We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexandra Bowman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexandra, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My business unfolded quite organically. I have always loved to draw, even as a child I was constantly drawing or painting something. I would spend hours looking at illustrations in glossy magazines and envision myself as an adult; standing in front of a large drafting table finishing an illustration for some important newspaper. After studying art in college, I worked in corporate offices as a designer and took illustration jobs on nights and weekends. I started small by selling my work at art markets, designing logos for local businesses, and illustrating posters for bands around town. Years went by and people started recognizing my work. My client list grew and I was getting contacted by major publications and companies worldwide. It felt surreal, my dream of illustrating full-time was suddenly in view. The next obvious step was to quit my day job and try working for myself. Since then, I haven’t looked back.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have many streams of artmaking. I am an editorial illustrator focusing on topics such as the environment, race and gender. I design a publication called Whetstone Magazine. I also paint murals and occasionally teach art to both teenagers and adults. My work mostly deals with representation, not only for myself but for the viewer. My style is figurative, yet minimal enough to invite the viewer to see themselves. It took many years of technical practice and life experience to develop my style and confidence as an artist. It was hard work, but my passion for art gave me drive.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
– Vintage shopping at Hidden Treasures in Topanga. – Antiquing in Agoura Hills – A drive through Topanga Canyon to sit on the beach – Thai food at Cholada Thai in Malibu – A hike in Pacific Palisades or Santa Monica Mountians – Dinner at Salsa + Beer or Casa Vega in the Valley. – Lunch at Sabor Colombiano – Ice cream at SomiSomi in Koreatown – Oyster House for a low key dive bar – Pre covid-19 I would have taken you salsa dancing at a La Descarga in Koreatown. After drinking mezcal cocktails at the bar, we would go on a quest for street tacos. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to shoutout Julia Rothman and Wendy MacNaughton for creating the platform Women Who Draw. The website spotlights illustration by women, women of color, LBTQ+ and other less visible groups of artists. The directory has lead to jobs for many, and confronts gender diversity within the illustration field.
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexbowman/?hl=en (@alexbowman)
Katrina Frederick for the Blue Cut apron + mask product shot