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Name : Sonia
Website : http://fyredrake.net/
Location : Cambridge
Gender :   
Date of Birth : 7th May 1982
Age : 31

Personal Bio

Events I'll be going to 2010 (not all in cosplay, but anyway):
MinamiCon
KitaCon
London MCM Expo May
AmeCon
Birmingham Comics Show
London MCM Expo Oct
Leeds Thought Bubble
(Others TBC if time allows)

I'm a professional comic artist and illustrator specialising in the Anime/Manga style. My first graphic novel was Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (SelfMadeHero). My awards include Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) 2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Reader and Best Books for Young Adults 2008 for Romeo and Juliet ; Winner in Tokyopop's UK Rising Stars of Manga competition (2005/06) and Winner in NEO Magazine's 2005 Manga Competition. I designed the official Catgirl mascot for Wacom-Europe's Manga campaign. My artwork features prominently in the British movie, Popcorn (2007). I contributed to Comic Book Tattoo (Image Comics), Tales inspired by the musician Tori Amos. I've been involved in various art books - I was Lead Artist for the book Draw Manga by Sweatdrop Studios, the leading UK comic collaborative. I'm a core member of the group and my works with Sweatdrop include Once Upon a Time..., Cyborg Butterfly and Satan's Amazon; and in the anthologies Sugardrops, Pink is for Girls and Drop Dead Monstrous.

Currently I'm working with Infinite Ideas on the Manga Life series of self-help comic books, the first two titles being Find True Love and Be Creative. I'm the artist for Aya.Takeo, a full-colour comic published weekly online from April 2007-2010.

I work in a variety of mediums including watercolour, pen and ink, screentone, alcohol colour markers, pencils and computer software. I've exhibited artwork in the Kyoto International Manga Museum, London County Hall, London Cartoon Museum, Japanese Embassy and the Manchester URBIS Centre and provided product demonstrations (on behalf of Copic, Letraset and Wacom).

Cosplay Bio

What I've worn at different events:

AnimeCon 2001 Liverpool - Kamiya Kaoru, Rurouni Kenshin (anime, sparring clothes)
2002-2008 - Mainly gothic/lolita outfits ^^
London MCM Expo Oct 2008 - Abel Nightroad, Trinity Blood (manga)
Grand Cosplay Ball 2008 - Abel Nightroad, Trinity Blood (artbook, ROM arc)
Grand Cosplay Ball 2008 - (my hubby) Antonio de Borgia, Trinity Blood (artbook)
Minami Con 2009 - Abel Nightroad, Trinity Blood (artbook, ROM arc)
Minami Con 2009 - (my hubby) Professor Wordsworth, Trinity Blood (manga)
London MCM Expo May 2009 Saturday - Abel Nightroad, Trinity Blood (artbook, ROM arc)
London MCM Expo May 2009 Sunday - Kamiya Kaoru, Rurouni Kenshin (anime, sparring clothes)
AyaCon Aug 2009 Saturday - Shura, Soul Calibur IV (1st player ver)
AyaCon Aug 2009 Sunday - Isaak Fernand von Kampfer, Trinity Blood (artbook, civvies)
London MCM Expo Oct 2009 Saturday - Isaak Fernand von Kampfer, Trinity Blood (anime ver.)
London MCM Expo May 2010 Saturday/Sunday - Juri, Super Street Fighter IV

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Haha, the first time I had cosplayed was seven years ago, at AnimeCon 2001 in Liverpool. For the masquerade, I was doing Kamiya Kaoru from Rurouni Kenshin, in her sparring clothes. I didn't actually sew anything, I was just very picky and fortunate in scouring for bargains whilst in Tokyo on holiday to source the various bits of my outfit. I actually came Best in Show! XD XD

Since then, I've been mainly a Gothic/Lolita fashionista, but lately I wanted to have a go at cosplaying again, as absolute love of Trinity Blood and the challenge of its notoriously difficult costumes proved too much of a lure for me XD

So - seven years later, I got back into cosplay with Abel, I love him! I also wear glasses with a spectacle chain to my earcuff most of the time (believe), so I thought it would have been a crime not to try and play him. Onwards and upwards!! *punches air*

My gallery will have pictures of me and of anyone else who wears any costumes I make (currently my husband is my only guinea pig, but I'm trying to convince more of my friends to model for me, haha!)

Contact Information

sonia@fyredrake.net

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Spring Update 2013

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:23:24 GMT

I thought I would bring my livejournal watchers up to date with what's going on with my life and everything at the moment!

ART STUFF!
I've been very busy doing a lot of drawing. Much of it is on how-to-draw books which will be coming out this year:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/101-Tips-Professional-Manga-Artists/dp/1781570302/


http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Complete-Guide-Drawing-Manga/dp/1844489388/


And some of my favourite pieces done over the past few months that I'm allowed to show (I've done loads more, but they'll be in the books so I'll hold fire on them till the books are available to purchase XD):



Of my personal works, I'm hoping to get my webcomic FujoFujo! up and running again, volume 2 of Love Stuffing partway drawn during this year, a contribution to a new Sweatdrop Studios anthology and a new, fully illustrated fantasy light novel called A Brush With Magic :3 The reason why I think I can do all of these things is because of some major changes happening to my life...

LIFE STUFF!

I'm pregnant! It's a boy and he's due in early June 2013. It's quite exciting for me and my extended family and friends - he will be my first child and I intend to raise him as a fabulous gentleman. As such, I'm pulling back from large publishing contracts, comic events and school visits from about mid-April through to January 2014, so that I can be a full-time mum for a little while, and only do small bits of work, personal art stuff and collaborations with friends.

Of course, I can't possibly just do one life change thing at a time... I've just bought a new house! It was something we were trying to get since last summer, but the sellers took AGES to sort out all the paperwork and now we finally have the keys. It needs a lot of renovation work to the upper floor structure, so it'll be a couple of months at least before that is ready for us to move into. But we're comfy, we still own our current house and we aren't in a rush to sell it so even if the work does take longer, we'll have a roof over our heads!

It is a beautiful project though; it's fully detached, with a back garden around 80 feet long and front driveway large enough to hold 3-4 cars. The house is sloped at the front, creating a vaulted ceiling in the main, open plan living area. The living space has a chimney, so we'll put in a woodburning stove. The kitchen is u-shaped and large. The dining area is in front of the double doors leading into the garden. There are four bedrooms, where I'll use the downstairs ensuite as my studio/library/guestroom. Upstairs will have the main bedroom, a good sized room I will turn into a dressing room, a family bathroom and a large room for the baby (and possible future sibling?).

This of course means I'll have to do A LOT OF SHOPPING!!! ♥♥♥

For the house: Solid wood floors in ash greys or limed oak. Metallic gold painted feature walls. White walls everywhere else. This will set off any artwork I hang around, and work nicely with bold furniture. I have my heart set on a dining suite in black/cream solid marble. Black leather sofas. Dark mahogany or walnut antique or reproduction solid wood furniture to complement my antique piano and other antique pieces around the house. Traditional rugs in heritage or Persian designs.

For the baby: Stokke pram, car seat, baby carrier and high chair. Arlo walnut cot bed, Cosatto changing unit. I want dark woods, whites and brights! Clothes: blacks, whites, greys and brights. I particularly like the quirkiness of the bodysuits and sleepsuits from http://www.alternatots.com so that I can avoid the typical baby boy clothes in blue with cars and football.

If you feel left out of the loop, you can always catch up on more frequent updates from me through Tumblr, Twitter or Facebook ^^

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Interests

anime / manga / gothic / lolita / fashion / gaming / weapons