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Lewis really enjoyed the life drawing class - he’s already produced impressive sketches and has been learning a lot from Nic.

Christina Macaulay – e-mail – 3/9/19



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!


Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival

The festival features premieres of the best recent anime films plus a prize raffle, masterclass and workshop... MORE

Published: 2019-10-03

Mangaka Hiro Mashima

Hiro Mashima is well known in the world of manga and anime, most predominantly for the manga and anime Fairy Tail. Mashima is an extremely talented artist and writer, and has also created many other popular manga such as... MORE

Published: 2019-09-21

Autumn/Fall Anime 2019

This year’s Autumn/Fall anime releases mostly consists of continuations of existing series. For example, my top three anime to watch are all season 4 of their respective anime. This isn't a bad thing though. For anime fans this means that something... MORE

Published: 2019-09-11

Cardiff Film and Comic Con is here!

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

On the 7th and 8th of September 2019, Showmasters Film & Comic Con will be coming to Cardiff! Cardiff FCC is relatively... MORE

Published: 2019-09-02

It's our Birthday!

We are so proud to share the news that Turnip Starfish is officially 10 years old!

Nick Price, director and founder of Turnip Starfish said "I am so proud of the whole team that have worked so hard over the last 10 years to deliver amazing workshops, we could not have done this without you and I know that the team are even more proud of the young people that have flourished and achieved so much with our guidance over the last few years!"

To celebrate you will see some our our workshops have a discount! See it as our birthday gift to you!

It keeps getting better... we have also moved all of our Saturday classes to our exciting NEW VENUE!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY turnips everywhere!

Published: 2019-08-14

Attack on Titan – Final Series Confirmed!

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog


With Attack on Titan (AoT) season three concluding a few weeks ago in subbed and with the dub version finishing in a couple of weeks, it’s no surprise that a trailer for AoT season 4 has been released. What is unusual ...MORE

Published: 2019-07-19

NEW weekly Life Drawing class in Cardiff!

We are really excited to announce that we are running a NEW weekly Life Drawing session in Cardiff on Tuesday evenings 7pm to 9pm. We will be looking at all aspects of figure drawing including drawing structures, anatomy, hands, feet and faces, plus explore tone, form, rhythm and markmaking. You can now book for the term or individual sessions that suit your needs... MORE

For our Saturday artists, don't worry, all the dates are up for next term.

Saturday 14th September - HERE

Saturday 5th October - HERE

Saturday 9th November - HERE

Saturday 7th December - HERE

Hope to see you there!

Published: 2019-07-18

Painting portraits with the Airbrush tool

Today Nick is playing with the airbrush tool in Photoshop on a portrait... MORE

Published: 2019-07-17

Warm up sketches

Today Nick is running through the process and shapes he uses for warm up sketches... MORE

Published: 2019-07-16

Gundam vs Hello Kitty !

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

This is a must see! To celebrate Gundam’s 40th and Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary the two iconic franchises have decided to collaborate and go head-to-head in Gundam vs Hello Kitty a series of short anime episodes... MORE

Published: 2019-07-15

Basic 3D body shapes tutorial

Nick has been busy building the Cardiff Life Drawing YouTube channel. Check out his new tutorial and give us a thumbs up if you like it... MORE

Published: 2019-07-09

London film and comic-con July 2019!

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

For those of you who have never been to a Comic Con this big before here’s tips on how to survive... MORE

Published: 2019-07-08

Cardiff Life Drawing is on YouTube!

We are really excited to let you all know that we are launching our new YouTube channel for Cardiff Life Drawing.

Nick will be working on regular drawing videos to help all you avid artists! Remember to subscribe and let us know what you think of the first video on YouTube!

Watch now - HERE

Published: 2019-07-02

Are you joining us this summer?

Have you seen our amazing summer academies?

We are running animation and manga drawing during the summer holidays.

Find our more about animation - HERE

Find our more about manga drawing - HERE

Published: 2019-07-01

Pink hair girl!

Nick is back painting a funky girl with pink hair this week!

After plotting in the basic shapes he shows you the process to create a basic illustration. MORE

Published: 2019-06-27

Summer Anime 2019 – what’s hot this season?

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

The only anime that I’m really looking forward to is Enn Enn no Shouboutai, otherwise known as Fire Force... MORE

Published: 2019-06-27

Neon Genesis Evangelion 2019 re-release!!!

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

It’s here!!! The re-release of Neon Genesis Evangelion. It’s the original animation but with new voice actors released by Netflix today! Neon Genesis Evangelion, was the first anime series... MORE

Published: 2019-06-21

Unicorn Girl!

Today we are drawing a girl with a unicorn t-shirt. join us to construct the figure with basic shapes, then add the details and colours in Adobe Photoshop... MORE

Published: 2019-06-21

Hyper Japan Festival 2019

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

Between 12–14 July 2019, Hyper Japan held at the Olympia London will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary! But what is Hyper Japan? It’s a celebration of all things Japanese! This is your chance ... MORE

Published: 2019-06-17

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Lexemon’s Manga & Anime Blog

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

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

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