Marlowe was born in Florida to a mother with extraordinary artistic skills. He was greatly influenced by the vivid colors and textures of her Floridian art. He then continually defined his skills through his high school’s graphics programs.
While attending Ohio University, he studied graphic design and illustration with a talented group of professors who urged him to pursue commercial illustration. After receiving encouragement from his professors, he moved to New York City and found much success. His achievements include commissioned illustrations for The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Newsweek.
Marlowe then began illustrating children’s books. He eventually penned a Parent’s Choice award winner that was featured on the Today Show. Marlowe has illustrated over 100 magazines and book jackets, winning numerous illustration awards over the last 20 years. He currently resides in Wilmington, NC.
Artist Statement: Pulp art from the 1930s and 1940s represents the best of bold, heart-pumping colors, exaggerated type, and over-the-top graphics to illustrate adventure and fantasy stories. My work pays homage to these styles. I employ multi-media art techniques to create edgy texture and rich color for a vibrant experience. Combining hand-made paper with a dimensional format, shadows are created by the raised artwork so that the illustrations appear to come to life and engage the viewer. The large canvases grab you by the lapels and throw you into the action…are you brave enough to follow?