Daniel Illustrates the Importance of Drawing

This month, we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about drawing.  And, what a fantastic medium it is!  Pause and think about it for a moment.  Drawing is how people communicated before they had written language.  But, in our contemporary world, how many of us are active drawers?

All this thinking about drawing led us to The Campaign for Drawing, a UK-based organisation that has one aim:  to get everyone drawing.  According to patron Andrew Marr, “Learning to draw is a very important part of becoming a fully rounded human being…Drawing is about being alive, being more human, having a richer sense of yourself, ultimately.”

Searching for inspiration closer to home, the Art Partners team connected with Daniel McLachlan.  In sessions with artists Helen Seiver and Sam Beard, Daniel shared his remarkably diverse portfolio of fictional worlds and characters.

Well Known Inspirations

Daniel has drawn inspiration from many sources including fictional characters which many readers will recognise.  Drawing these well known characters is one way that Daniel has practiced his skills.  Below are Donald Duck and Tin Tin as well as Naruto, from the famous Japanese comic.

Captain Trips and Machine and Human

According to Daniel, Captain Trips is head of the Wolf Squad.  He was awarded a symbol of honour, and is one of the best captains in the universe.  Notice the symbol consisting of a circle with an arrow through it.  It appears emblazed on the front of his uniform.

The role of Captain Trips is to plan the battles and make the all important decision of how the Wolf Squad engages with the enemy.

The world was once at peace, with robots responsible for keeping it. However, the robot systems were sabotaged, and war was waging in a violent attempt to force the planet to bow to a new world order.  Captain Trips and his squad clearly have their hands full in Machine and Human (I) which depicts the battle in the sky.

Machine and Human (II) focuses on the detail of ground-level military manoeuvers.

Machine and Human (II) by Daniel McLachlan

Machine and Human (II) by Daniel McLachlan

Welcome to Cronos

This is clearly one of the favourites of the Art Partners team.  Welcome to Cronos depicts the story of robot life.  Robots happen to live on a really peaceful planet which the humans hear about and decide to visit.  Daniel tells us that Cronos is a good example of robots and humans getting along amicably.  According to artist Sam Beard – with whom Daniel recently spent a few hours – Daniel has done a super job of creating a sense of depth in Welcome to Cronos by not using a solid line to delineate the base of the buildings.

Welcome to Cronos by Daniel McLachlan

Welcome to Cronos by Daniel McLachlan

Orc Realm

Daniel spent a few hours one afternoon with Helen Seiver.  They perused his portfolio and talked about Daniel’s wish to complete a written story and illustrate it.  Helen suggested Daniel begin work on a cover illustration for his story.  Daniel happens to do most of his drawing on his own, but responded very well to the challenge of drawing in public.  In Helen’s presence, he completed the Orc Realm character for Realms (graphite on paper).  Then, as an additional challenge, the Art Partners team proposed that Daniel recreate one of the drawings on a 9 x 5 inch panel for an upcoming collaborative project with Edith Cowan University.  Daniel had no trouble obliging and his Orc Realm made a comfortable transition to the composite panel.

Other Intrigues:  Bounty Hunters and Detectives

Daniel’s portfolio is chock full of characters and stories.  The central character in The Bounty Hunters had a difficult childhood.  When he became an adult, he couldn’t find a job and eventually became a bounty hunter.  His toughness is evident.

The Bounty Hunters by Daniel McLachlan

The Bounty Hunters by Daniel McLachlan

Detective Mack is interesting in that it combines objects from different eras. Notice the mobile phone alongside the magnifying glass.

Detective Mack by Daniel McLachlan

Detective Mack by Daniel McLachlan

Curiosity Flows both Ways

During the time that Daniel spent with artist Sam Beard, there was a lot of discussion about Daniel’s drawings and his accompanying stories. Sam was clear that the stories behind the characters add another layer of depth to the drawings. Toward the end, time was taken to look at Sam’s visual diary which was full of intriguing bit and pieces including an etching Down on the Street.

Daniel McLachlan with Sam Beard

Daniel McLachlan with Sam Beard

Next for Daniel

See Daniel’s Orc Realm in an exhibition of 9 x 5 inch panels at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries from August 18 – 24.  From there, Orc Realm will move to an exhibition at Edith Cowan University from August 28 – September 17.

Next for the Rest of Us

How about a little drawing?  According to Campaign for Drawing patron Andrew Marr:   “you’re educating yourself to understand the dance of colours and shapes all around you.”  Who can resist that?  Can you?

Daniel McLachlan with coffee shop mural - a real dance of colours and shapes by Angie Pannone - at The Pantry on Prince, Busselton

Daniel McLachlan with coffee shop mural – a real dance of colours and shapes by Angie Pannone – at The Pantry on Prince, Busselton

63 thoughts on “Daniel Illustrates the Importance of Drawing

  1. Cameron Livingston

    Congratulations Daniel, I knew the first time I saw your portfolio that your gift had to be shared with the world! Thankyou.

