DEREK R. DOUGLAS is a published Illustrator, living and working in Dundas, Ontario, Canada. Fun fact; he loves making children's books! For all illustration inquiries, you can reach Derek below:
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A selection of Derek's clients include: Telling Tales Festival - (Annual Literacy Festival), Hamilton Public Libraries, CANSCAIP - (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers), Hamilton Magazine, Canadian Baptist Ministries, The Meeting House, Humber Press, Effect: Hope - (The Leprosy Mission Canada) and Red Rhino Inc. Marketing.
What My Clients Are Saying:
"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. We also asked him for a video to help us promote him as a presenter for 2017. The two videos he produced were dynamite with true kid-appeal. They generated 1,000s o views. We then contracted him in the same year for five different presentations to discuss illustration with our young audiences and showcase his childrens books from Humber Press. Again he exceeded our expectations by consistently delivering very lively engaging sessions that involved kids painting on huge canvases with brooms and more. Derek has a natural and inspiring way of capturing the attention of a young audience. He is a treasure. We hope to work with him again soon and look forward to watching his career as a children's illustrator soar.” -- Susan Jasper, Executive Director and Founder of Telling Tales Festival
"Derek is a very talented illustrator who I can always trust to deliver engaging and consistent artwork. So far Derek and I have worked on two educational children’s books together about Canada for publisher Humber Press, and have plans to execute a third book in the series. The books have garnered endorsements from various Canadian political and public figures, such as former Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper and the Governor General of Canada. His illustrations were critical to the success of these two books as they dealt with complex political and social concepts for the target ages of the 7-11. With the addition of Derek's engaging and humorous illustrations, the content of the books became far more accessible to these children. It is always a pleasure to work with Derek and to see what he’ll come up with.” -- Alister Mathieson, Writer & Vice-President of Advancement & External Affairs - Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning.
"Extremely easy to work with. Derek took several basic, conceptual sketches of mine, and turned them into very classy labels. Always takes the time to work with our ideas, and had no problem making changes. Professional and talented." -- Geoff McDonald, Bains Road Cider Company.
"Our Company was celebrating a retirement and we wanted to do something special and unique. We decided to have a caricature drawing made of our retiree and were referred to Derek by a friend. We needed the drawing in a rush and Derek was up to the challenge. Not only did he complete the caricature on deadline, but he also framed it and delivered it to us personally! Derek completely exceeded our expectations with his customer service and talent! We would recommend Derek to anyone looking for a memorable caricature drawing for any occasion!" -- Christal Narday - Valet Carwash
Megan MicGibney on the book ‘Canada: Our Road to Democracy’;
"The illustrations are what stand out the most - they are what actually makes the book. It was a brilliant idea having "pictures" covering at least half the page. Low readers will be drawn to this and will not be intimidated by the content. I LOVE picture books and use them a lot in my lessons - right across all aspects of the curriculum. Your illustrations are eye-catching and include humorous detail, but at the same time they remain factual. Kids love that and so do teachers. We really do. It helps us out as well.” -- Megan MicGibney, Teacher-Librarian - Uptergrove Public School in Orillia, Ontario, Canada.
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