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Our daughter came to several of your animation workshops through First Campus & a couple of your manga workshops too, a few years ago. I’m sure that being involved in your workshops has helped her in her journey - she’s just accepted an unconditional offer to study Illustration at USW.

Rachel Young – e-mail – 01/05/2019



The team at Turnip Starfish have been having fun directing and producing animation for TV since 1999. See some of latest animation here! Maybe we can help you?

We also run animation workshops, manga and cartoon drawing workshops, digital painting workshops and more in South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bristol and beyond. Give us a buzz and maybe we can come to you!


Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

With season 2 of One Punch Man and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind concluding in a few episodes, what is there to watch next? If you haven’t already started, it is time to watch Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba... MORE

Published: 2019-06-07

How to draw a lion warrior

Today Nick was asked to draw a Lion Warrior! WATCH NOW

Watch him explore how to draw this cartoon warrior and add colours in Adobe Photoshop.

Or join Nick at one of his digital painting workshops...

Published: 2019-06-04

One Punch Man – Season 2

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

One Punch Man - Season 1 was good but we’ve had to wait 4 years for Season 2. Its been well worth the wait! Season 2 has hit the ground running… MORE

Published: 2019-06-03

Manga at The British Museum

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

The British Museum in holding a fantastic exhibition that celebrates manga in all aspects. The exhibition features... MORE

Published: 2019-05-24

Summer Academy 2019 is LIVE!

We are so excited to announce that our Summer Academy 2019 is now live in the shop.

We have dates for the:

Animation Summer Academy - HERE

Manga Drawing Summer Academy - HERE

We are expecting to sell out this summer, so please don't miss out and we hope to see you there!

Published: 2019-05-20

Honorifics in Manga & Anime

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

Whilst reading manga or watching anime you will eventually come across extra words added onto the end of a character’s name e.g. Lucy-chan, Milo-kun, Lexemon-sensei. But what on earth does it all mean?! Don’t Panic! This is very common in manga and sometimes anime. These add on words are honorifics, more precisely... MORE

Published: 2019-05-14

Free drawing session at National Dance Company Wales

Hi everyone! I have just been sent a lovely message on Face book.

"Hello! I thought your members might be interested in a free event to sketch professional contemporary dancers as they warm up for the day, here's a free session ahead of National Dance Company Wales performing in Cardiff on 1-2 May"

Session is 1st May 12.45pm MORE

Get a unique behind-the-scenes look at how dancers prepare just hours before a show. You can observe, sketch, record and photograph the ballet or contemporary class, giving you a glimpse into NDCWales life. Perfect for dance students, artists, photographers and anyone interested in peeking behind the curtain. Expand your portfolio, practice drawing from movement or just observe with interest.

Watch Dance Class is free to attend.

Published: 2019-04-28

Anime Spring Season 2019 - What I'll be watching!

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

April means spring is here, fresh flowers, new life and NEW ANIME! This doesn't mean that I am giving up on the other shows that I'm watching. The only series that has ended recently is The Promised Neverland. This means that I am still watching Black Clover, Fairy Tail - The Final Series, JoJo's Bizarre Adventures: Golden Wind and The Rise of the Shield Hero.

To add to those, there are several series that I am planning to watch this spring. Anime shows that... MORE

Published: 2019-04-12

New Venue for Cardiff Life Drawing !

Have you seen our amazing new venue for Cardiff Life Drawing?

We have had some problems behind the scenes with the old venue for this activity. So we have decided to move to a fabulous new venue. From now on we will be holding Cardiff Life Drawing at the Clayton Hotel.

Clayton Hotel Cardiff, St Mary Street, Cardiff, CF10 1GD.

Why here? Perfectly situated at the top of St Marys Street, this four-star hotel is literally a one-minute walk from Cardiff Central Train Station. We will have a bigger room. The venue also has a bigger screen from which we can teach. In the room you will have access to free still and sparkling water, plus free WiFi. There is a beautiful bar on the 1st floor where you can purchase tea and coffee or pre-book lunch and enjoy the view of the city. MORE

Published: 2019-04-11

Manga Character Types

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

In mainstream film and TV there are a huge range of different characters however these characters usually function in generic roles such as heroic, evil, confident etc.

In anime and manga there are several more sub sections of personality that further develop the character. These are idol, onee-san, imouto... MORE

Published: 2019-03-29

Drawing ice wizards!

