Darrin Brege is an illustrator, creative director, voice over artist, comic and public speaker. He is currently employed as a full-time VP and Creative Director for Merkle Inc's (a Dentsu Company) promotion and loyalty division, where he creates interactive digital experiences for numerous Fortune 500 companies, and manages a team of artists and animators. Brege is the artist the Mick Morris Myth Solver and Ghost Board Posse book series, the picture books - Bigfoot and the Mitten, Monsters First Day at School, Biggie and Birdie are Different (so what) 2022. He co-wrote and illustrated the Sketch the Myths Sketchbook and The ChillArt Sketchbook, and designed the Your True North Michigan gift book. He has also created original characters and animations for Warner Brothers (Space Jam), Hasbro, HBO, Coke, and Disney to name a few. Darrin has designed numerous Lucasfilm LTD approved artwork and jersey designs for multiple sports teams including Team USA Hockey's Star Wars Night, artwork for the 501st, and R2-KT charity venues. Brege had a long career as a comedic voice impressionist for radio with over 30 voice impersonations and could be heard on many interactive storybooks. Darrin attended animation school in Southern California and has a Bachelor of Arts from Albion College. Happily married to Karen, he is also a member of her improvisational comedy troupe. They love to laugh, and he is proud to be the father of a very talented son named Mick, the namesake of their book series.
Darrin's Career Highlights
Currently VP and Creative Director for Merkle Inc (a Dentsu Company) 2004 - present. Client list includes, Coke, Starbucks, General Mills, Dr Pepper, Kraft, Popeyes, AARP, and Disney.
2021 Gwen Frostic award winner from the Michigan Reading Association.
Cover Artist and Illustrator for the Mick Morris Myth Solver and Ghost Board Posse book series. Illustrator for picture books - Monsters First Day at School . Bigfoot and the Mitten, and Biggie and Birdie are Different (so what) 2022. Illustrator and co-writer for Sketch the Myths and The ChillArt Sketchbook.
Watch our Fox 2 Detroit interview here - https://www.fox2detroit.com/mornings/author-couples-new-michigan-themed-kids-book-bigfoot-and-the-mitten
Designed jerseys for Team USA Hockey’s Star Wars Nights – which were Lucasfilm approved, and for Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants night.
Designed multiple patches for R2-KT and the 501st, which benefit numerous charities, including JJ Abrams 'Force For Change,' Make A Wish, and 'The Peter Mayhew Foundation.'
Original Michigan and American Chiller, and Adventure Club cover artist – branded both series for Johnathan Rand (36 titles).
Improvisational stage performing at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, as well as other comedy venues 1994 – 2006.
Comedic Impressionist with over 30 character voices and dialects. Weekly radio professional contributing for WDFN and ESPN radio. 2001 – 2015
Art Director, background art, character design, and character animation, as well as and multiple voice over credit for Universal Studio’s ‘Bullwinkle and Rocky’s Know it all Quiz Game.’ Featured voices Boris Badenov and Mr. Peabody. Animation and voice over credit for ‘The Frog Prince.’ Narration voice credit as Edward Everett Horton and other background characters.
Art Direction, character design, animation, and voice overs for multiple The Tonka Joe interactive storybooks for Hasbro Interactive. Titles include Tonka Garage, Tonka Raceway, and Tonka Search and Rescue. Voice credits include Chat, Coach, and other background characters.
Animation and voice over Credit for ‘Lamb Chop Loves Music’ with Sherri Lewis. Disney Animated Storybook art and animation credits include, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and 101 Dalmatians. Animation and voice over credit for Mattel’s ‘Barbie as Rapunzel.’