Santa-Cruz, CA-based Brian Bowes’ signature style is whimsical, magical, character-driven, narrative watercolors that shine with story-telling, draftsmanship, and creativity. His work has been included in numerous children’s books; most notably the high-end art book The Story of the Fisherman (Foolscap Press). This letterpress hand bound and hand colored limited edition, based on the Arabian Nights story, is housed in the U.S. Library of Congress collection (Rare Book and Special Collections Division), as well as in numerous other university libraries around the world.
Brian, a former Illustrator Coordinator for the San Francisco North & East Bay region of SCBWI, was introduced to illustration while studying graphic design at Santa Rosa Junior College. Bowes went on to graduate with distinction from the California College of the Arts (formerly C.C.A.C.) with a B.F.A in Illustration, and has just been graduated with a MFA in Illustration from the University of Hartford.
Brian has been a guest lecturer for the University of Berkeley (San Francisco extension), the California College of the Arts, and the Academy of Art University San Francisco. He has lead workshops at the Santa Cruz Art League and the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, and been a teacher in the Art After School program.
"I like things that are entertaining, compelling, or menacing," Brian says of his work. We hope you will find his work as compelling as we do!
Watch Brian Bowes create one of the illustrations from The Story of the Fisherman in a video that condenses 11 hours of work into 5 minutes.