Burd Cottage is a little house in Burdel where a family of Burdz live, with lots of rabbits too it would seem.
It shows Max’s imaginary world as an idilic and peaceful place for this family. This image wasn’t used for final publication as the house style was changed.
The book contains many pictures and is a great story for children. It was published through Melrose Publishing and is available on Amazon. Reading this story gives a true insight into the lives of the Burdz and their character. Burd Cottage was originally a Black and white sketch and was later coloured.
In most of his cartoons you will see all sorts of creatures lurking in the in bushes or among the trees. He loved to make them up and you will often see them repeated throughout his work. Insects and bugs with exclamations, is a firm favourite. He liked to wonder how they would see our world.
The burdz were also put into all other walks of life and he found many ways to show them in humorous situations. Some of the cartoons are very detailed with so much going on it takes many views to see all the hidden jokes.
He also created a cartoon strip about a pirate named “Capt’n Jake”. This was many years ahead of its time and although originated over 50 years ago, is still very current when you read them today. There is also his abstract paintings and his sculptures, which are all available on his website. They all contribute to a lifetime of creativity.
Since resurrecting Max’s drawing and digitising them for his website, we found and cataloged many hundreds of lovely drawings.
Many images were later coloured by his friend John Barry and printed, along with the rest of the set, for his exhibition in 2015.
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