Bob Guthrie

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Bob Guthrie, also known as Spirou (full name Robert Manuel Guthrie Alvarez; born 1964) is a American born, European raised artist whose funny animal art style has been a point of interest to the furry community from the early 1990s.


He lives since 1992 at the Hotel Yorba household in Orange County, California, U.S.A., along with artists Steve Martin and Doug Winger, has attended some furry conventions and meets, and has contributed art to various furry media such as the The American Journal of Anthropomorphics issue 1 (pages 9-14) and issue 2 (pages 37-42).

He served with the US Navy from 1985 to 1989 as an ASW Gunner's Mate


A self-taught modern and classic arts illustrator, he works in various media fields in Illustration, Graphic Designer, Computer 2D/3D Design, cartooning and animation, with the last one in the sub-fields of animation character design and background Illustrator.

Professional works (non-furry)[edit]

US and International Space Jam posters (pencils by Bob Guthrie)

A former WB consumer products & marketing artist, he has worked on several WB projects such as:

  • Additional characters for the 1994 Baby Looney Tunes character design book, initially designed by Frank Espinosa (Baby Pepe LePew and Penelope and Baby Marvin and K9).
  • Contributory conceptual animation character concepts and movie poster designs (domestic and international) for WBFA's Spacejam (1996).
  • The collaboratory design for the 1997 USPS/WBCP Bugs Bunny stamp, which included initial rough concepts, backgrounds, and cleanup. He would assist on the next two stamps of the series, Daffy Duck (backgrounds and cleanup), and Sylvester and Tweety (cleanup).
  • Support art for the Draw the Looney Tunes, the Warner Bros' character design manual, along with Frank Espinosa and San Wei Chan,[1]

Other non-furry works include product and toy design and development for such companies as Mattel, Playmates, Jakks Pacific, and Spinmasters.


  1. Animation World Magazine's review of the Draw the Looney Tunes, the Warner Bros' character design manual

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