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1. Ahab & The White Whale


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2. Ahab & The White Whale

Over the last few months I have been listening to the unabridged Blackstone Audio of Moby Dick. Along the way the story has seeped into my thoughts and drawings. I present to you some work that I made along the way. As it turns out, I am a little obsessed with illustrating stories. Hmm, perhaps there a […]

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3. The Story of the Fisherman; Up Close

The Story of the Fisherman is a letterpress book that is hand bound and hand colored. The limited edition of 117 (101 of which are for sale) is a project that is produced by Foolscap Press.



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4. Sleepy San Francisco Squirrel

Greetings, I want to share a recent illustration that completed for my MFA program. The program has us traveling around the country for different contact periods twice a year, spring and fall. We always return to home base which is the Hartford Univeristy in Connecticut in the summer time. Last fall we traveled to New York […]

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5. Illustrating “The Hole Story of Kirby the Sneak and Arlo the True”

Summary: This blog post covers a book project that I worked on from the end of 2014 to the beginning of 2105. I was hired to create a cover illustration and a number of black and white interior illustrations for the book The Hole Story of Kirby the Sneak and Arlo the True.

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6. Gabba Gabba Hey!

Summary: I share some of my process creating a faux Rolling Stone magazine cover of the Ramones. Giclee prints of the image are also made available! One of the assignments for my MFA program is that we are asked to create an illustration by look back into illustration history and finding an artist whom we admire, then we […]

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7. 10+ Hours of Watercolor Painting in an 8 Minute Video

Summary: 10+ hours of painting in an 8 minute video? I share watercolor painting tips and concepts in a time lapse painting of three storybook characters. Check it out, and share it with your friends.



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8. Alakazm!



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9. Alakazm!

I just love this Vizier’s expression!



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10. Inspiration in a Surprising Way

Summary: Summary: During three different school visits, I shared my work and talked books with 3rd graders. In the process I found joyful surprises on many different levels. I have been on the road quite a bit during February and March, visiting the Salinas School District on three different occasions to share my work and […]



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11. Freaky Farm Fun

This painting was started for an illustrator intensive. I can’t wait to get back to it. it is just starting to come together.



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12. “What he heard caused him to tremble.”

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13. “What he heard caused him to tremble.”

Character sketches for an Arabian Nights story! By the way, how did Boris Karloff make his way on to the page?!



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14. The Story of the Fisherman Final Art Gallery

A gallery of all the final art work that was used for the book The Story of the Fisherman.



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15. A Time For Love

BrianBowes_LovebirdsThank you to everyone who keeps checking back in with the blog. I have to admit that this last month or so has been quite busy. I am happy to say that some of that 'busy' has been creating new works, that will be appearing here on the site soon enough. Oh look here's one now!

The Lovebirds are a response to the the recent overturning of Propostion 8 here in California. (There's a news article, if you'd like to read more, at the end of this post.*) I am happy to see that all marriages will be recognized by my state. I was actually quite surprised when Prop 8 passed back in 2008. I guess that at least as a state, if not as a country, that we'd gotten past all this 'separate but equal' crap. This is the 21st Century after all!

I chose the Lovebirds intentionally. After looking into it a bit, I found out that Lovebirds are a bit difficult to breed because it is hard to tell the male and the female apart. Along with that factoid, I was initially drawn to their almost rainbow coloring. If you are unaware, often times Gay Culture will stand behind a rainbow flag. I think that the metaphor is obvious; all the colors of the rainbow representing all types of people. The text at the bottom reads, "Lovebirds Sing Freely," meaning in part that Love's sweet song is free to us all regardless. I think that's is apart of the best of humanity, the ability to love and love freely.

This piece is a more editorial type of piece than I've been doing in the past. I am putting in an effort to broaden my horizons and to develop a quicker process in hopes of courting some publishing work for not only online sources, but also the traditional sources like newspapers and magazines. So, look for more pieces like this in the near future.

This push towards an editorial style dove tails nicely with the recent 4 Week Challenge** over at Zero2Illo.com. I really enjoyed the 12 Week Challenge, but was unable to finish it, sad to say. In part I fell off the trail at 'build a website' week, along with the pending trips at that time to the IMC followed by ICON. As the saying goes, "Fall down 7 times, get up 8." This is me, picking things back up again, moving forward the best I can.
I really enjoy recieving feed back on the work, the writing, and the messages, so please feel free to drop me a line, or to leave a comment on the blog.

