January 2019

Sleeping Cat
My goal for this illustration was to create a sleeping cat from the shape of a circle, in my minimalist style. Through my ideation stage I drew 28 different variations of this cat – from sketching to vector illustrations. After my executions, I decided to challenged myself and take my top two illustrations (left) and develop a simple gif animation with minimal frames.

Is this cat yawning or meowing… maybe both?

 


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January 2019

Exquisite Defenders
Quick study of Neapolitan guards from the 1800’s.

 


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January 2019

Patagonia, Eat Local
I created a series of illustrations for Patagonia and this illustration made through. You can purchase this tee on Patagonia’s website.

USA residents, purchase here: Patagonia, Eat Local Tee
CAN residents, purchase here: Patagonia, Eat Local Tee

 

The above photo of model and tee is property of Patagonia.



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January 2019

Happy 2019!
Happy New Year! Going into 2019 like... WOOHOO. This greeting is brought to you by the numbers 2, 0, 1, and 9.

 

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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December 2018

Pelican On Water
Bold fills with rolling lines depicting a pelican on the water.

 


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December 2018

2018 Review
Over this past year I created 55 illustrations. Some personal explorations and other client brand and illustration related work.

 


December 2018

Sasquatch Hop Brewery
Combining two elements for a distinct, larger than life mark.

 


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December 2018

Snowshoeing Santa Claus
Santa Claus carrying his present filled bag. Created with LEGO, imagination and my 2 kids. I have a confession... in my spare time I still love creating with Lego.

 


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December 2018

Happy Holidays!
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.

 


December 2018

American Freedom
Simple mark resembling the letters, ‘A’ and ‘F’, with added symbolism of the American flag. America, land of the free.

 


December 2018

Trio
Wordmark exploration with hand styled lettering with some character : )

 


November 2018

Factory Icon Set
It took me several days to sketch out ideas (these are only a few of them) but I finally completed these simplified historical factory icons. Check back in two weeks to purchase.

 


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November 2018

Wild Turkey
Illustrated this for the upcoming holiday. Wishing you all a great Thanksgiving!

 


November 2018

Wool Made
Simple marks with options.

 


November 2018

Clydesdale: Process Illustration
This is my linear process for creating icons and illustrations. The same process I utilize for creating large design applications – it’s just shortened based on a single artifact. Some may think this work is easy, but it’s not. It’s a meticulous process and draws upon research in order to sketch, ideate – to create visual balance, alignment and readability until realized. This process took me a half a day… without client input.



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November 2018

United Vote
On November 6th, stand strong, get out and vote, and shape the future.

 


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October 2018

Red Crowned Crane
Another Sunday afternoon sketch, realized. In Japan this crane is sacred. It’s a symbol of happiness, eternal youth, fidelity, good luck, love and long life.

 


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October 2018

Kanga & Joey
A Sunday afternoon sketch that ended up as an illustration.

 


October 2018

Scout
Badge exploration design.

 


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October 2018

Flying Dutchman
Simple, boxy modern serif display font. Want it? Of course you can.

Purchase Font:
Vector display font for $95.00 USD. Interested? E-mail, michael@mkn-design.com and request. We accept Apple Pay and Venmo. When payment is received, we will send the display font with an EULA via e-mail.