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Posts from the ‘Illustration’ Category

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

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

Birds of Prey

February 9, 2013

Nate McDonald

Great Horned Owl by NMCD for Atwood Center Birds of Prey Exhibit in Rockford, IL

Great horned owl used in signage for birds of prey exhibit at Atwood Center (Rockford, Illinois)

Here in my hometown, Atwood Center has been home to a birds of prey program and housing facility for several years. I used to work there during my college days as an environmental educator, and always enjoyed when we were able to have the students experience the birds up close. In 2011, through some generous donations Read more

Costume Coloring Page

October 19, 2012

Nate McDonald

Costumed kids coloring page for Lockwood Park (Rockford, Illinois)

Today one of my coloring pages was printed in my local newspaper. There is a coloring contest taking place for Lockwood Park during their Locktoberfest events this month. This is the last week to participate. So, if you live in the Rockford area and you’re the right age, or you have a kid who could enter, pick up a paper today! The deadline is next Wednesday. Read more