Derek van den Hogen

Hi! Welcome to this little corner of the digital world. I am a passionate art director with a love for craft, design and illustration—things I love to incorporate into my work. Being hands-on is what makes me love my job, as I love to see a project through from the initial concept to the finished product.

my core skills


Art Direction




Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

Producing the first all black music tv show (think mtv) after the fall of apartheid in South Africa

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

A healthy mix of conceptual thinking drawing and design

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

Comfy full of art and books with my dog either on my lap or next to me napping, oh and a healthy amount of coffee at hand

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

I have a passion for craft that goes back 20 years with an art school background that i have applied and some of the biggest and smallest agencies / clients over the years

What are the tools of your trade?

Pen and Pencil, Mac, Ipad, Adobe CS suite

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

If required i have a host of people i can call on if required. Writers artisans etc.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

Remember why you became a freelancer and enjoy it

examples of my work

Written Portfolio


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