To look at it - it's just a camera but that depends on who is
taking the photo. Derek Blanks is a talent unlike others who share
his craft. A photoshoot by any other name is not the same - and you
would have to experience a shoot with him to realize that fact. His
work speaks for itself. From illustrations, graphic design, paintings
and photography - Derek Blanks is a connoisseur of imagery.
His client roster ranges from high-profile celebrities to homemakers.
Even the most experienced models find themselves reviewing their
images as though they are looking at someone other than themselves.
"I walked in shy and uncomfortable and left my photo session
and felt like I was ready for the cover of VOGUE", says one client
after her very first photo session with Derek.
Derek knew he would be an artist from the moment he could write.
Born and raised in Mississippi, his mother realized his talent and
enrolled Derek in special art schools. His talent did not go
unnoticed as he grew older. By the time he was ready for college,
Derek selected to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art,
where he studied fine arts and commercial illustration. He graduated
Magna Cum Laude, receiving his bachelors in Fine Arts. While
in Baltimore, he worked both as a painter and a freelance designer
for several prominent clients such as The Walters Art Gallery, The
Baltimore Sun, and the city paper.
His love for the south brought Derek to Atlanta, where he has
become a prominent and dedicated artist, illustrator, designer, and
photographer. Word soon spread of the new talent in Atlanta, and
soon Derek had his pick of capable assistants. Among those vying
for the opportunity is Mississippi resident Mick Nash Πwho
literally travels the six and half hour distance for a chance to work
with Derek Blanks. "I have seen Derek place the most unusual
elements together to form unique, but beautiful, transformations",
His works of art are tangible illusions. Derek uses his subjects to
illustrate an underlying story or meaning. Derek's comical and
quirky personality shines through all of his pictures. Whether it's
his graphic designs, painting or photographs there is always a
While this humble photographer might be the last to admit his
talent, he would be the first to offer his gift to the community.
Derek's art was recently featured in the African American
Children's book "Up the Learning Tree". His illustrations can
also be found in several national publications including
Society of Illustrators, Communications Art magazine,
America Magazine, and North Eastern Magazine. Derek's
work has been shown at several national galleries
including The Corcoran Museum(Scholastics Art Awards).
Most of his work is currently showing at Gallery 119,
located in Jackson, Mississippi.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
If that is true Derek Blanks body of work speaks