Hi, I'm Darren Cools.

I am an illustrator, writer, designer, daydreamer, and discusser of ideas.  

A lot of my personal creative time is spent exploring ideas and narratives through drawing. I also create commercial illustrations for video, social media, print, and graphic recording.

In the summer I work (among other things) on The Picture Book Project: a writing and illustration workshop for middle school students I co-created with Andrew LeTellier called Sea-Stump.

Read more about Sea-Stump »


As a creative director I design and consult across multiple disciplines and teams to bring print, digital, and installation solutions to life.

Current and past clients include:

Portland Art Museum, Oregon Metro, JLA Public Involvement, Daimler Trucks North America, Archdiocese of Portland, Funnelbox, Nitya Wakhlu Innovations, SELF, Pop Art, Adidas, CLEAResult, Oregon Film, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Round Hill Pacific, Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, Washington County, City of Tigard, Multnomah County DCHS, Coraggio Group, Converse, World Wildlife Foundation, Intel, Context Partners, Parr Lumber

For a small selection of my other work, visit my Behance page » 


I'd love to chat. Coffee or beer?

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