Centered around women in all shapes and colors, Alexandra Bowman’s illustrations celebrate diversity and authentic female experiences. Through easily accessible mediums or public art, Bowman’s goal is to start a dialogue about the importance of representation and being seen in a world where some feel invisible.
An illustrator, designer, and muralist, her practice includes both traditional and digital mediums. According to her website, she tends to illustrate topics dealing with race, culture, gender, inclusivity, and relationships. Visually, her work uses scale as a metaphor for the importance of untold stories and is a dynamic balance of graphic and painterly elements.
“My work is only as exciting as my life experiences,” she stressed in an interview with Catapult. “If I don’t take care of myself, my work will suffer. I try and fit in personal projects whenever I have time, so I can constantly keep growing and improving as an artist. When I work with clients, it’s important for me to be a collaborator, staying open-minded and flexible, while bringing my own interests and style to the table.”
Having graduated with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, her clients include The New York Times, Pop Up Magazine and Food 52. “Most of my commissioned work is drawn digitally due to potential revisions and fast turnarounds,” she notes, “but I love experimenting with new materials.”
Her favorite tools include gouache colors, noting Acryla as her favorite brand. “You can purchase art supplies anywhere, but it’s really important to me to support local art shops,” says Bowman. “There’s nothing more fulfilling than exploring a physical art store. Creative ideas can be cultivated just from being in that space.”
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