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  2. Johanna

    What an incredibly talented young man! His art is so alive, vibrant and expressive … not to mention humorous. Yes, he truly does draw in stories as you mentioned people once did before they could write. Can’t wait to visit the Bunbury Regional Art GAllery to see more of his work in August. Thanks for this inspiring post 🙂

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks, as always, Johanna. It’s been such a pleasure to feature Daniel’s drawing on a blog post. Please stay tuned for more on the two panel exhibitions coming up at BRAG and Edith Cowan University.

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  3. Sarah Mills

    Daniel, you have a vivid imagination which I hope will continue to inspire your creativity for many years to come. It’s great to see a young drawer’s work up for auction at ECU amongst the work of experienced creators. I’m sure you will help to attract a younger audience to the BRAG wall, ECU foyer, and perhaps the 9×5 Art Auction (if you do decide to contribute your panel). Good luck on your journey! 🙂

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Sarah for stopping by the blog. It’s really great that Daniel’s work sets a youthful tone for this exciting collaboration that we have going with Edith Cowan University! Can’t wait for the BRAG Wall exhibition beginning August 18!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      It’s great to hear from you Simon. Thanks for stopping by the post. We hope that you might be able to meet Daniel at some point in the future.

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  4. helenseiver

    Hey Daniel, congratulations on your first internet publication!! Can’t wait to see more of your work and maybe your illustated stories published as well. Congratulations once again.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      It’s really amazing, isn’t it, Karen! You might be interested in knowing that Daniel’s Machine and Human (II) will feature in the Art in the City series of solo exhibitions beginning in August. Please watch for it as it makes the rounds. Thanks again Karen for your ongoing support.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Amanda for checking out the post. Given your artistic style, I really thought you would appreciate Daniel’s work. Let’s hope for more!

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  5. BRAG WA

    What a wonderful article! We were excited to have Daniel in one of our workshops for young artists here at BRAG, drawing amazing human/animal creations. The characters that he created were full of personality and you could really see Daniel’s distinctive drawing style. Great work!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      The Art Partners team was just thrilled to hear that Daniel had enrolled in one of your school holiday workshops for young artists. I’m really looking forward to seeing his animal/human creations!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Danielle. It’s great that we’ve been able to make contact as a result of Daniel’s work. Let’s hope for a continuing series of artistic interactions! See you again soon.

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    1. Aunty Lorrae

      Well done Daniel. Your hard work and creativity is paying off. I love the drawings, use of colour and the interesting characters in your drawn stories. I hope this exposure gives you the confidence to keep pursuing your interest in not just drawing, but whatever you want to try. Much love, Aunty Lorrae.

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      1. Art Partners Post author

        Thanks so much Aunty Lorrae for checking out the blog post. Yes, Daniel’s characters are fascinating to look at. And, as Sam says, the stories behind the characters add a whole other dimension. The Art Partners team is really hoping for more!

    2. Art Partners Post author

      We are just delighted that drawing makes you happy Daniel! Your work illustrates the post so beautifully. It’s obvious from the number of responses that readers are really appreciative. Congratulations

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Lucy for checking out Daniel’s drawings. You’re right: they’re really cool. Perhaps you could see his work in person at the upcoming 9 x 5 inch panel exhibitions at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries or Edith Cowan University.

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  6. Susan Guy

    Hey Daniel. You are one talented, amazing, beautiful guy. I am so proud to have known you for all these years and to see you and your precious art blossom and grow and then grow some more. May your brilliance continue to shine a light into the art world as well as at Mums kitchen table. Lots of love Susan

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Susan. Yes, the Art Partners team, and everyone who has commented on this post can see the absolute brilliance of Daniel and his work. It really does sparkle!

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  7. Leighton

    Fabulous work Daniel. Your drawings are all very expressive. Your Machine and Human (II) picture is so good that it reminds me of photos of Savajevo in the 1990s – a time in recent history when there was an unhappy combination of humans and war machines. I think you’ve captured Tin Tin and the Orks really well.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Leighton for checking out Daniel’s post. If you’re in Bunbury anytime after August 1, you’ll be able to see Machine and Human (II) in a frame and on exhibition. Watch ‘Stories & Stuff’ for the exhibition schedule.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Dear Anastasija, It’s wonderful to hear from you. We’re delighted that you appreciate the post. We hope to see you at one of the upcoming 9 x 5 inch panel exhibitions.

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  8. Lindy Loo

    I am very impressed with your work Daniel. I am amazed how much detail you can add to a picture without it not being overcrowded. You have a fabulous imagination. I think you could definitely do a comic book and it would be as adventurous as Tin Tin! Don’t ever give up drawing. You have too much talent that people like myself enjoy seeing.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Lindy Loo for getting in touch and for your wonderful comment. Daniel’s drawings really sparkle, that’s for sure! Please stay in touch, and perhaps we’ll see you at one of the exhibitions.

