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Welcome. I'm Nate McDonald, an illustrative designer who writes songs. This is my blog, read only by my mom.

Kids Care Animal Illustrations

November 10, 2015

Nate McDonald


Animal illustrations and vinyl decals is a combination that always gets me excited. First Free Rockford needed just that for the renovation of their kids care ministry area. I knew this would be a fun project, but it exceeded my expectations.  Read more

Beyer Stadium Park

September 9, 2014

Nate McDonald


That’s my four-year-old son Griffin in the photo. He wasn’t as happy as I was to be out in the sun at Beyer Stadium Park last week. The occasion was to see some new interpretive signs I designed.  Read more

21-day Drawing Challenge

September 2, 2014

Nate McDonald

Day 10 detail.I recently finished Von Glitschka‘s 21-day Drawing Challenge. It stretched me so much, and I learned so much about myself as an illustrator and creative thinker. I’m really encouraged by the outcome. Read more

Bringing the Tropics to Rockford

August 5, 2014

Nate McDonald


The Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens is a popular and fairly new attraction in my hometown. For this t-shirt design, I was given free reign to do something out-of-the-box from their typical branding style. And I did. Read more

Dog Park Tee Design

July 29, 2014

Nate McDonald

Canine Corners t-shirts in bright yellow and hot pink

All I can say is that this was really fun. Read more