Mark Burrier is an illustrator and cartoonist whose 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, and Bell Sports. Mark’s illustrations have been shown in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, France, and Denmark. A lifelong skateboarder himself, his artwork regularly appears on skateboards and apparel for Coda Skateboards.
Growing up, Mark was heavily influenced by the ‘80s-90s DIY independent music scene 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 as well as 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+ posts 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 creativity in drawing workshops and participatory art exhibitions.
Mark currently lives in Frederick, Maryland with his wife, puppy, and their ever-accumulating book collection.
I do drawing commissions. Just email me your idea and we’ll go from there.