Derek Blanks (born November 5, 1977) is an American photographer, illustrator, creative director, and producer.
Derek Blanks was born in Jackson, Mississippi on November 5, 1977. His father was a school teacher in Pearl, Mississippi. He is the middle twin of three siblings. Blanks attended Murrah High School in Jackson, Mississippi and enrolled in APAC: The Academic and Performing Arts Complex which exposed him to art at a young age.