Alan Rowe - illustration


About Me

self portrait

I've been working as a freelance Illustrator since 1985, after completing a degree in Graphic Design, at Kingston, specializing in Illustration.
Huge thanks go to the legendary, Brian Love, for sharing his vast knowledge and passion for illustration.

Over the years I've evolved from a charcoal wielding, Luddite, into a more or less fully paid up member of the digital age.
In the early days of my illustration career, EVERYTHING was hand drawn and coloured using inks, coloured pencil or marker pen. After one disaster with a bottle of ink too many, probably caused by the cat, I embraced the computer age and it's many benefits, not least the undo command! Now, whilst still relying on pencil and paper to get the ball rolling, most of the images I produce, are largely digitally generated.

The majority of my work is now produced in Adobe Illustrator. Roughs for the final image are still drawn in pencil, then scanned in as templates for the final vector based artwork.

My other colour or monochrome style involves the same initial pencil rough stage, but the line is subsequently hand drawn with an old fashioned impliment known as a pen then scanned in to Adobe photoshop, where the colour or tone is applied.

I also produce black and white line drawings, which are scanned in and provided digitally.

By visiting the various galleries on this site, you should get a fair idea of the range of work I do.

I have attempted to organize the illustrations into groups, but some fall into more than one category, so it's probably worth a quick look through all the galleries and albums.