Douglas E. Draper Jr. is an award-winning artist whose notable clients include Emmy Award-winning creative director Vonetta Taylor (Sons of Anarchy, Carnivàle), author & screenwriter Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), international bestselling author Raymond Moody (Life After Life, coined the term “Near-Death Experience”), and New York Times Bestselling author/artist, Jeff McComsey (FUBAR). Draper also contributed concept art for the cover of Ice Cube's album Everythang's Corrupt.
He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art where he was awarded the Presidential Scholarship. He's also guest lectured and conducted workshops at Salisbury University and the Boy Scouts of America.
His work has been exhibited within numerous exhibitions on the east coast, including Brooklyn & New York City, and currently has three works on permanent display within the Social Security Administration. He also has as an upcoming piece within the William Paca House & Garden in Annapolis, MD - the historic landmark of William Paca, signatory to the United States Declaration of Independence.
Critic Roger Shingler compared Draper's illustration work to the late, great Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit, popularized the term “graphic novel”, and to whom the comic industry’s most prestigious award is named after, the Eisner Award).
His illustration work can be found from publishers such as IDW Publishing, Moonstone Books, Top Shelf Publishing, MeeGenius, Desperado Publishing, Alterna Comics, Comixolgy and numerous others.
Draper is currently the lead artist for a community project creating a 60 x 5 ft mural for the Wicomico County Public Library - the first public arts mural in historic downtown Salisbury, Maryland in 15 years.