Best Wishes,
Brian
{p.s. If you haven't already, please mosey on over to the blog's new home on www.StudioBowesArt.com I will refresh this blog for a while, but eventually everything is going to move onto my website. So please, follow the link on over and adjust your blog readers accordingly. Thank you!}

*San Francisco Chronicle Article

**The 4 Week Challenge

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16. Society of Illustrators #53 Submissions

Brian Bowes Jetcycle Getaway

Well, wish me luck, the images have been submitted and the bill has been paid! Now it's all up to the judges at this year's Society of Illustrators annual show/ contest to vote on this year's winners and participants in the 53rd Illustration Annual.

For my submissions, I had to balance the cost and the number of images that I could afford to submit. I felt that 4 of the images that were created over the last year would be a nice representation. Of course I wanted to submit the piece that I did for the IMC, that was such a formative experience that I wanted to show the final piece. Also, in keeping with the Steampunk vibe, I entered my cover illustration for Steampunk Magazine #6.

Brian Bowes Steampunk Magazine Cover issue number 6

Next up for submission and in a different genre, is the wraparound cover completed for PM Press' Noir Anthology;"Send My Love and A Molotov Cocktail." I submitted this one because of the over all feeling of the image, and because it is a little more concept and a little less figurative work, and besides all that, I just like it.

Brian Bowes Love and a Molotov Cocktail wraparound cover

And finally, the piece that I have been working on for the past month or so, and that was alluded to in an earlier post, "A Curious Introduction!"

Brian Bowes Lending A Helping Hand self promo piece

Watch for an upcoming process post about the creation of not only this image, but of the whole promotional piece that this is a part of, and of the considerations behind the core concept. But for now, these are my four entries, and I feel that they do represent where I've been and where I am at. Of course I live in hope that maybe one or more of these images might be chosen to be amongst the prestigious pages of the Society of Illustrators Illustration Annual #53! Only time will tell.

Links to other blog posts:

Click here to read more about the "Jetcycle Getaway," and part of my IMC experience.

Click here to read about the creation of Ol' No.6.

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17. Steps in the Right Direction

Summary: What follows here is my story of becoming involved with my immediate neighborhood to solve the issue of an unsightly asphalt ramp. The result is an example of how we can use the power of illustration better the world we all live in.

Read the complete blog post here: steps-in-the-right-direction

Dear Reader,
Please note that I do publish my blogs primarily from my website. If you would like to stay up to date, use the above link, and you can subscribe to the RSS feed there. ~ Thank you, Brian

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18. “RGK; The Art of Roy G. Krenkel”: A book review


Summary: I randomly selected the book, “RGK, The Art of Roy G. Krenkel” off of my shelves of inspiration to do a book review. Along with a brief overview of the book’s contents there are some of my opinions about aesthetics in fantasy art.

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Dear Reader,
Please note that I do publish my blogs primarily from my website. If you would like to stay up to date, use the above link, and you can subscribe to the RSS feed there. ~ Thank you, Brian

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19. Free Fall Friday – April

Brian Bowes sent in this illustration, titled “Dreaming On Paper” for April’s call for illustrations. The image it’s self is of the April Fool and her dog, letting go of her work onto the winds of the world, and what comes back to her is her muse. There’s no official story that goes with this image, only the story that we bring to it. (watercolor 10.25×15.5″).

Brain loves creating images of wonder and adventure. He loves the whole process. He believes that beautiful images, and well told stories can help to remind us of the magic in our own lives. His work consists of fantastical watercolors, created with care and attention. His affection for the wondrously fantastical, may stem from my early exposure to the likes of Ray Bradbury. You can visit Brian at: http://studiobowesart.com/

Writers: You have a few days left to write a first page using the picture prompt below.

Please attach your double spaced, 12 point font, 23 line first page to an e-mail and send it to kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com. Also cut and paste it into the body of the e-mail. Put “April 22nd First Page Prompt” in the subject line.

