Manga and More with Daniel McLachlan

Illustrator Daniel McLachlan has had a very busy year!  His portfolio is becoming more colourful and more detailed by the day.

He’s very keen on manga, a style used in Japanese comic books and graphic novels.  He recently completed Manga Madness, a first term class at Stirling Street Arts Centre run by artists Dee Mosca and Kiri Aroha.

Daniel also has three works included in the Revolution exhibition at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries (BRAG) until Sunday, April 26, and one work in the Art in the City exhibition series.

Daniel McLachlan with Chemical World at the Revolution exhibition at BRAG. Photo by Carensa Watts

Daniel McLachlan with Chemical World at the Revolution exhibition at BRAG. Photo by Carensa Watts

In honour of this and more, we asked Daniel to tell us – in his own words – about his new work.  He also took us around town to see his framed illustrations (courtesy of Southern Picture Framers) currently on exhibition, and to share with us an inspiration or two.

Special thanks to Carensa Watts for photographing Daniel and his work.  She also captured our featured image:  Daniel with Deputy Mayor Brendan Kelly and Daniel’s work Taron currently on exhibition in the City of Bunbury Main Administration Building.

25 Years Later

It has been 25 years since the great robot war, and the humans have lost the war to the robots. Captain Trips’ son was born on the day the war ended. Now he is 25 years old and tries to survive in the world which is ruled by robots.

Chemical World (Revolution exhibition)

It has been over 100 years since the great chemical spill caused by chemicals which were for upgrading new technologies. Today the world is devastated by criminals and enemy armies, and food is now scarce and hard to grow. But a twenty year old boy named Cadmar wants to put a stop to the violence by joining the Farmarco army in San Francisco.

Chemical World (manga)

Daniel is working on an incredibly detailed manga which he began in his Manga Madness class at Stirling Street Arts Centre.  Cadmar is the character that’s central to this manga.  Here we share with you Daniel’s original sketch of Cadmar as well as the manga’s colour cover, a page spread, and two details from the page spread.

Golden Gate Bridge Orphanage (detail from the manga)

Cadmar was raised in the Golden Gate Bridge Orphanage where he was bullied, but he won most of the fights by practicing fighting skills in his own time.  But Cadmar had no friends during his childhood because everyone was scared of him.

Snow: The Mittachi Gang (Revolution exhibition)

Climate change has destroyed the world by turning it into ice. It has been five years and food can no longer grow so there is cannibalism. Those remaining must survive as long as they can before the snow kills them or the Mittachi Gang.

Ending of Cronos (Revolution exhibition)

The creator of Cronos and the robots has died. Now the humans are using the robots as slaves and junk. But there is one robot who was the first one to be invented by the creator of Cronos.  His name is Taminium and he wants to put an end to the cruelty that the robots have to suffer.

Taron (Art in the City exhibition series)

The king of Taron has died, but before he died, he summoned the four surrounding realms and said “If you want Taron, you must fight for it until the last realm standing.”  So now war is raging all through the great realm of Taron where the four surrounding realms known as, Kakmash the sand realm, Bumoon the swamp realm, Ruk the bull realm and Wamashi the eagle realm. Which realm will be the one to take Taron into their power?

Taron by Daniel McLachlan

Taron by Daniel McLachlan

Daniel’s Inspiration

When asked where he likes to hang out for inspiration, Hidden Realm Comics and Collectibles – run by the very friendly and welcoming Ash – on Spencer Street in Bunbury got the nod.  And, more to the point, there’s a corner with all things manga!  What could be better than that for such a talented illustrator?

Daniel McLachlan at Hidden Realm Comics and Collectibles, Bunbury. Photo by Carensa Watts

Daniel McLachlan at Hidden Realm Comics and Collectibles, Bunbury. Photo by Carensa Watts

Over to You

Tell us in the comments section what you enjoy and what intrigues you about these new works by Daniel.  We can’t wait to hear.

33 thoughts on “Manga and More with Daniel McLachlan

    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Carensa. It was great to work with you on this project! It’s a huge number of images for a single post. I know Daniel will be delighted to hear from you.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Great to hear from you Rob! Yes, manga is a whole new world. So, if you’re ever walking down Stirling Street, you could always pop into Hidden Realm and check out the manga corner!

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  1. Renee

    Fantastic work Daniel… or should I say ‘phantastic’! You’ve got so much going on in each piece, and really impressive detailed imagery 🙂

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  2. Cameron Livingston LAC, Operstions Directorate, DSC

    Hey Daniel,
    I am so honoured to have been part of this journey with you and have no doubt that if you keep on creating it will only be a matter of time before you are snapped up by one of the FOX networks and have your own shows!!!

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  3. Susan Guy

    Wow wow . No news from the coast for so long and then this!!! You are going places Daniel all of them vrey high! What can I say ? Just brilliant! lots of love from Susan

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      It’s great to hear from you again Susan. Thanks for checking out the post and for commenting. It’s great that the web does bridge the gap and brings us all closer together. And, yes, Daniel’s work is brilliant.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Denise. As always, it’s great that you’re able to follow our narrative via these blog posts. If you’re in the Bunbury CBD before April 26, you’ll be able to see three of Daniel’s works hanging in the Revolution exhibition at BRAG!

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  4. James Jarvis

    What a talented young man you are Daniel. The detail in your drawings and the story it tells is fascinating. Looking forward to seeing you develop your talent to new stories and drawings. Great work!

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  5. Ashley Bartley

    It’s always great to see young people getting into any form of art, and to be part of someone’s inspiration is an inspiration itself. We hope you keep honing your craft Daniel and coming up with more great stories.

    Cheers, Hidden Realm Comics & Collectables

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hi Ash! I think I can speak for the entire Art Partners team when I say it was delightful to meet you in your shop. You welcomed us really warmly and made us feel so at home. Winner of The Friendly Bunbury Business award perhaps?

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  6. Johanna

    Gosh, so talented! I can definitely foresee comic books a-coming – go Daniel! (By the way I met another Art Partners affiliated Dan the other day when I had the pleasure of his company at a Blogging Workshop I gave at Milligan House – I recognised him from his paintings 🙂

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  7. Louis Ariano

    Daniel, you have a great sense of imagination and vision which is reflected in your work which in turn lets the viewer examine your drawings with interest. I am sure that your drawings will have a “home” in publications such comic books and magazines. Good for you Daniel as I am sure your work is appreciated by a wide cross section of viewers. Keep up the commendable work.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Louis for checking out the post, and offering these encouraging words to Daniel. He will be most pleased. I am sure of that! Please stay in touch.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Louise. Great to hear from you. You might be keen to know that Daniel has a new work on exhibition at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries Visions Exhibition until November 22. The Galleries are open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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