Doug LaRue designed his first book cover in high school as a sophomore in 1981. It was the Thomas Jefferson H.S. yearbook— the book won a national publication design award and the publisher decided to make a film featuring the student staff. Doug won the Thomas Jefferson Scholarship and was inducted into the the National Honor Society and the National Quill and Scroll Honor Society for Journalism. This led to an invitation to photograph the President of the United States as a member of the national press corp.
LaRue was staff photographer for Texas A&M University annual and news publications as well as a stringer for regional papers and Associated Press and United Press International while studying Architecture and Environmental Design. After graduation Doug became Graphic Designer for Golfsmith Inc. producing two 250+ page product catalogues, 1 million+ international distribution. Soon after LaRue spent a couple of years as a Medical Illustrator for the Texas Veterinary Medical Center producing technical and medical illustrations for regional and national publications including Amercan Veterinary Medical Association and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
Doug moved to Austin to be an Art Director for the Littlest Book Company which eventually became LBCo. Publishing, Inc. and Doug became Creative Director. Since 1994 LaRue produced art and design for publishers like Holt Rinehart Winston, Thomas Publishing, Rector Duncan Advertising and Steck Vaughn Publishing, Austin Songwriter. 1996 LaRue became Co- Owner and Creative Director of Capitol City Publishing, L.L.C. producing an Arts & Entertainment magazine.