The life of Daniele Afferni is one of art and comics.
After graduating from the “Scuola Superiore di Arti Applicate del Castello Sforzesco di Milano” art institute, he applied his visual skills in both the adv market – working for the renowned Armando Testa agency – and fine arts. Afferni’s early oil paintings and illustrations already feature weird creatures framed in boldly unreal perspectives.
During these years he has also worked as storyboard artist for important directors such as Gabriele Salvatores, Wim Wenders, Nicolas Roeg.
In the early 2000s, Afferni founded ASC studios – still active as top-class suppliers of pre-production visuals and concept art.
Meanwhile, Afferni’s fine art feats led to exhibitions in London, Berlin, Milan and New York.
Afferni is an old-time comics lover, especially the superheroes ones with whom he literally grew up with since childhood, so - when he met the Avalanche storymakers collective in 2015 – he started producing his own sequential pages shortly after. Among others, “Batman Nero” – an experimental take on Batman – and “Exhumation” – a gothic one-shot published on Aces Weekly, the comic magazine founded and edited by David Lloyd.
Afferni’s style – suggestive, energetic and oh-so-westerly – grabbed the attention of the Japanese game design studio Bushiroad in 2016, as they hired him to illustrate the official Dragoborne tie-in comic.
In the following years he was published by Heavy Metal Magazine USA ( Heavy Metal's Megadeth Death By Design , Bronze Medal Comic Art category at A.I. Annual 2020), by David Lloyd’s Aces Weekly again, and by various USA card game publishers ( FFG X-Men Mutant Insurrection and Guild House Games' Varia ).
He also took part as Concept Designer at “Dreadful Bond” , an independent horror game supported by the famous horror director Dario Argento.
Daniele Afferni is currently working professionally in both advertising and comics, and he is recently hired as Head of Visual Development in a big international cinematographic production (the film is still in pre-production “confidential” mode).
Moreover, he’s teaching Anatomy and Perspective at the prestigious Scuola Internazionale di Comics in Milan.