EW and ''Esquire'' showcase the caricaturist's painterly talent

By EW Staff
Updated July 28, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Illustrator Tim Bower has a secret: ”I’ve been working for EW for about three years now, but I don’t watch TV, and I see very few Hollywood movies, so [the designers] must think I’m inept when they call. Because more often than not, I don’t know who the hell they’re talking about.” Such a revelation might have gotten Bower, 38, booted off the EW island if it weren’t for his ability to do painterly portraits of such far-flung celebs as Edward Norton, Fran Drescher, and William Shakespeare. Despite his skill, he says, ”I don’t consider celebrity caricature my forte. I’m continually humbled by incredible work that’s out there.” So, in addition to depicting famous faces, Bower works for magazines like Esquire and enjoys illustrating fiction. ”A lot of people have a niche or genre that they work in consistently,” says the Brooklyn-based Bower, a graduate of San Francisco’s Academy of Art College. ”I’m all over the board. It’s exciting to have a call come in to do a piece about a murder story, and it’s also nice to do a goofy little caricature of Santana.”