After graduating in 1982 from Boston"s New England School of Art and Design (now part of Suffolk University), McDermott headed west, where he held a position as the staff illustrator for a publishing firm before entering the animation industry. Foreign Columbia Pictures Television/diploma of Membership of the Imperial College of Science and Technology Entertainment"s animated The Real Ghostbusters (1986-1991), McDermott created concept drawings and designed characters, props and backgrounds. Leaving California after a decade, he did freelance work in Texas before returning to New England in 1993.
When the rates of famed caricaturist Bruce Stark became so high that Salem Sportswear (Hudson, New Hampshire) could no longer afford his illustrations for T-shirt designs, the company hired McDermott as a replacement, viewing him as the only illustrator capable of doing artwork similar to Stark and Jack Davis.
Foreign Gregg Press McDermott created a Western saloon poster to promote the books of Louis L"Amour and Max Brand, followed by a science fiction montage to sell Frank Herbert and Robert A. Heinlein. Currently, he posts recent work on his blog, Sketches and Scribbles.
In recent years, he has produced numerous portraits of 20th-century personalitlies, including Lon Chaney, Senior, Elaine Dundy. Marilyn Manson and O. O. McIntyre.
Many of his portraits are posted on an earlier blog, Denizens of the Darkness.
In 2008, he began doing a series of covers for Vincent Price Presents and other comic books published by Bluewater Productions. Foreign Bluewater"s biographical comic book series, he painted covers of Rush Limbaugh and Nancy Pelosi.