'Sayomi' is the online handle of Lauren Matthews, a manga-inspired artist from Northumberland, UK (near Newcastle-Upon-Tyne).
I create comics and illustrations which deal with dark themes and aesthetics - from the occult, to body horror, to mental illness. Even my most ‘kawaii’ pieces have a dark undercurrent - I like to challenge and subvert people’s expectations.
I work in both digital and traditional media, utilising Clip Studio Paint and Adobe Photoshop for digital art and comics. I tend to use watercolour, ink and coloured pencil for traditional pieces, but I can make use of other mediums such as acrylic and charcoal. I am mostly self-taught, other than taking GCSE & A-level Art & Design!
Currently, I primarily reach customers and clients by touring the UK anime convention scene, selling art prints and merchandise such as badges, keyrings and self-published comics - you can see some examples on the 'Shop' link in the main menu. I would love to take my art further and take on more professional work. My dream is to become a professional comic creator & illustrator.
My main comic series, ‘Sacred?’ has been online in various forms for over ten years, and became available in print in 2016. Over the past few months I have pushed myself to work on smaller, complete projects, which will be available to view on this site soon.
My work is mainly aimed at older teens and adults (my comics are usually 16+), but I am happy to take on projects which push me out of my comfort zone!
If you'd like to get in touch about a potential project, please click the 'Contact' link above.