About

Brian Bowes is an Illustrator, and Professor of Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He loves infusing craftsmanship, story-telling, and creativity into his work.

During his career Bowes feels lucky to have worked with the esteemed clients such as Foolscap Press, based in Santa Cruz, CA. Together they produced a finely hand crafted book,  The Story of the Fisherman. This singular book has been collected by individuals, universities, and libraries around the world. Notably a copy was purchased by, and is now housed in, the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the United States Library of Congress.

A former Illustrator Coordinator for the San Francisco North & East Bay region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Bowes is a skilled communicator who enjoys sharing his passion with audiences and students alike. He has been a guest lecturer at 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. At the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, he was the Youth Education Director as well as an instructor for their Art After School program.

Brian Bowes began his formal study of illustration while receiving his AA degree in Graphic Design from the Santa Rosa Junior College. Bowes then went on to graduate with distinction from the California College of the Arts and Crafts (presently C.C.A.) with a B.F.A in Illustration. After working as a freelance illustrator for a number of years, Bowes pushed his work to new heights by graduating from the University of Hartford’s Low Residency MFA in illustration in 2016. His love of learning and desire to develop his art and himself continue to propel his art forward.

Mr. Bowes is proudly represented by Ms. Deborah Warren of the East West Literary Agency.

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Partial Client List

  • Proctor and Gamble
    • Illustration consultant for product development and customer focus group
  • Foolscap Press
    • Illustrations and design for The Story of the Fisherman
  • Waywiser Press
    • Cover design and illustration, and interior illustrations for The Hole Story of Kirby the Sneak and Arlo the True.
  • Society of Young Inklings
    • Cover illustration for Inklings Book 2015; an Anthology
    • Graphic Design for a number of book covers.
  • Black Cat Books
    • Graphic design for a series of middle grade chapter books
    • Cover illustrations and interior illustrations for the book series.
  • Pixel Graphics
    • Corporate identity illustration
    • Patent illustrations
  • REASON robots
    • Concept designs
    • Storyboards
  • Reach and Teach Books
    • Cover design and illustration, and interior illustrations for Ivy: Homeless in San Francisco
  • The Linus Group
    • Storyboard illustrations for advertising campaign
  • Firefly Creative Services
    • Corporate identity illustration
    • Catalog spot illustrations
  • PM Press
    • Cover design for the Switchblade Series of novels
    • Cover illustration for The Wrong Thing, Pike, The Chieu Hoi Saloon
  • University of Irvine, CA
    • Cover illustration for catalog of radio programs
  • Earth First Magazine
    • Cover illustrations for Spring and Winter editions