We have been working with artist Morgan Lewis to produce a series of manga animations ahead of our tour games in Japan later this month.
Manga is a Japanese comic art form depicting a wide-ranging set of genres, including action, romance, sports, fantasy, historical drama and horror. It is hugely popular, appealing to people of all ages and every level of society and the industry is worth hundreds of billions. It also has a significant worldwide audience and is especially popular in Europe, the Middle East and the United States.
While coming up with the design I tried to incorporate the excitement I feel when watching a match, which led to the character's slightly manic expression!Morgan Lewis
Morgan has spent between 12 and 15 hours on each design, working digitally using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, which makes the process much quicker than traditional pen and ink.
“For Santi Cazorla, the design brief was a classic "kids' manga" character, a visual style similar to that found in youth-oriented titles like Pokemon or Captain Tsubasa; something energetic and fun,” she says.
“While coming up with the design I tried to incorporate the excitement I feel when watching a match, which led to the character's slightly manic expression!”
Remember, we also want to see YOUR manga creations of the Arsenal squad - all for the chance to win a very special prize!
Simply send your design to @Arsenal or @OfficialAFC_JP on Twitter, using the hashtag #ArsenalManga, and we will publish a selection of the best on the website and Facebook. Not only that - the winner will receive a signed copy of the Arsène Wenger animation created by our designer!
So start working on your unique images of the Arsenal players - you have until Monday, July 8 to enter our competition. Good luck!Copyright 2015 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 4 Jul 2013