Brian Bowes
Children's Illustrator
Scotts Valley, USA
Tel: 0111 415238 1771

Brian Bowes combines draftsmanship with perceptive thinking and humor into each project he works on. Bowes’ work can be found on children's bookshelves, university libraries, as … Show more.

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Profile updated 15th February, 2022
Member since 1st February, 2010
Firefly Creative Company, Foolscap Press, Society of Young Inklings, Reach and Teach Books, The Linus Group, Black Cat Books, Proctor and Gamble, Waywiser Press
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East West Literary Agency
Territory: International…

The Devil Gets His Brew - A strange pair of love-birds! I’m sharing a brief discussion of diabolical draftsmanship, and details di... View Article
University of Hartford Graduate Research &… It was an honor to have my illustration chosen as the cover for the University of Hartford’s Graduate Re... View Article
Baron Von Münchhausen Rides Again! - Read about a late night internet expedition that winds its way through Gustav Doré, Terri Gilliam, and result... View Article
Holiday Cheer with Elves & More - This holiday season I volunteered with a bike charity, and gave them the gift of a new logo illustration! Elve... View Article
Illustrating Ahab, a Watercolor Demonstration - I recently developed this character design for Ahab as a watercolor demonstration for a children’s book ... View Article
Sherlock Holmes Character Study - In preparation for a Sherlock Holmes project that I’m working on I did a study of the main man… or... View Article
The Hole Story of Kirby the Sneak and Arlo the… I was hired to create a cover illustration and a number of black and white interior illustrations for the book... View Article
Sleepy San Francisco Squirrel - An illustration based on a recent trip to my old stomping grounds, San Francisco, which was created as a part ... View Article
The Story of the Fisherman: an up close look - Over the course of the past year, I have been working on a book that is one of the most beautiful projects tha... View Article
The Story of the Fisherman - “The Story of the Fisherman” is a limited edition hand-made, hand-bound, and hand-colored letterpr... View Article
New Arabian Nights Time-Lapse Inking Video - I am super excited to be working on a series of images for a collectors’ edition of a tale from the Arabian ... View Article
Master of Fine Arts: The Journey Begins - July 2014 marks the beginning of my 2 year journey towards receiving my Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from... View Article
Inspiration in a Surprising Way - During my first school visits, I shared my children’s illustration work and talked books with 3rd grader... View Article
Quick Work, Positive Results - I discovered a new illustration style while moving quickly to meet a new client’s needs. A children’s occu... View Article
Development of original storybook characters: … Can you fit 10 hours of watercolor process into 8 minutes of hyperactive painting? Why yes, yes you can. With ... View Article
Values; Thinking Globally Acting Locally - What are Local Values? What is a Value Pattern? How can these help me to create stronger Illustrations? Enjoy ... View Article
Begin Using Color Choices to Strengthen Your P… This is a blog post about some experiments that you can use to gain a deeper understanding of color as a narra... View Article
5 Days in LA; Lessons from the 2012 SCBWI Conf… In which we read about some of the great things that happened and of some of the illuminating ideas which are ... View Article
1 Goal: 1 Painting, 1 Week; Icabod’s Ride Ho… In a rush to submit work for an upcoming SCBWI conference, I share my process of painting Icabod Crane that wa... View Article
3 Steps to a More Colorful Watercolor Pallet - My intention with this post is to share my study habits so that you might see something new or have a fresh id... View Article
12 Incendiary Ideas from the SCBWI Spring Spir… Recently, I attended the SCBWI North/Central Region’s Spring Spirit Conference. I have been to conferences b... View Article
The Beverly Waltz CD project - This is the second of a two part blog post about the creation of an illustration and design project that I rec... View Article
Waltzing Into The New Year | Where Music and I… I don’t believe that anyone get’s anywhere without help from the people around them. It is through this ne... View Article
Eat Your Hero’s Hands - Zelda Devon, of Teetering Bulb, once suggested this to me as a way of learning to see what has been successful... View Article
Somnabulistic Snippets - One never knows what images might be revealed by rubbing graphite over paper late at night! Over the course of... View Article
Real Life Adventures of an Illustrator - Recently I took some time off to go back to visit my old home town. There were a lot of really wonderful parts... View Article
Awards for ‘Ivy; Homeless in San Francis… I was recently informed that “Ivy, Homeless in San Francisco” is a dual award winning book! It has... View Article
Monster from the 18th Century - An 18th century painter gives me some insight in creating this week’s Monster Monday creature; Admiral A... View Article
Tentacles, Barbarians, and Fist-a-cuffs Oh My!… Continuing on with the Monster Monday series, this week I am bringing you a few designs that are being worked ... View Article
Cthulhu Rises Again - Keeping our minds fresh and our hands moving is vital to the overall health of an illustrator. I’ve star... View Article
Spinning Dreams into Goals: A time management … Having recently taken the plunge into freelance illustration as a full time career, one of the first challenge... View Article
Ivy: Homeless In San Francisco - My first published YA Book, Ivy; Homeless in San Francisco published by Reach and Teach, and PM Press, was at ... View Article
Steps in the Right Direction - What follows here is my story of becoming involved with my immediate neighborhood to solve the issue of an uns... View Article
New Work, A Blog Post, and A Charity Art Aucti… I first heard the term “Citizen Designer” while I was in college. I didn’t think much of it then, but re... View Article
A Curious Introduction; a Story of Self Promot… “A Curious Introduction” represents the first promo piece created specifically for a targeted audi... View Article
Brian Bowes ~ Meeting The Challenges of August… The Gutter, The Love, and The Cosmos From the grimy gutters of a Noir book cover to the cosmic bliss of a snai... View Article
A Short Essay and 2 New Illustrations - Recently posted an essay on the craft of illustration written by me. My goal with this essay is ... View Article
“A Time For Love”: New Illustratio… The Lovebirds are a response to the the recent overturning of Propostion 8 here in California. This piece is a... View Article
Cover Illustration for “Velor” - I’ve recently completed a painting to be used as a cover image. You can see the process and read my note... View Article
Brian Bowes: Mutation Nation entry - “Mutant dogs have overrun my drawing board!” You can check out this recent painting that was compl... View Article
New Life drawings - There are some recent life drawings posted up on the Studio Bowes Art Blog. Feel free to stop by and check the... View Article
Steampunk Tales #6 Cover with Process Blog pos… Recently I had the good fortune to paint the cover of Steampunk Tales #6. It’s so much fun to work in a ... View Article
Steampunk Magazine - Ink drawing by Brian Bowes for Steampunk Magazine.... View Article