Book illustrator specialising in depicting the natural world

“Old school but definitely very cool!” is a comment recently made about the work of Brian Barfoot. Poles apart from Artificial Intelligence, Brian’s vibrant and detailed bespoke hand-drawn illustrations have been displayed in publications and on merchandise worldwide.

“Judge a book by its cover. That’s why they have them.”

London publisher, who wishes to remain anonymous

“A house without books is like a room without windows.”

Horace Mann

Scholarships in both fine art and graphic design and a strong interest of both natural history and literature cumulated in a passion for creating book cover art. The publication of Brian’s own non-fiction book, containing 80 wildlife illustrations, Barfoot’s Bestiary – drawing the birds and beasts was borne out of his 35 year friendship with the legendary Hollywood actress Tippi Hedren. The book was published specifically to raise funds for Tippi’s private big cat preserve.

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.”

Henry Miller

A manifold collection of magazines and merchandise have featured Brian’s artwork but he is especially proud that Roger Caras, author and 14th president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, choose him to illustrate the ASPCA’s calendar and, subsequently, to headline the organisation’s online donation campaign.


Latest news – Brian has currently completed a cover design concept for Mungo Park’s seminal exploration book Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa.

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”

Jorge Luis Borges