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Dan Bowden
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Ollie the cat by UrbanGerbils, visual art


Rus and Nutty by UrbanGerbils, visual art

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  • Aug 8
  • United Kingdom
  • Deviant for 14 years
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My Bio

Dan Bowden. Cartoonist/ illustrator. Creator of URBAN GERBILS the Comic strip

Previously published in The Camden New Journal, The Islington Tribune and The West End Weekly.

My profile:

Part time cartoonist/illustrator/portrait artist: Open to commissions.

Raised in South East London on a TV diet of Tom and Jerry, Looney tunes and Snoopy

Drawing my own characters since age 10

Studied narrative image making at the London College of Communication in 2001

Had rough Urban Gerbils strip ideas before college, developed them, shelved them, rebooted them 2009 to present.

I Like to experiment with different styles of art. Cartooning is my main thing though.

I'm a self confessed Snoopy and Malteser addict.

Happily married to Vamperin (vamperin.deviantart.com/ ) We have two gorgeous daughters, Shayla-May and Alana and our 😜 crazy twin boys Eben and Elis.

Current Residence: North London

Favourite genre of music: indie/rock

Favourite style of art: Surreal

Operating System: Scalpel, Laughing gas

Favourite cartoon character: snoopy

Quote:“Nuns..No sense of humor!" :The Kurgen

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Favourite Visual Artist
Charles M Shulz, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Crumb, Bill Waterson, Salvador Dali
Favourite Movies
Fight club/ Every Marvel movie but not DC apart from suicide squad and the first Batman movie. The one with Michael Keaton.
Favourite TV Shows
Walking dead, GOT, The stand, Umbrella academy, Doom patrol, Superstore
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Alice Cooper, Foo Fighters, Muse, Feeder, Royal blood, Nirvana, Nothing but thieves
Favourite Books
Fight club, The Stand, The idiots guide to filling in favourite interests.
Favourite Games
Left 4 Dead+Left 4dead2
Favourite Gaming Platform
Xbox one
Tools of the Trade
The 4 'P's....pen/pencil/paper/photoshop


EssenceCartoon have really come up with the goods with their interpretation of my Urban gerbils strip 'Gum'. Originally it was going to be the milky coffee strip, but this one is funnier I think as it's short and to the point. Check it out on YouTube and let me know what you think: youtu.be/n4VVRz1nWBg EssenceCartoon links: https://instagram.com/essencecartoon/ https://www.youtube.com/user/essencecartoon http://essencecartoon.com/ https://twitter.com/essencecartoon https://www.pinterest.com/essencecartoon/funny-pictures/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Essence-Cartoon/469373499879708
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I’ve noticed a lot more deactivated accounts lately in the notifications list of deviants who’ve just faved my work. Is there a mass exodus going on?
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Thanks for the faves and the watch!

Yer welcome. Love your work

You are alive! Le Gasp I thought you disappeared like everyone else because of Eclipse. Welcome back. :aww:

Thanks! I’ve just been away working on a separate project. My novel ‘Scaresville’. The gerbils will be back soon

Ah, okay. Take your time, dude. :aww:

Thank you for the watch!!:huggle:

Thanks for the watch! ^u^