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December 2017

Google Doodle
Google doodle built with blocks and photographed with an iPhone 7.

 


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December 2017

Frame Studio
Focal point on the ‘A’.

 


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December 2017

Pencils for Christmas
I received this wonderful pencil set for Christmas, called Perfetto Pencils by Louise Fili.  “My only complaint (politely filed, of course) is that there are never enough pencils in the office.” – I believe I have enough at present.

 


December 2017

Ramen House Mark
Chopsticks and ramen in a bowl.

 


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December 2017

Illustrated Poster for Fultonwood Type Foundry
Worked alongside FTF to produce an illustrative story that highlights traditional tools and methods of type design, typesetting, and graphic design, which they use as inspiration for new typefaces.

• Poster layout: Zac Freeland
• Photography by Hayley Sikorski

 



Purchase Print:
This 18" x 24" poster  is printed with archival inks on archival paper and can be purchased. If interested, please e-mail at: michael@mkn-design.com and provide your address for shipping and handling costs.

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



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December 2017

The Bunk House
Plan and simple mark that defines the name.

 


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December 2017

Belgium Hops
Fun little mark developed in my downtime this morning.

 


December 2017

Storyboarding Experiences
I worked alongside Mutually Human to concept an app design and storyboard the experience for Spectrum Health in 2013. The user centric illustrative slides helped engage conversation with Spectrum of varied experiences users could have while utilizing the app – from day-to-day activities to visit at the doctors office.

 


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December 2017

USA Flag Mark
Simplified representation of the American flag.

 


December 2017

Suburbia Print
Sending these two stark prints out today to good friends. Star Wonder (4x6 print, left) and Suburbia (11x17 print, in background). Interested in purchasing, please contact me.

 


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December 2017

North Shore
Simple mark utilizing iconic earth elements to depict growth and natural clothing brand. 

 


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November 2017

The Illustration League History
The Illustration League was founded under the principles of providing a place for professional illustrators to rely on each other for guidance through technique, negotiation, and ethics. It’s founders (Lucy Engelman & Michael Nÿkamp met for coffee in the fall of 2014 because they had been lacking professional relationships with peers who had reached the level of success and had the client lists they had. During this meeting, they decided this was a fundamental need for all professional illustrators and so the group was formed.

Their has always been an ongoing dialogue about the abstract nature of what the label of “Illustrator” in a professional capacity really means. TIL recognizes this title as a creator who fabricates unique images that are used as visual aids for a living. Te medium and application of these images is as wide spread as the scope of this organization’s members.

The difference between this group and other established illustration groups is that like design organizations, TIL recognizes that it’s members are more than fine artists. They are chameleons applying their craft much like designers do, in print, web, advertising, branding, product design, and many other avenues outside the gallery. TIL celebrates illustration as a professional commercial occupation rather than just the work of practicing gallery artists, but does not discriminate one way or the other. We hope TIL will serve as a resource for professionals and provide the opportunity to connect with a community of peers in what can be a very
solitary practice.

 




TIL has since grown to seven members:
• Michael Nÿkamp,
Lucy Engelman,
Jason Rood,
Kimberly Crawford Wolting
• Kevin White 
Libby VanderPloeg

If you are a illustrator, letterer, student, dabbler, educational institution, community organization, professor or designer in the community and want to know more, sign up on: theillustrationleague.com

You may also follow us on Facebook and Instagram


Postcard illustration and design by: Libby VanderPloeg.



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November 2017

Blue Whale
Detail of simple circular blue whale mark as a signature for letterhead.

 


November 2017

Star Wonder
“I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” – Sarah Williams.

 


November 2017

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Mark
A simple mark paired with my own font, Banter. The modern design was created by master bridge builder Othmar H. Ammann and is located in Staten Island, New York.

 


November 2017

Federal Mark
Handmade letter forms for this wordmark.

 


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November 2017

Empire State Building
A sneak peak of an upcoming poster of the Empire State Building that I have been illustrating. Influences of come from the Art Deco genre mixed with my characteristic style of utilizing minimal shapes to build my illustrations. More to come soon.

 



Purchase Print:
This 20" x 30" poster  is printed with archival inks on archival paper and can be purchased. If interested, please e-mail and provide your address for shipping and handling costs.

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



November 2017

Banter.
Typography exercise to create the letter forms for this this wordmark.

 


October 2017

Black Raven
Raven in the thicket, with superimposed gravestone. Happy Halloween 👻🎃🌚

 


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October 2017

Black Swan Records
There's nothing more pleasing to a designer, when two elements come together magically.