ILLUSTRATORS: Here is your chance to show off a little. I am looking for illustrations that celebrtes the month of April. This gives you a lot of leeway. I may post some as they come in during the, but I will definitely post all on April 30th, so I need to receive your illustrations no later than April 24th. Please make sure the illustration is at least 500 pixels wide and includes a blurb about you and a link to see more of your work. Please send it to kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com and put “April Illustration” in the subject box.

Thank you Illustrators! I’m loving the logos that have been sent in for the conference bags. Great job!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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20. Free Fall Friday – April

Brian Bowes sent in this illustration, titled “Dreaming On Paper” for April’s call for illustrations. The image it’s self is of the April Fool and her dog, letting go of her work onto the winds of the world, and what comes back to her is her muse. There’s no official story that goes with this image, only the story that we bring to it. (watercolor 10.25×15.5″).

Brain loves creating images of wonder and adventure. He loves the whole process. He believes that beautiful images, and well told stories can help to remind us of the magic in our own lives. His work consists of fantastical watercolors, created with care and attention. His affection for the wondrously fantastical, may stem from my early exposure to the likes of Ray Bradbury. You can visit Brian at: http://studiobowesart.com/

Writers: You have a few days left to write a first page using the picture prompt below.

Please attach your double spaced, 12 point font, 23 line first page to an e-mail and send it to kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com. Also cut and paste it into the body of the e-mail. Put “April 22nd First Page Prompt” in the subject line.

ILLUSTRATORS: Here is your chance to show off a little. I am looking for illustrations that celebrtes the month of April. This gives you a lot of leeway. I may post some as they come in during the, but I will definitely post all on April 30th, so I need to receive your illustrations no later than April 24th. Please make sure the illustration is at least 500 pixels wide and includes a blurb about you and a link to see more of your work. Please send it to kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com and put “April Illustration” in the subject box.

Thank you Illustrators! I’m loving the logos that have been sent in for the conference bags. Great job!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Filed under: authors and illustrators, children writing, Conferences and Workshops, inspiration Tagged: April Illustrations, Brian Bowes, Dreaming On Paper
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21. Illustrator Saturday – Brian Bowes

Brian Bowes sent me an illustration for April and I was taken by his talent. and had to share him with you.  He lives in San Francisco, CA with his lovely wife, 2 cats and a dog. He attended and graduated from the Santa Rosa Junior College with an AA in Graphic Design. From there hewent to and graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts (now titled the California College of the Arts.)

He loves drawing, and like so many people, he started when he was really young with the encouragement of his family. Somewhere along the way he got the bug for watercolor painting.  He admires the works of Andrew Wyeth as well as some of the artists from the Golden Age of British Watercolor. Currently Brian is pursuing work in the field of Children’s Books, Middle Readers specifically.

This project is one of those times when there’s a real harmony between art and family.  In the later part of 2011, Uncle Ed began to put together a collection of his own original songs for a CD project that he was working on. Some of the songs had been percolating for quite some time, while others were a bit more off-the-cuff. It was a perfect moment for us to work together, and to both do what we love to do.

A bit of backstory here, even as a very small boy, I can remember my Uncle playing his guitar in my Grandparents home. He played a wide range of music, ranging from Classical to Bluegrass. Our whole family has been pretty well steeped in Bluegrass for a long time. His musical journey didn’t stop there, he moved on to other types of music that fascinated him: Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Cowboy songs, and more recently the sweeter side of Jazz Guitar.

His CD, The Beverly Waltz, shows off many of his influences from the first notes picked out on his banjo in the opening song entitled “Going Down to Upperville”, to lyrical and romantically slow waltz of the title track “The Beverly Waltz.” As the music rolls on one can easily imagine warm evenings on a back porch watching the evening sunset as the world rolls by. There’s a wonderful sincerity to each of the tracks. So, as I embarked to create an image that might begin to encapsulate some of the energy and emotion that his music evoked, I began where illustrators always begin; thumbnails. Lots and lots of thumbnails.

Isolating part of the painting for the insert was fun too. I spend so much of my time with my nose about 6 inches away from the paper, that it’s pretty gratifying to show off a smaller more intimate selection from the painting. Also, the flow of the dress was another of the key elements that my Uncle tuned in to early on in the process, so it was nice to highlight it a bit.

