Douglas E. Draper Jr. is an award-winning artist whose 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 and artist, Jeff McComsey (FUBAR).
He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art where he was awarded the Presidential Scholarship and has guest lectured and conducted workshops at Salisbury University and the Boy Scouts of America.
His work has been exhibited within numerous exhibitions between New York City & Brooklyn and currently has three works on permanent display within the Social Security Administration, as well 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.
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.
Roger Shingler (blogcritics.org) compared Draper 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)...
“Douglas Draper, Jr., who impresses with a photo-realistic ink-and-wash style that owes something to the New York tenement stories of Will Eisner."
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 decades.