more dates; more information will be added as it becomes available.

*This drawing session is open to all levels and makes use of digital drawing, although participants are welcome to use any drawing equipment that they have available at home.

About the artist

Elena Vitagliano is an award-winning Italian comic artist living and working in London. Her work is related to the analysis of human emotions and the meaning of life. Her accomplishments include receiving various Italian illustration awards, being a finalist at Torino Comix 2011, winning the Manga Jiman Competition (organised by the Japanese Embassy in UK) in 2012 and the European Competition ‘Comics for Equality’ in 2013. She won the prestigious Grand Prix Award (first place) in the 8th edition of Silent Manga Audition with the short manga ‘The Cruelest Rule’ about fair play in 2017. Elena also writes articles about manga, holds workshops, and used to host a daily radio show about anime and manga on the online radio platform, Anime Web Radio. A collection of her short stories is going to be published later this year.