Illustrator/Creative Designer

Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
With a keen eye for aesthetics and an innate passion for artistry, I am an accomplished creative designer and illustrator renowned for bringing ideas to life through a plethora of styles. With an extensive background in visual branding, logos, apparel, textiles, social media advertising, and marketing, I am a force to be reckoned with in the creative industry.

Work Experience


Illustrator / Sr. Designer freelance

Leading a Team of Artists/Designers:
As a seasoned professional, I have taken on leadership roles, overseeing a team of artists and designers. My ability to communicate project-specific outlines and objectives effectively enables me to gain a comprehensive understanding of the creative direction. I have fostered an environment of collaboration and creativity, encouraging each team member to contribute their unique talents to achieve outstanding results.

Company Branding, Print, Product, Web, and Mobile:
My expertise extends across various design mediums, including company branding, print materials, product design, and digital platforms such as web and mobile. My versatility allows me to approach each project with a holistic perspective, ensuring that the client's brand identity is consistently conveyed across all touch points.

Project Management and Client Insight:
As a project manager, I have played a pivotal role in orchestrating high-profile projects. I have a keen eye for detail and the ability to provide critical insights enable clients to gain a clearer understanding of their visions. My guidance helps them to navigate through design complexities, making the creative process smoother and more successful.

Passion for Industry Trends:
I have a passion for design and the creative industry shines through in my interactions with clients. I stay up-to-date with the latest trends and innovations, allowing me to offer valuable insights into current design practices and how they can be applied to enhance my clients' projects.

Integrating New Styles and Techniques:
My forward-thinking approach is evident in my recommendations to integrate new styles and techniques into projects. I actively seek out innovative methods to elevate the quality and impact of the final products. Moreover, my strategic planning ensures seamless integration with existing design elements, creating a harmonious and cohesive outcome.
January 1999 - Present Ontario, Canada

Stix & Stones Inc.

Creative Lead freelance

Rich Design Expertise:
My expertise in delivering rich and visually captivating designs is evident through my involvement in diverse projects. From the inception of ideas to the final execution, I have consistently produced outstanding visuals that align with brand identities and objectives. My creative vision and attention to detail have resulted in exceptional web designs that enhance user experiences, aesthetically pleasing apparel designs, and impactful advertisements and social media imagery that drive engagement and boost brand visibility.

Innovative Styles and Techniques:
One of my key strengths is the ability to recommend and integrate cutting-edge styles and techniques into new product applications. My curiosity and passion for staying ahead of industry trends have allowed me to push the boundaries of creativity constantly. My contributions have led to the introduction of novel design elements that have enriched the product line and enhanced the brand's appeal, setting it apart from competitors.

Communication and Collaboration:
Throughout my career, I have had exceptional communication skills that have allowed me to build strong relationships with clients, colleagues, and stakeholders. My ability to understand project requirements and effectively convey a creative vision has fostered successful collaborations and earned me recognition for my contributions to various projects.
January 2013 - Present Ontario, Canada

Park Sign Creative

Production and Installation

Large Format Printing and Cutting:
My proficiency in operating large-format printers and cutters allows me to bring designs to life on a grand scale. From banners and posters to vehicle graphics and large signage, I consistently produce visually striking and accurately printed materials that make an impact.

Custom Sign Fabrication:
As an experienced production worker, I can adept at crafting custom signs to cater to diverse client needs. My attention to detail ensures precision in fabrication, resulting in well-crafted signs that effectively communicate messages and enhance brand visibility.

Laser Engraving Expertise:
My skill in laser engraving adds versatility to my repertoire. With precision and finesse, I have etched intricate designs onto various materials, creating personalized and memorable products for clients.

Quality Control and Efficiency:
In my role, quality control and efficiency are paramount. I take great care in inspecting each finished product, ensuring that it meets the highest standards before it leaves the production line. My commitment to efficiency ensures that projects are completed on time and within budget.

Problem-Solving Skills:
In the fast-paced production environment, challenges may arise, but my problem-solving skills come to the forefront. Whether it's troubleshooting equipment issues or finding innovative solutions for custom sign requests, I approach each situation with a solution-oriented mindset.

Client Satisfaction:
My dedication to delivering high-quality products and exceptional customer service has earned you a reputation for exceeding client expectations. My commitment to ensuring clients' needs are met contributes to the sign shop's positive reputation and continued success.
2013 - 2015 Collingwood, Ontario, Canada

Earth Rangers

Print Manager / Designer / Illustrator

Print Department Management:
My experience includes successfully managing and operating a large in-house print department. This involves overseeing various printing processes and ensuring efficient production workflows to meet tight deadlines and deliver high-quality print materials.

Advanced Printing Technology:
I am familiar with operating the 54” Roland Versa Camm plotter/cutter and demonstrate technical skills in utilizing advanced printing equipment. This expertise allows me to produce precise and visually impressive outputs.

Anti Bird Strike (ABS) Vinyl Installation:
My involvement in fully designing and installing ABS vinyl showcases my ability to work with specialized materials and tackle unique challenges in the printing domain.

