DEREK R. DOUGLAS, a.k.a “The Kernel”; is a published Canadian Illustrator, a spirited “splatterer” of ink by day, and a popcorn connoisseur by night. A father of three creative and energetic kids, he fills his days knee-deep in 2 & 3D worlds made from collages of acrylic ink and patterned paper. With having trained at Sheridan College’s Classical Animation program, Derek utilizes his keen attention to detail in the expressions, emotions, and engaged movements of the characters he creates.
Video 1 - Derek R. Douglas: Interview with an Illustrator (the interviewers steal the show):
Video 2 - Check out this fun-filled short film, which highlights Derek's 3-D diorama illustration technique:
> Examples of the final 3-D diorama artwork can be found here. <
Method 1 - Ink-Painted Collage Technique:
This is Derek's primary technique of which he uses to create his artwork. Derek doesn't mind getting messy, in fact, he loves it! At the end of the day, his hands are often stained with different coloured inks. On one layer, he uses acrylic inks to paint the background for the illustration scene, and then on a separate piece of watercolour paper he paints the characters, cuts them out, and then uses a "splattered shadowing effect" on the background where the characters will stand before he finally glues the characters down into their place. To achieve this "splatter effect," Derek dips an old, stiff paint brush into a darker coloured ink, and then uses his hands to flick the acrylic ink onto the surface of the background painting. Frequently, Derek will only partially glue the characters down, leaving them slightly hovering over the background surface, so that when finally photographed, shadows under the characters will be captured, achieving a raised paper 3-D effect. See an example here.
Method 2 - 3-D Diorama Technique:
Intentionally using cardboard and other easily found household materials, Derek creates dioramas which are intended to appeal to children and serve as inspiration for them to build their own little worlds and their own artwork. He completes the 3-D diorama with 2-D, cut-out paper characters which are placed in perspective and photographed for the final image. See an example here.
Method 3 - 2.5-D Illustration Technique*
2.5-D = A 3-D image created by using multiple layered flat illustrations.
Through a process of illustration experimentation, Derek has developed a unique illustration style by building a planar registration system, or "2.5-D Box" which serves as a framework to separate multiple levels of his hand painted two-dimensional artwork. The registration system holds the separated artwork in place allowing for spacial distance between the layers; which creates focal blurs, shadows and the illusion of perspective depth, when photographed for the final image. See an example here.
Awards / Achievements:
Derek's two most recently published books for Humber Press are educational books about Canadian heritage, politics, and democracy.  They have been endorsed by the former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Canadian Governor General: The Honourable David Johnston, Chief Correspondent for CBC News: Peter Mansbridge, and Rick Hansen, amongst others.
For further professional experience, download his resume here.  Tear sheets are available here.

Examples of 2.5-D Planar Registration System ( left ) -- AND -- Diorama Illustration set being photographed ( right ).

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