Food in Manga: Online Session with Elena Vitagliano


Food in Manga

© Elena Vitagliano

In the fourth of Japan House London’s online event series focusing on manga, UK-based manga artist Elena Vitagliano explores the role of food and, in particular, rice in the visual culture of Japan.

Illustrators, artists and manga enthusiasts are invited to follow the guidance of a professional manga-ka to learn how to draw simple characters in action, with particular attention to the details of their facial expressions and their interaction with Japanese food.

Participants are invited to draw along with the artist, be inspired by her drawing, and pose questions during the event to ask for advice.

We encourage participants to share their work on social media following the event using the hashtags #japanhouselondon, #manga and #MuseumFromHome and tag Japan House (@JapanHouseLDN) in their posts.

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.