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.

 


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September 2018

Wonder Woman

I see a strong correlation between Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Wonder Woman. It takes great human strength and bravery to go in-front of the world, and talk in tears – truth is a weapon!

This illustration was modeled after the original D.C. Comics Wonder Woman and tv show star, Lynda Carter. Sorry Gal Gadot, I think your awesome as well.

 


September 2018

Covenant Logo Explorations

In the last few weeks I have been working alongside Covenant to rebrand their organization. Covenant offers community table top gaming, subscriptions and educational content to their customers and digital environments – striving to make tabletop a more accessible and engaging medium for human connection.

The above are beginning explorations based on the letter C.

 


September 2018

Future State Identity

I worked collaboratively with Kevin White to produce this identity for the City of Grand Rapids. It’s a simple mark that implies forward momentum. The projects initiative is to bridge the gap between employers and employees in the AI economy.

 


August 2018

Wolverine Stickers

Simplified wolverine stickers for your car window, bumper, skateboard, water-bottle, computer, binder and whatever else you can think of.

Photograph of Land Rover, Defender by Jonathan Gallegos.

 



Purchase:

4" inch wide stickers available in blue and yellow for $3.75 plus shipping and handling. Interested? E-mail michael@mkn-design.com and provide your address for shipping.