Hello, I'm Derek R. Douglas. Yes, I’m a HUMAN.
Derek R. Douglas Illustration & Design is a creative agency that excels in HUMAN-driven ingenuity.
As machine-led creative output rises, we promise to stay HUMAN! 
We boast a human-first, human-driven mentality, choosing human creativity to help you leave an ever-lasting thumbprint on your business’s one-of-a-kind story.
Creativity for humans, by humans.™
Derek is a graphic arts entrepreneur with over a decade of expertise who wields art direction, illustration, design, and animation to help businesses leave that human touch. His work hums with humanity, agile yet mindful. Derek has been commissioned for magazines, marketing campaigns, scientific journals, educational publications, animated films, and live musical theatre performances.
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ACCOLADES (by real humans)
...In their own words, I swear!

"My agency, Candybox Marketing, has worked with Derek on multiple projects over the past 3 years. Derek understands both design fundamentals along with complex business requirements in order to produce an excellent final product.

We have continued to hire Derek to help us design beautiful illustrations on websites, marketing campaigns and video production. His contributions to our projects have been an incredible asset at an award-winning agency."
- Darrell keezer, founder & CEO - candybox marketing 

"Derek is an astonishingly creative illustrator and designer. His work is beautiful, intentional, and smart. It is always a joy to pursue a project with Derek!"
- Natalie frisk, Director of Curriculum | Raise Up Faith 

"Derek was a pleasure to work with. He took our complex geology concepts and turned them into easy-to-understand graphics that we use in presentations and publications. 
Folks in my science community have commented very positively on the clarity of the illustrations, and asked for Derek’s contact information."
- ALLEN CURRY PH.D, Research Professor | University of New Brunswick 

"Working with Derek brings absolute peace of mind, as he 'gets' what we need. I completely trust him with our projects, love his enthusiasm when ideas are being pitched, and find it mind-blowing that he continually delivers innovative, original work that portrays the message in a captivating way.

It's always a joy to work with Derek and his calm demeanour, professionalism, friendliness and work-ethic not only makes him a valuable team member, but also a trusted voice to break through the clutter in a sometimes crazy and fast-pace work environment. 
We are fortunate to work with someone like Derek who strives for excellence in every project he works on."
- Rentia Van Der Bijl, Producer & Director - The Meeting House 

"Working with Derek has been a dream. He not only works incredible hard to make sure he fully understands the creative vision and direction for a project, he then offers his own creative suggestions that help take that vision to the next level. 
I've worked with Derek on various projects over the past 5-6 years and for each one Derek has managed to exceed my expectations, and on top of that he's actually pleasant and enjoyable to work with and interact with. I can't recommend Derek highly enough!!"

"Derek's work is beautiful, detailed, and exactly what we asked for. He creates art that is exactly right for the situation and deeply moving in context."
- SAM FRISK, Director of Programming | Theatre Ancaster 

"I had the pleasure to collaborate with Derek on a video project a couple of years ago to advertise for Children Believe’s gift catalogue. Not only was he extremely creative but also very professional, fun to work alongside and a genuinely good guy. 
In the end, he gave us an amazing illustrated video that continues to be one of our top draws on YouTube. Anyone would be lucky to have Derek on their team."
BRIANNE BINELLI, Digital Content Service Manager | Children Believe
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"Derek is not just one of the most talented artist that I know. His ethics and professionalism are remarkable. The work he did for us was just incredible. He has excellent ability to capture the client’s idea, attention for the details (as I never saw before) and all he does is entertaining and fun to watch. Love your art, Derek!"
- EDUARDO CROITOR, Chief of Staff - Base Metals at Vale 

"On behalf of the whole Telling Tales Team, we would like to give Derek a top 5 star-plus rating. We contracted him to create our 2017 Canada 150 graphic to support our theme “Stories Take you Anywhere”. The mural he created was outstanding and far exceeded expectations."
- Susan Jasper, Founder and Executive Director of Telling Tales 

"Derek is a very talented illustrator and produces amazing illustrations! His sense of creativity is inspiring and thoughtful. He is always a pleasure to work with, is attentive to creative vision, and is passionate to create amazing work for everything he does."
Christian Nikodemus, video content creator at the meeting House 

"We invited Derek Douglas to our school Library to present to our Primary and Junior students from kindergarten to Grade 6. The focus of the presentation was showing students how he draws digitally and uses Photoshop to edit drawings as well as photos. His presentation captivated our students. 
Derek is full of energy and has created some awesome props to demonstrate how digital drawing works. The students’ focus during the presentation was most impressive! They particularly enjoyed the “how-to” drawing component and didn’t want to stop! I would highly recommend Derek!"
- MIRA CAMPBELL, Teacher-Librarian, FH Miller Public School, Toronto District School Board

"Derek is a very talented illustrator who I can always trust to deliver engaging and consistent artwork. It is always a pleasure to work with Derek and to see what he'll come up with."
- Alister Mathieson, Publisher & Writer at Blossom Books Press
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