Visioning, collaborative concept development and illustration for print, digital and video.
Graphic recording, visual thinking, concept visioning and storytelling through real-time, hand-drawn pictures.
Hi, my name is Darren Cools. I am a freelance illustrator, designer, graphic recorder and writer. I grew up in the farmland of eastern Washington State, where I spent too much time reading or riding my bike on dirt roads.
I wrote and illustrated my first children’s book at age 10 in a red, lined school notebook. Since then I have been a landscaper, car mechanic, winery laborer and brewery technician. After that, I was a designer for a college, a lumber company and a digital agency before going independent. I have illustrated and designed for Daimler Trucks, Portland Metro, Adidas, CLEAResult, Oregon Film, Intel, Multnomah County, and many others.
I live in Portland, Oregon with my wife Anna and our three children, where we like to ride bikes, hike, swim and spend too much time reading books.