We’ve been inundated with art, design and interactive projects related to the World Cup 2014 in Brazil – both personal and for media organisations and brands. The personal projects we’ve enjoyed the most are those where the creators have an obvious and genuine enthusiasm for football and combined it with a practiced, accomplished style – not trying to cash-in the popularity of the x-week tournament or tie themselves to its current branding.

One such project is Man-Tsun’s Soccer Knights. Man-Tsun’s from Hong Kong, so we’ll let him off calling it soccer not football, and you might recognise his manga-influenced, kinetic swirling styles from his work for Adult Swim and on transparent canvases.

In Soccer Knights, Man-Tsun has represented three of his footballing heroes – Lionel Messi, Ronaldhino, Zinedine Zidane – with heroic knights alongside them, or even incorporated into his body in the case of Zidane. These knights are rendered in the fluid lines of the way manga represents knights – emphasising the power, speed and purpose that these players had in their primes.

You can learn how Man-Tsun designs and digitally colours his artworks in this tutorial.

Use the slideshow controls above and right to see more of Man-Tsun's Soccer Knights.

Right: Heavy Knight / Zinedane Zidane