I am an artist, art show curator, published author, Art Educator and Talent Amplifier!
I have been drawing since I could hold a crayon. In my teenage years, I discovered the world of Japanese manga, anime and art. I followed my dream of becoming a great artist by obtaining my BFA in Cartooning from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. I also studied Illustration, Animation, Fine Art and Directing at SVA.
I love live ink painting people in the subway and at events. I make Subway comics I call Metro Manga. I draw portraits of real people while I commute on the subway. Each panel in my comics tells it's own unique subway story portraying a different character deep in their own thoughts.
2018 has been a breakout year for me, I have shown my work in 20 shows. 2 Solo shows, and I curated 2 shows this year in Manhattan and Queens. I have shown my art in 30 shows in NYC and curated 10 shows. The most recent one was Septemberfest, a 40 artist show at One Art Space gallery in Tribeca.
I have published two books, Subway Stories and Passions of a Poet vol 2: Against ALL ODDS.
I have also published 6 manga strips read from right to left in a Japanese book, What they don't teach you in art school which was a best seller on Japan's amazon website.
My work and solo show of my Metro Manga has been featured in the Brooklyn 12 TV news and an article was written about my Subway art in the Staten Island Advance.
I currently teach cartooning, comics and anime and manga classes at Playday, a creative center for kids in Gramercy Park in NYC. I also teach private art classes in the comfort of your home where I bring my own professional art supplies to teach you or your kids.
I taught cartooning and anatomy at IS78 Q in Long Island city for two semesters, while also teaching private drawing and cartooning lessons to students.
Before that I worked at the Nest+m Public Elementary School on 111 Columbia st in Manhattan. In three years there I worked with over 100 students. I taught classes in manga, anime, comics, animation and Yu-Gi-Oh! I love working with children to help develop their true potential.
I have also been commissioned to illustrate for professional athletes, clothing companies, book covers, restaurants, businesses and make personal portraits and art.
To inquire about private drawing, manga or cartooning lessons for you or your child, or to purchase my original artwork, please contact me: Sophotoons@gmail.com
I look forward to helping you tap your full potential!
“All children are artists. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.” -Picasso
Please let me know which piece you are interested in and I will give you a quote. Prices on each piece vary. I accept payments through PayPal Sophotoons@gmail.com and Venmo Sophocles Plokamakis.