Illustrations by Bartosz Kosowski

Bartosz Kosowski is an illustrator, a graduate of English philology at the University of Wrocław and the Faculty of Graphics of the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. Currently, he runs the one-man Blackbirds Illustration studio, where he creates mainly portraits and press illustrations.  At the end of 2014, Kosowski’s illustrations were awarded three gold medals presented by American graphic design experts.

Kosowski is one of those artists who is more recognized and acknowledged abroad than in his own country. The graphic designer and English philologist have been cooperating for years with prestigious periodicals from all over the world, including The New Yorker, The New Republic and Perspective.

Yet, Kosowski has so far never been awarded in Poland, nor has he made it into any Polish illustration exhibitions. Let’s hope that his American successes will finally raise interest in his works here at home.

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BEWARE! Variations on Allerdale Hall’s Iconic Coat of Arms

The skull-faced seal looming above CRIMSON PEAK’s Allerdale Hall has loomed large in viewers’ imaginations ever since the trailer first dropped: “There’s a weird ornate carving, which turns out to be a bloody mask — and then the camera pulls back, and it’s part of an ornate family crest.” A classic Del Toro design!

Below are artistic variations glimpsed in the film’s promo art, including one enshrined in jewelry by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.



Ad Montes Oculos Levavi: “I shall lift up mine eyes unto the hills.”

The Skull Crest: 2 1/8” wide, 2 1/2” tall. Antiqued pewter, 18” chain.


Illustrations by Bartosz Kosowski

I am an illustrator based in Lodz, Poland. Dealing mostly with portraits and editorial illustration, I have cooperated with numerous clients such as “The New Yorker”, “The New Republic”, “11 Freunde”, “Perspective”, Apent Rom", “Gazeta Wyborcza” and “Newsweek”. My illos have been selected and awarded by Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, European Design Awards and Associazione Culturale Good Design.