Alan Burton's Cartoons (And other art)

cow headSays Alan, "I am an illustrator, writer, author, poet, voice over artist, and creator of quotes and graphic images on novelty products. I was a late bloomer in all of these arenas. I did not have the opportunity to learn any of these avenues of expression while in school, so consequently I am self-taught in everything that I have managed to accomplish. As an illustrator, I began my career in the late 1980. I published for ‘The Dragon’ magazine – covers and interiors, and for their annual fantasy calendar. I provided October for five years. I also provided a book cover for a German book on Viking history. I have also done several book interiors for offbeat poetry publications. These were black and white pen and ink. I did covers for ‘Science and children’ magazine, as well as continuous work for ‘The Dragon’ magazine."


"In the mid - late 1980’s there appeared to be a glut in the market, so to speak, and nothing got published for several years. Then in 1991 I offered the illustration of the Heron on the lake. This was done for a local Nature and lake dwelling magazine the ‘Lake Boon Journal’. This became the permanent cover for this work. I put several of my images, in printed form, on greeting cards and ‘postcards’, which were sold in book stores locally and in Maryland. I also sold 8x10 prints of my work, and sold originals at illustrator/fantasy conventions. Although having published my work as I have, my goal is to illustrate a children’s fairytale book cover to cover. This is what I am really excited to try to attain, and why I send the link to my website to you."


witch"I began by studying the books that I grew up with as a child. Arthur Rackham, Edmond Dulac – illustrators of fairy-tales, and people like Frank Frazetta for fantasy. Also Harry Clark, who illustrated Edgar Allen Poe. I would study each illustration through a magnifying glass, and try to see just how and what they had done to create their magical masterpieces. It was indeed a wonderfully tedious way to learn, but my appreciation grew as to the incredible talent that I was witnessing. I knew this was what I wanted to try to do. And, although I know that I do not possess the brilliance of those mentioned, I feel that I do have something to offer that might again find its place in the fairytale market. This would be my goal, and always has been."


"From 1997 to 2008 I had a business building sets, props, toy prototypes, special effects, exhibit specialty pieces, stop motion animation and models. This took up a great deal of time and creative energy, and consequently I have not published much since 2001. However, I do still send out cards and prints for sales at a few stores. I have kept my hand at it, but until creating this website in September of this year, I haven’t sent illustrations to agents. Now I can and do. The internet never being available to me in the 80’s or 90’s."

 

friar Wizard Spider

 

Strange faces Viking

 

Bulbs Plants Woman and hat

 

Woman Blue castle

 

painting Castle

 

Castle lake bull skull

 

Unicorn Castle

 

Temple Skull

 

Castles and horsesCity wall Dragon

 

Circle Circle