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.
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?
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?
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.