This week nick is painting an Ice Wizard. He will use simple shapes and then form and colour to build the design, whilst trying to keep a relaxed and painterly feel to the picture.

Published: 2019-03-29

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

We are really excited to let you all know that we have a new web page - Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog - HERE

We would love to know what you think?

Published: 2019-03-22

Sub-genres of manga

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

There are many different genres of manga, much more then you would probably expect. Of course, you have your common genres such as action, adventure and comedy, drama, fantasy, historical, horror, martial arts, mystery, psychological, romance, sci-fi, supernatural and tragedy. But you also have other types that you might not expect or know about, and I... MORE

Published: 2019-03-22

Drawing an Orc

This week Nick goes straight into colour to paint an Orc! Join him as he constantly battles with the forms of the head, trying to pick them out with lighting and mark making in his attempt to build a strong design. MORE

Published: 2019-03-22

The Promised Neverland

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

The Promised Neverland (translation: Yakusoku no Nebārando)

I never thought that I would be hooked on an anime about three eleven-year olds. Yet The Promised Neverland has done just that... MORE

Published: 2019-03-18

How to draw a 'cool girl'

Today Nick is cartooning a photograph of a 'Cool Girl'. Join him as he uses simply body shapes to construct his image, whilst trying to keep the rhythm in the drawing.

Published: 2019-03-15

What is Anime? Part 2 - transition scenes

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

Anime is very different to most western animation. Western animation tends to have a quickly paced story that ends within the show’s timeframe whereas... MORE

Published: 2019-03-08

How to draw a pirate

Getting back into the drawing groove, Nick is today drawing an angry looking pirate. Grab some paper and draw along.

Published: 2019-03-07

What is Anime - Part 1

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

Anime is a type of animated programme or film often aimed at adults as well as children. Anime is what they call animation in Japan, it is often produced in Japan or at least associated with it. Many anime are based on a manga series or Japanese stories which include historical references and folklore.

There is a typical character style associated with anime: fair skin; long legs; big hair and... MORE

Published: 2019-02-22

Drawing a punk boy - New Tutorial

Today Nick is cartooning a photograph of a cool punk boy. Join him as he constructs and then colours his illustration.

Published: 2019-02-21

What is Manga?

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

Manga are comics or graphic novels that are produced in Japan in the Japanese language. They are predominantly read right to left which is normal in Japan and other Asian countries. There are five main types of manga: Shonen, Seinen... MORE

Published: 2019-02-15

Cartoon Viking tutorial

Today nick is drawing a cartoon Viking! Join him and draw along as he uses simple shapes to build the character.

Published: 2019-02-14

Colour portrait painting tutorial this week

Nick wants to draw more in 2019. This week he is painting another portrait, this time in colour. If anything he learns how useful the lasso tool is as he corrects the drawing... several times.

Published: 2019-02-11

Subbed vs Dubbed Anime: An Anime Series

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

It’s the age-old question that divides many anime fans, should you watch anime in subbed or dubbed?

When I first started watching anime, about 20 years ago, you would only... MORE

Published: 2019-02-07

Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler (season 01) – Review

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

Rated 15 on Netflix

After months of avoiding it, I finally took the plunge and decided to watch Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler. I don’t play card games or any other games that are related to gambling, so this show didn’t appeal to me at first. I had attempted to watch it a few months ago, but... MORE

Published: 2019-01-31

New tutorial - punk girl character

This week Nick is drawing a harajuku punk girl. Working from a photograph, he is illustrating his own version. - MORE

Published: 2019-01-31

Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2019 – Best Opening Sequence

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

As some of you are aware Crunchyroll’s Anime Awards 2019 are swiftly approaching us! The awards will... MORE

Published: 2019-01-25

New Tutorials

Nick has been posting some new tutorials on our YouTube Chanel. Be sure to check them out - MORE

Published: 2019-01-25

Black Clover Review – Episode 63 ‘Not in the Slightest’

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

Black Clover Review – Episode 63 ‘Not in the Slightest’

Spoiler Alert

In episode 63 Asta and Ladros’ epic battle ends, leaving them both extremely injured... MORE

Published: 2019-01-17

Pay by VISA, MasterCard or PayPal !

Our shop will now except payments directly by VISA, MasterCard as well as through PayPal accounts. Just select the 'Pay with a debit or credit card' selection in the PayPal shop.

Published: 2014-01-13