Declan gave an insight into his career illustrating comics and graphic novels in a personal and subtly comical style. Comics are an industry I completely alien to. They’re not really an interest of mine, but I am fully aware of the huge audiences that exist for them.
Without being over the top, Declan was able to express his very geeky personality and be proud of it! I love it when you can tell that someone is clearly very passionate about their work and not ashamed to show it. His passions shone through and kept me engaged throughout. One aspect of his talk that I picked up on, was how he had previously been to OFFSET in 2012 (the same year I first attended) and took inspiration from Jessica Hische’s talk. More specifically he picked up on her style of “Procrastiworking”.
The idea behind procrastiworking is to work on personal projects that help stimulate your creativity and keep things ticking over whilst working on client briefs.
Declan showed some processes his illustrations go through from initial sketching to final rendering and colouring. Again, these were processes that I have very little knowledge in, but loved seeing them! He also showed how he often implements his own personal elements within his work even if no one else would notice them such as stylised barcodes on the back of his comics.
Check out some more of Declans work over on his blog which he updates frequently dshalv.tumblr.com
Declan has illustrated quite a few books for many comic publishers. Take a look at some of them available such as Moon Knight from Marvel.
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