Edward McGowan Illustration

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Illustration for Cottage Life Magazine

Edward McGowan is an Edinburgh based illustrator with a keen eye for bright colors and rough textures.

This particular illustration, created for Cottage Life Magazine, features a white house surrounded by tall cone shaped clusters of trees and various patches of green. The composition draws one’s eye to the tiny house and skinny path, which connects the earth to the sea. The textures within this piece are coarse, and the illustration itself is reminiscent of those found in my old Social Studies books from elementary school.

Edward’s work is colorful, imaginative, and just fun to look at. He uses lines sparingly, only to depict what’s important, and I just can’t get enough of his rough textures! Definitely check out more work at his website.

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Illustration for The Times Newspaper (look at the Oompa Loompas!)

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Illustration for The Times Newspaper

Edward McGowan

Illustration for Quill and Quire Magazine

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Illustration for The Times Newspaper

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Illustration for The Times Newspaper

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Illustration for The Times Newspaper

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Wow, I especially like the top illustration!

Nice works indeed! Love the library/keyboard piece, love the concept and use of colours!

Wow, Great works.Never thought textures would give such an impact on illustrations.Very much liked the 6th illustration with such good color variation of earth,boat & river.

Another Brian Cronin knock off.

This kind of thing amazes me – here you have someone technically skilled with a talent for visualization who has decided to completely rip off someone’s style. Really. I’m trying to be objective but what the hell? It’s genuinely sad to see someone talented be so insecure about their abilities and default to someone else’s style:

http://www.briancronin.com/brian_cronin.html

skeletor |

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Hello,
Thanks for all the very nice comments:)

In response to the not so nice ones:

I’m surprised you’re pinning me down to Cronin, and I’m very flattered in part.My linework and composition may have similarities but my pallette and textures are completely different.

I’m far more influenced by Indian Matchbox art, stamps, golden age comics, Frank Espinosa and the wonderful Milton Caniff(Terry and the pirates in particular).

Cronin has exceptional variation of style which could easily fit lots of current illustrators working today, hence his success. As an illustrator I’m no more influenced than anyone else, without the likes of Pierre Le-Tan, Seymour Chwast, David Sutter and Jean Michel Folon, there would possibly be no Cronin.

Edward
You can SAY what you want. The work tells a different story.

nick w |

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Not even close. Nice work.

Daniel |

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Awesome stuff! Really amazing textures. Good Work!

The comparisons to Brian Cronin are silly. Their work is quite different.

I prefer this guy’s work.

Completely different to Cronin!
Some people need to get a life!

Really great Illustrations! One to watch!

Jake |

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your illustration work is really nice – i like the style, love the colours too. really nice vibrancy. i can see a similarity between this work and cronin, but it is in no way a rip! you could just about pick any bloody illustrator, designer, architect, whatever in the world today and compare him to someone that has went before.

foolish comments from nick & skeletor (good name skeletor, you likes the superted?)

edward is 100% his own illustrator.

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