Chronicles is a repository of my personal illustrations, collaborative projects, inspiration, curiosity, and worthwhile studies deposited here for visitors to enjoy and experience.

 

Please Note:
All illustrations and photographs are copyrighted under mkn design, do not reproduce without expressed written consent. If you would like to license or purchase any illustration from this blog, please contact me via e-mail.

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August 2017

Stand Up!
Stand up! Shout out love, not hate. Together, let’s use or hands to unite not separate (the shapes represent humanity collectively working to unite for peace).

“If You’re Not Outraged, You’re Not Paying Attention” – Heather Heyer

 


August 2017

Depths of Despair
“The depth of our despair measures what capability and height of claim we have to hope.” ―Thomas Carlyle.

 


August 2017

Community of Illustrators
Illustration is a vital part of design, and as an illustrator and graphic designer I have found there is a lack of understanding about illustration, what illustrators do, best practices, and ethics. The challenges that need to be addressed are broad and my hope is for open dialog with colleges and universities, design and marketing agencies, and large businesses via The Illustration League
Because of these needs, TIL board members and myself wrote an article, "Building An Illustration Community” for Rapid Growth Media. The article is a basic introduction on who illustrators are, their challenges, and most importantly the need for an illustration community.

 




Currently, TIL is working towards creating a more grounded, whole version of ourselves. We will continue to evolve and grow based on the needs of our community.

If you have questions or want to learn more about TIL, please contact me.



July 2017

John Lennon
Simplified portrait of Lennon. “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”

 


July 2017

Herman Miller, Threads Portraits
Worked alongside of Mark Beard and Herman Miller to create portrait illustrations of Steve Frykholm and Clark Malcolm for THREADS. Threads is an interactive journey through the history of Herman Millers design, ideas and people. Design of cards by Mark Beard.

 




These simple line portraits were started several years as a fun series of portraits for my Facebook friends, which then turned into a series for the CanUX conference in Ottawa Ontario – you can view the collection under: CanUX conference on this website.

You may also read an article about it here: Face Behind The Faces



July 2017

American Flag Posters
This was collaborative project brought together by 4 professional designers (Brian Edlefson, Terrance Weinzierl, Jody Williams, and myself, Michael Nÿkamp) with the common goal of working on interesting visual ideas.

 



Purchase Prints
You may purchase these limited addition, screen printed American flag posters by the Citizen Project for $75.00 USD on www.mmmgoodart.com. These prints are signed and named by the respected desginer. Framing, shipping and handling not included in the above price.



July 2017

Canada 150 Anniversary Mark
Happy 150th Birthday to my homeland of Canada! This mark I worked symbolizes a bursting maple leaf and is paired with the tall and proud font, Alternate Gothic.

 

 


The design of this mark still honors the Canadian maple leaf motif. I took this motif; deconstructed, simplified and created a 'bursting' maple leaf, similar to fireworks exploding. Overall the visual metaphor expresses: celebration, emotion, and feels dynamic, just as the country of Canada and it's people.



June 2017

Birth Of Peace
“War forgets peace. Peace forgives war.” ~ Sri Chinmoy.

 


June 2017

Summer Vibes
Simple mark portraying the summer sun and ocean. Looks good embroidered on a cap as well.

 


June 2017

Dueling Cherries
Pattern exercise with one illustrated cherry cluster. From illustration, to pattern, to product application.

 


June 2017

Pushup
Visual word narrative exercise. Illustrated shadowed letter forms created by mkn design.

 


June 2017

Suburbia
Endless urban sprawl roof tops.

 

 

Purchase Print:
This 11" x 17" Suburbia illustration (artwork approx. 11.5" x 6") is printed with archival inks on archival paper and can be purchased for $85.00 USD. If you are interested please e-mail and provideyour address, for shipping cost purposes at: michael@mkn-design.com.

* These prints are signed and named by the illustrator. Framing, shipping and handling not included in the above price.



June 2017

Scandinavian Sunrise
Roof tops and a rising bronze sun

 


May 2017

Bathing Couple Prints
A series I have been working on in the last three weeks – minimal lines paired with a bold background in various options. You may purchase these–see information.

 



Purchase Prints:
If you are interested in purchasing one of more of theseillustrations. Below are 3 options, please let me know your choice and provide me your address (for shipping cost purposes). Please e-mail me details at: michael@mkn-design.com

  1. Bathing Couple: $85.00 USD. Printed on 80 lb archival paper (size 4x5)*
  2. Bathing Woman: $45.00 USD. Printed on 80 lb archival paper (size 4x5)*
  3. Bathing Man: $45.00 USD. Printed on 80 lb archival paper (size 4x5)*

    * These prints are signed and named by the illustrator. Framing, shipping and handling not included in the above price.


May 2017

The Monster Behind Pollution
"Pollution should never be the price of prosperity" Al Gore

 


May 2017

The Guardian
Simplified and modernized interpretation of a Lion Passant used as a heraldic symbol in the early-14th century.

 


April 2017

The Architecture of Transformative Experience
Thank you for spending time and speaking to us Steven Chaparro. Great talk on “The Architecture of Transformative Experience”. The best outtake from me was “Spatial Storytelling” – story and space need to harmonize to create strong and meaningful, transformational, and experiential brands. Thank you Carlos Estrada and AIGA WM putting this talk together.

 


April 2017

Bluejay Mark
More exploration on a simple mark for this bluejay paired with the typeface, Sofia Pro.

 


April 2017

Cardinal Mark
Illustrative exploration this morning with simple cardinal mark paired with the typeface, Sofia Pro by Mostardesign Type Foundry. C'est fantastique!

 


March 2017

Tongue Of Fire
Fire gently resting on index finger and thumb.