Born and raised in Kansas City, Derek (not related to ADG founder Joel Anderson) eventually made his way to Nashville where he studied graphic design and illustration at Watkins College of Art. During his senior year, Derek was an all-star intern with us, producing several posters that have been published in our various collections. His stellar work earned him a full-time staff position once he graduated in the spring of 2017. Derek has rendered more than 300 original illustrations since he joined the team.
Science Fiction Theater
Derek finds inspiration in books, movies, and video games; mainly of the sci-fi and fantasy variety. Most of the time his ideas start as thought experiments in his head and eventually turn into designs that resemble movie posters. His intention with the designs is to give the viewer a glimpse into another realm or place, where myths and legends eagerly wait to be uncovered.
“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” – Carl Jung
“Art exists to communicate a spiritual message.” – Alphonse Mucha
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso
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