To start with, I like to give a lot of thought to the concept and the overall design of a project, and these usually come out in the thumbnails. In this particular case I started with listening to an early version of the CD and tried to match that up with the original ideas that my Uncle had presented me with. While I was listening to the music, there were some tonal qualities that stood out to me: delicate, relaxed rolling, lyrical, and warm. I knew th

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22. Free Fall Friday – Guest Critiquer Susan Hawk

I know all of you expected to read the first pages submitted and what Susan Hawk had to say about each of them, but Susan’s computer crashed and it’s at the doctors. So I am going to put up July’s Picture Prompt today, instead of next Friday and post Susan’s comments for June on July 6th. On the bright side, this give you more time to write. Here is the First Page Picture Prompt created by illustrator Brian Bowes for July:

Brian Bowes was featured this year on Illustrator Saturday.  http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/illustrator-saturday-brian-bowes/ I think all of Brian’s illustrations could tell lots of stories, so I think you will have fun writing for this one. You can see more of Brian’s work by visiting his website: www.studiobowesart.com

WRITERS:  Please attach your double spaced, 12 point font, 23 line first page to an e-mail and send it to kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com. Also cut and paste it into the body of the e-mail. Put “July 23rd First Page Prompt” in the subject line.

ILLUSTRATORS: You still have until July 26th to submit an illustration for June. I’m looking for illustrations that are “Out of this world”.  I am going to let you interpret that and use your imagination.  So show off a little and send it something for July. I will post the illustrations as they come in during the month, but I will definitely post all by July 31st. Please make sure the illustration is at least 500 pixels wide and include a blurb about yourself and a link to see more of your work. Please send it to kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com and put “June Illustration” in the subject box.

Check back next week for Susan Hawk and June’s first page critiques.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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23. 1 Goal: 1 Painting, 1 Week; Icabod’s Ride Home


Summary: In a rush to submit work for an upcoming SCBWI conference, I share my process of painting Icabod Crane, which was developed over the course of a week.



I’ve been developing my own adaptation for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in preparation for the upcoming SCBWI LA conference in August. There will be an workshop for Illustrator/Writers called a “First Look.” This my fledgling foray out onto the winds of storytelling, although those who know me, will know that I do love telling some pretty windy tales!

Read more on my website: StudioBowesArt.com

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24. Free Fall Friday

You still have a few days to submit you first page picture prompt for agent Sean McCarthy from Sheldon Fogelman Agency to critique. 

Illustrators:  No one has sent anything for me to show off.  Was “Out of this World” to hard? Heck, any animal doing human things could be considered “Out of this World”.  I hope you will send something in, because it give you a chance to be seen and everyone loves the artwork. 

A little bit about Sean McCarthy:  He is drawn to flawed, multi-faceted characters with devastatingly concise writing in YA, and boy-friendly mysteries or adventures in MG. In picture books, he looks more for unforgettable characters, off-beat humor, and especially clever endings. He is actively looking for new clients, but he is not currently interested in high fantasy, message-driven stories, historical fiction or query letters that pose too many questions.

Here is the prompt for July:

Brian Bowes was featured this year on Illustrator Saturday. http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/illustrator-saturday-brian-bowes/ I think all of Brian’s illustrations could tell lots of stories, so I think you will have fun writing for this one. You can see more of Brian’s work by visiting his website: www.studiobowesart.com

WRITERS: Please attach your double spaced, 12 point font, 23 line first page to an e-mail and send it to kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com. Also cut and paste it into the body of the e-mail. Put “July 23rd First Page Prompt” in the subject line.

ILLUSTRATORS: You still have until July 26th to submit an illustration for June. I’m looking for illustrations that are “Out of this world”. I am going to let you interpret that and use your imagination. So show off a little and send it something for July. I will post the illustrations as they come in during the month, but I will definitely post all by July 31st. Please make sure the illustration is at least 500 pixels wide and include a blurb about yourself and a link to see more of your work. Please send it to kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com and put “June Illustration” in the subject box.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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25. Waltzing Into The New Year

Summary: I don't believe that anyone get's anywhere without help from the people around them. It is through this network of mutual support that beautiful things can emerge. This is the tale of just such a project.



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