Keroko James

Founder and Lead Tutor, specialised in Manga Illustration, Art & Design, Japanese Culture, Origami and crafts

Hello there,

I am Keroko James, a freelance Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Drawing Tutor in North London, DBS certificated.

I am from Japan and I have grown up loving Manga/Anime culture since a young age. When I was young, I constantly improved my art skills so that I could draw better Manga, which eventually resulted in my getting a BA in Fine Art (Oil Painting).

At my first job I learned Printing Design and Web Design. Therefore, I use both analog method (inking, water colour, markers) and digital methods (such and Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint) for my artworks.

I ran Manga Drawing Classes from 2012 to 2015 at Artpeggios art school in Earl’s Court, teaching various techniques for drawing manga — figure drawing, inking, composition, and digital coloring with Manga Studio — to young groups and individuals.

Since I established Froggy Manga in 2017, I have been teaching Manga Drawing to local children on a full time basis, including birthday party workshops and private lessons, work for local authorities and charities, including The Edge – Young Hackney, Stoke Newington Library and The Landmark Art Centre.

As a London-based illustrator / designer, I have worked for a broad range of clients, including publicity materials, book covers, art commissions, and manga caricaturing at events. You can see more about my artwork here: http://www.neokeroko.com/

During my spare time, I have also completed a postgraduate certificate in teaching Japanese as a foreign language. I look after bi-lingual children and support them in growing up with the Japanese language.

As volunteer work, I ran Manga Social Night, a monthly gathering of anime and manga enthusiasts from 2011-2018.

Jon Kaneko-James

Guest Tutor, Specialist in Writing, Story Structure and Storytelling Skills

Jon is a writer of 25 years experience, having written books, short stories and articles since he was 16 years old. Jon is the author of four books, including two Young Adult novels aimed at 11-15 year olds. Jon is fully DBS certificated.

Jon is also a tour-guide and trainer at Shakespeare’s Globe, where he leads tours, demonstrations and workshops for young people from almost every part of the world.

Writing and engagement are incredibly important to Jon, and he loves helping young people to find their own creative voices.