Mark Burrier is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist based in Frederick, MD. His work has received awards from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Print, American Illustration, 3×3 Magazine, HOW Magazine, STEP Inside Design, and the American Advertising Federation. His fluid brush line and reserved use of color and texture has been used by clients such as National Geographic, The Washington Post, Bell Sports, and Flying Dog Brewery. Mark’s illustrations have been shown in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, France, and Denmark. A lifelong skateboarder, his artwork regularly appears on skateboards and apparel for Coda Skateboards.
Mark was heavily influenced by 1980s-90s DIY independent music which inspired him to apply those same ethos towards publishing his art. He has been independently self-publishing and distributing his comics for over a decade in addition to being published internationally and appearing in various anthologies including Kramers Ergot. In 2007, his comic book Noose was nominated for an Ignatz Award and was named “Best Comic Book” by the Baltimore City Paper who called it “enigmatic and full of black humor.”
Since 2009, he has been creating illustrations for his drawing blog, Rare Words. The blog is a collaborative space where readers submit words that become the creative starting point for drawings. 250+ drawings later, this exercise has become a hardcover book collection, a folio of prints, and essentially a public sketchbook for Mark’s creative process. The blog has grown to become a public art project spawning elementary-to college-level creative brainstorming workshops and participatory art exhibitions.
Sketch based on a still from Inside the Artist’s Studio: Mark Burrier and His Rare Words, a video by Tim Martin.