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  9. Rob McLachlan

    Wow Daniel !!!! You have embraced your art like Herge and it is so incredible to see your work blossom more and more. Your amazing buddy !!!! Lots of love, Dad 🙂

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hello Sam! It’s great to hear from you! Glad you like the post. Wouldn’t it be fun for you to photograph Daniel’s work at some point? Do stay in touch.

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  10. Sue Grayson Ford

    Great to see all this wonderful work from Daniel and Art Partners, so much in the spirit of The Big Draw. That’s what the Campaign for Drawing is all about – giving artists everywhere the chance and encouragement to draw and share their work. Go for it Daniel!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      It’s wonderful to hear from you Sue! You and your team do such fabulous work at The Campaign for Drawing. We have a lot to learn from you! Thanks for checking out the post. Daniel, I’m sure, will be delighted.

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  11. Angie Pannone

    It’s always so awesome to see other people’s art. It gives you a private glimpse into their soul to almost hear a song or story they listened to that no one else heard but them. But yet they leave you a clue into the story so you then get to look and see how their piece of art speaks out to you.

    Keep up the great art work Daniel! It is truly one of the best gifts you can have, have fun with it and you will always be your best 🙂

    I’m glad you enjoyed mine –

    Kind Regards

    Angie Pannone ~Bail Reality Art

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Angie for dropping by. We really enjoyed your mural! The Pantry on Prince is a terrific place to sit, chat, nibble and drink coffee. Thanks for making our trip to Busselton an inspired experience.

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  12. Jan Flisek-Boyle

    Wonderful, imaginative work, and amazing to see Daniel take these great steps forward, doing something that many adults would be too afraid to do! You should feel very proud Daniel. Keep it up and keep doing what you enjoy.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you Jan for visiting the blog, and for taking time to comment on the post. It really is wonderful to have people from abroad linking in to what we are doing in our relatively remote corner of the world. I know that Daniel will be thrilled to hear from you.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Great to hear from you Donna – another international visitor to Daniel’s post! We too love Welcome to Cronos.’ In fact, I think we should exhibit that sometime. Thanks for checking out the post.

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  13. betsywuebker

    Aloha Daniel and Art Partners, what a fascinating look at a wonderful body of work. Thank you for sharing and best of luck to you.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hello Betsy. Great to hear from you! Yes, it is a fascinating body of work. All the extraordinary detail gives one a lot of food for thought. Thanks for stopping by from Kauai!

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  14. travelnwrite

    What a wonderful blog and post! So nice to have discovered you. Thanks for visiting us at TravelnWrite! Hope we become regular visitors to each other’s sites!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hello Travelnwrite! Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. Yes, this post on the importance of drawing with illustrations by Daniel has been a big hit, and does seem to have a lot of appeal. We hope to see you back sometime soon!

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  15. Neva @ Retire for the Fun of it

    I appreciate your encouragement to do more drawing at any age. In Utah, we have many petroglyphs from ancient times preserved. What’s your opinion of Banksy and his artwork that is categorized as Grafiti? He secretly left some pictures in our area and they are being protected with bullet proof glass due to people trying to destroy them.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Neva! Fantastic to see you popping up on the Art Partners site. Banksy is certainly extraordinary. We think that art (in any form) that gets people talking is a great thing. Banksy is characterised as many things: painter, activist, filmmaker. However, he was called an ‘all purpose provocateur’ in ‘The Story Behind Banksy,’ an article published by the Smithsonian Magazine. That seems to be a really fitting label. Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. Mike

    Wow, these are amazing, Daniel!! I’ve always wished I had the artist gift of drawing that you do. It just never came about early on so I moved on and pursued other things. But, I absolutely love looking at art and these are fantastic! Great Donald Duck moment too 🙂

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Mike for stopping by. Yes, the work is amazing, and it’s wonderful that people around the world are recognising Daniel and his work through this wonderful blog post. We hope you will stay in touch Mike!

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  17. Daniel McLachlan

    I thankyou everyone for your wonderful comments. I am pleased that you like my artwork. It makes me want to draw more.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Dear Daniel! Congratulations on your wildly successful blog post. You’ve had comments coming in from all around the world. That’s impressive. It’s not surprising when one considers the wonder of your work. Keep drawing!

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  18. Nick Avery

    Hi Daniel,
    It’s always impressive to see your artwork, you are so incredibly talented and creative. I hope you continue to produce art throughout your life, so that we are all able to enjoy the stunning way you see the world. xx

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Nick for taking the time to pop by the blog. This post with artwork by Daniel has been super successful. We’re delighted that people around the world have appreciated Daniel’s work. We hope you stay in touch!

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  19. Carensa Werder

    I really enjoyed seeing a collection of your illustrations Daniel. You are a talented young man with a great imagination what will take you far with your illustrated stories. Was lovely meeting you yesterday and I look forward to seeing more of your work 🙂

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks BRAG! Daniel will be delighted to hear from you. We look forward to perhaps seeing some of Daniel’s work at BRAG as part of ‘Revolution.’

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  21. ingridrick

    Good work Daniel – I agree drawing (and paining) in any medium is really good for you on all levels. It’s good for the soul … Keep up the good work Daniel 😊

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