Development of Rich Printable Materials:
My leadership in developing rich printable materials for programs like E.R. Kids and E.R. “Bring Back The Wild” highlights my creative vision and ability to conceptualize visually engaging designs that align with program objectives.
2008 - 2011 Woodbridge, Canada

Ride Snowboards

Sr. Designer/Lead Illustrator

Diverse Design Expertise:
My design prowess spans a wide array of products, including snowboard graphics, boot graphics, binding graphics, point-of-purchase (POP) displays, advertisements, catalogues, clothing, and more. My creative vision and attention to detail have resulted in captivating visuals that resonate with consumers and elevate the brand presence across different mediums.

Collaboration and Leadership:
Working closely with the Creative Director and a team of artists and designers, I have consistently contributed to successful projects through effective collaboration. My ability to provide leadership and guidance to your colleagues has been instrumental in achieving cohesive and high-quality design outcomes.

Innovation and Integration of New Styles:
My passion for design is evident in your commitment to integrating new styles and techniques into both new and existing products. By staying abreast of industry trends and innovations, I have brought fresh ideas to the table, elevating the overall aesthetic and appeal of the brand's offerings.

Team Leadership and Guidance:
My role as a leader extends to providing guidance and direction to a team of artists, designers, and directors. My ability to inspire and motivate team members has led to a collaborative and productive work environment, resulting in successful project executions and a strong sense of camaraderie.

Technical Expertise in Print Setup:
My proficiency in assisting the Production Engineer in developing print-ready file setups and custom specifications for special client projects showcases my attention to technical details. I can ensure that graphics are production-ready, helps streamline the printing process and ensures the highest quality output.
2005 - 2008 Washington, United States


Sheridan College

Illustration/Fine Arts

* Interpretive Illustration: In this area of study, I have explored the art of conveying emotions, stories, and concepts through visual storytelling. I have delved into various techniques and styles to create illustrations that communicate complex ideas and engage viewers on a deeper level.

* Technical Illustration: This area of study focuses on mastering the art of conveying precise and detailed information through illustrations. I have learned to create technical drawings, diagrams, and visual aids that are essential in explaining complex processes, products, and concepts.

* Animation: My studies in animation involved learning the principles of motion and bringing static illustrations to life. I have gained expertise in creating animated sequences and characters, exploring techniques in 2D and 3D animation to craft captivating visual narratives.

* Graphic Design: As part of my program, I honed my skills in graphic design, mastering the art of combining typography, imagery, and layout to create visually appealing and effective designs for various applications, such as branding, marketing materials, and publications.

I have successfully completed my program in Illustration/Fine Arts, culminating in receiving my diploma in December 2004. This diploma is a testament to my dedication and commitment to honing my artistic skills and developing a strong foundation in the different areas of study within the field of illustration and fine arts.
2000 - 2004 Oakville, Canada



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Computer Related Skills

Operating Systems
• Mac OS X
• Pc Windows
• Commodore Amiga

• Adobe Applications
• CS, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign…
• Office

Portfolio Sites

THEOCY design:

Stix & Stones:




If superheroes existed Muscat would be Aquaman. Just when you think there’s no hope for the Superfriends, Aquaman comes up from the deep with 3 whales, 5 sharks, and 2 dolphins (and sharks and dolphins don’t even get along so that in and of itself is no small task) and rescues the would-be heroes before returning to the deep to keep ruling from the silent abyss.

That pretty much describes Derek. He’s not Superman in the sense that Superman gets all the credit, the press, or the ladies (Muscat’s already scored there).
He’s the silent ruler that is always there whether you know it or not, working his magic from the shadows and always amazing the masses.

Kind words from:
Mark "FANK" Fankhauser
Creative Director: Sandbox


“Derek and I came into contact through my work at Rayne Longboards. I commissioned work from Derek for the 2013 Rayne longboard line-up and was not disappointed. Even given tight time frames, Derek was a complete professional and delivered exceptional designs. His unique style combined with cooperative and considerate personality has made for an enjoyable, easy process and I would be more than happy to work with him again and recommend him to others.”

Kind words from:
Les Robertson
Creative Director: Rayne Longboards


Inside the World of Board Graphic
By SHOGO | Published: 09/01/2011.September 1, 2011
Authors: Derek Muscat
I am pleased to announce that a NEW book by (Modern Dog and Rockport Publishers) “Inside the World of Board Graphics” Will hit the bookshelves this September. I was given this amazing opportunity to be one of many artists featured in this book. Inside The World Of Board Graphics takes an in-depth, comprehensive look at the global nature and cultural influence of Surf/Skate/Snow board art and design. International design luminaries Art Chantry, Katrin Olina and James Victore are placed alongside industry superstars Terry Fitzgerald, Martin Worthington, Yoshihiko Kushimoto and Rich Harbour (who has been shaping and designing surfboards since 1959). The book includes dozens of interviews and profiles from the people currently creating board art and design: Aaron Draplin, Emil Kozak, Morning Breath, Anthony Yankovic, Haroshi, Hannah Stouffer and Derek Muscat to name a few. Introductions by Creative Director Marc Hostetter of TransWORLD SKATEboarding and Murray Walding, a regular contributor to Pacific Longboarder. There are many books about the art of board design, but there has never been a book like this that takes a rare look behind the scenes of the creative process. Countries represented: Iceland, Spain, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Russia, Poland, UK, Mexico, Venezuela, Romania, South Africa, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Croatia and the USA, among others.