Illustration is artwork used to clarify or illuminate an idea or concept
– Richard Cowdrey, NY Times Bestselling Illustrator

Richard Cowdrey is well known for illustrating many beautiful children’s picture books, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Bad Dog, Marley! Over the past twenty five years he has worked with most of the top publishers: Harper Collins, Scholastic Inc., Simon & Schuster, Zondervan, Random House, Harcourt, McMillan McGraw Hill, Bantam Books, Grosset & Dunlap, Penguin Publishing, Workman Publishing, and Harvest House.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Cowdrey graduated from The Columbus College of Art and Design in 1981. He has since been a freelance illustrator working with many distinguished clients, including: Chase Manhattan Bank, National Football League, National Hockey League, World Wildlife Federation, Honda Inc., Ducks Unlimited, American Kennel Club, Kimberley Clark, Longaberger, Mead Papers, Wendy’s International, Weyerhaeuser, Focus on the Family, and many more.

Richard’s love for family and nature overflows into his illustrations which are enjoyed by children around the world. The artist lives in Ohio with his wife and has four grown children and five grandchildren. When not painting in his studio, Richard enjoys visiting schools to share with children his love of illustration.

Mission: Fundamentally, illustration is artwork used to clarify or illuminate an idea or concept. Creating a successful illustration is a process of collaboration between illustrator and designer, a process of directing and taking direction, of concepting and exchanging ideas, and completion of final artwork. My desire is to serve each client with honesty and integrity, integrity in taking direction, meeting deadlines, and in the financial aspect of every job.

I am very thankful to be able to do the type of work I love to do. I recognize where the talent and opportunities come from and desire to honor God with my work and with my life. I care greatly about each piece of art I work on; I care ultimately about each person I work with.