Category Archives: Design

Foxtrots for Green Hill Gallery…

Recently arrived back from a lovely long visit to France where I was out and about on my bike drawing châteaux here and there and the odd old farm house, stopping regularly at bars and cafes soaking up the local ambience… and wine!

Back in the UK and drawing… as I needed to get some images to the Cottage Hill Gallery near Bath ready for their new show, British Flora and Fauna. My contribution, these four pen and ink foxes:




Rowan designs Logo for 2014 Charity Adventure Challenge…

As the Tour de France raced around the French countryside
it was time for me to send off the 2014 Challenge Adventure Charities logo.
I’ve been creating different logos for this 500 mile cycle team
relay ride for over eighteen years.
This great event has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for
charities across the UK.

I cycled the Challenge for four years after chiropractor san diego treatment… ately I
just scribble up a logo for them… but who knows, maybe I’ll ride the
Challenge again sometime? I’d better get out there and start training!
Good luck to all the teams for the 2014 Challenge!

More details about the event can be found here





Wild About Waitrose! – New pack designs

Stand by your ovens! I have just finished a series of packaging for foodie gurus, David & Oliver who have devised a range of truly scrumptious sauces, stocks and soups called Wild About Britain. I was asked to devise characters for the packs, illustrations and an animation for the website. Delicious Wild About Britain products can be found in Waitrose and other good stores near you! Enjoy!

David&Oliver_Wild-About CoverRoyal-Game_StockVenison,-Mushroom-&-Whisky_Pasta-Sauce





Greetings…..ever been looking for something?

Only to come across it in an unexpected place?

Such moments can be the inspiration for great works of art…..

Tuba player surprise greetings card by Rowan Barnes-Murphy published by Peartree-Heybridge

Tuba player surprise greetings card by Rowan Barnes-Murphy published by Peartree-Heybridge

(Do not try this at home)

Here’s another one which I drew a little later.

Congratulations greetings card

Flowers and good wishes a congratulation card by Rowan Barnes-Murphy Published by Peartree-Heybridge

The complete series was published by Peartree-Heybridge .

Baby Cakes – for grown ups……

It was just another cold, dreary, grey, rainy, day….then the phone rang.

Another job but this one was different, very different. it involved cake. Lots of it. Piled up in beautiful irresistible creations. Gorgeous three dimensional edible sculptures complete with exquisite surface design. Finished of with a large dose of sophisticated wit and much licking of lips.

My brief: to create a brand identity from logo through to stationery for a cake company-Yum.

I was going to accept this commission. I did. Now I’m on a diet.




Click on a cake and go straight to the Baby Cakes site where you too can buy and eat cake.

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