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My daughter loved today's online @TurnipStarfish manga workshop. Thoroughly recommend it!
(I also got an hour's break from home-schooling and some work done)

Russel Todd - 1/4/2020 - twitter




The Turnip Starfish team have been independently producing and directing animation for TV in Cardiff since 2009. The team have been working in the animation sector since 1999. See some of our latest animation here! Maybe we can help you?

Team Turnip Starfish run animation workshops, manga drawing workshops, 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!


What manga to read

Stuck for something to do? Why not try reading a manga?! Reading manga takes a little bit of time to get used to. This is because ... MORE

Published: 2020-04-03

What to watch?

Here are my recommendations of anime to watch in your free time, whilst in lockdown... MORE

Published: 2020-03-27

Cardiff Life Drawing goes live on YouTube!

Join Nick for a LIVE YouTube drawing class, where he will explore figure drawing structures and anatomy... MORE

Published: 2020-03-27

New One 2 One classes!

This is a fantastic opportunity to have a personal interactive One 2 One drawing session with Lexy... MORE

Published: 2020-03-27

Cancelled all workshops

First of all, we hope you are all safe and well.

Today we have removed all of the workshops from our website.


Published: 2020-03-25

FREE Live YouTube Manga Drawing Class Monday 23rd March 2020

A FREE live stream manga drawing class!

Date: Monday 23rd March 2020 Time: 11am – 12noon Where: Turnip Starfish YouTube channel


Published: 2020-03-22

FREE Live YouTube Manga Drawing Class 21st March 2020

We need you to join us for our very first live stream manga drawing class!

Date: Saturday 21st March 2020

Time: 11am – 12noon

Where: Turnip Starfish YouTube channel

What you need: Pencils & paper

Talk and interact with us through the Turnip Starfish – Instagram/facebook/twitter... MORE

Published: 2020-03-20

Cancelling all workshops on the 21st March.

Following the current guidance from the Government, we are cancelling all workshops on the 21st March. We will keep you informed of any future cancellations. We will try to inform everyone that has booked to see what they would like to do with their booking:

Since WE are cancelling you have three options:

  1. You can move your workshop booking to the next/another date.
  2. You can have a full refund.
  3. You can donate some or all of the fee paid toward Turnip Starfish. As a small company we are going to feel the financial impact over the next difficult few months. Any donation would be massively appreciated.

Thank you for booking with us and being a part of our adventure.

Kind regards and stay safe.

Team Turnip


Published: 2020-03-17

Coronavirus update

We thought we would communicate our current plan regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and our workshops for the next few weeks... MORE

Published: 2020-03-16

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising

On the 26th of February 2020 I finally got to see the My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising film and it was incredible. It is the second film based on the manga My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi. The film was ... MORE

Published: 2020-03-13

Cardiff Life Drawing has partnered with the Cardiff Animation Festival!

To celebrate the festival, we are running a special class dedicated to life drawing for animation... MORE

Published: 2020-03-10

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure on Netflix

At the beginning of this month Netflix released it's second, and for me the most exciting, collection of Studio Ghibli films. However, hidden amongst the vast amount of high-profile anime appearing on Netflix a 'menacing' presence was also felt as well as a strong sense of excitement. This could mean only one thing; JoJo's Bizarre Adventure had arrived... MORE

Published: 2020-03-09

Valentine’s Day & White Day in Japan

Whilst watching anime a long time ago I came across a celebration day called ‘White Day’. Initially I thought it was the Japanese version of Valentine’s Day that is celebrated on a different day, but it is actually a bit more complex than that... MORE

Published: 2020-02-14

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

Lexemons anime and manga blog

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! almost slipped under my anime radar! I am so glad that I’ve been able to find and watch such an entertaining, funny and incredibly beautiful show which is definitely... MORE

Published: 2020-02-07

Easter holiday workshops 2020 - Now Live!

Our Easter workshops are now live in the shop - EXPLORE

Published: 2020-02-05

My vote - Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2020

Lexemons anime and manga blog

So as promised I will share my votes with you and whether or not I think it will win. I am only going to go into... MORE

Published: 2020-01-31

Studio Ghibli on Netflix

Lexemons anime and manga blog

As of February 1st 2020, Netflix will be streaming Studio Ghibli’s outstanding back catalogue directly into your home! Studio Ghibli is probably the most ... MORE

Published: 2020-01-24

Anime on All4

Lexemons anime and manga blog

Whilst browsing on Channel 4’s streaming/catch up service I recently discovered that there is now an anime selection. This is exciting news, especially if you’re... MORE

Published: 2020-01-17

Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2020

Lexemons anime and manga blog

The Crunchyroll Anime Awards is a celebration of Japan’s anime. Now entering its fourth year, the Anime Awards is open to everyone to vote... MORE

Published: 2020-01-14

Neo Awards 2019

Lexemons anime and manga blog

It’s that time of year again guys! It’s Award time! First of all is the NEO Magazine Awards. For those who don’t know NEO Magazine is a monthly magazine published in the United Kingdom and Ireland by Uncooked Media since 2009. The magazine focuses on a variety of East Asian entertainment such as Japanese anime and manga; Hong Kong, Korean and Japanese films... MORE

Published: 2019-12-09

New Anime for early 2020

Lexemons anime and manga blog

There are some exciting new anime shows and films coming out in 2020, but you will have to wait a few months to see them. There are a lot of things to look forward to such as the final season of Attack on Titan and the Demon Slayer film, but this winter season seems a bit lacklustre. I have done my usual research and have decided that the following few anime should be worth a watch in early 2020... MORE

Published: 2019-11-22

Fire Force (Enn Enn no Shouboutai)

I have briefly written about Fire Force before in a previous blog, however I am now 15 episodes into it and feel that it needs its own, more in-depth blog... MORE

Published: 2019-11-15

Lexemons anime and manga blog - Yōkai

Yōkai are supernatural monsters, spirits, and demons in Japanese folklore. There are a wide range of yōkai, from evil to mischievous, protective and lucky. As well as the variety of intent, yōkai have a vast variety of... MORE

Published: 2019-10-25

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising

My Hero Academia (MHA) has only just returned to our screens and already fans have been given an extra treat, another movie! If that wasn't exciting enough the release date is... MORE

Published: 2019-10-23

Spooktacular workshops

Join us for our jam-packed spooktacular workshops over half term! MORE

Published: 2019-10-17

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 of 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

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

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