Hand Drawn in 92!

Hand drawn back in 92 with a pen! What a relic. Found these today … again, they’ve been floating around my life for years.
To think how nice it would have been to do that line work with a computer!

Change along

Evolution of the MJD header design. For years this site address was Mark Johnson Design.com, until I got a .99 special for markjohnsons.com of which it is now. I liked the sound of it so I re-directed everything and updated the header, but I still have a fondness for the o’l classics. A few samples are shown below. I hope you find them entertaining and unique. 

Custom Kicks

Im a fan of custom wear so naturally I gravitated toward sneaker customs. For me this is a great way to decompress, I can grab a pair of kicks, sit down, relax and paint during conversation or watching some 90’s skate band documentary.
Below are a few of my relaxation sessions.
(This one is actually a skull design by lurking class. I have been a fan of (Sketchy Tank), now Lurking for a while now, so paid tribute with my nike cortez.)

Cube ‘izms

I created a front page and inside page layout for Flossn’ Magazine a while back. We used a shot of cube (shown at the very bottom). I have since illustrated that photo of cube several times by hand and digitally. I found that this is a great photo for testing new drawing styles with because it has a large array of slightly mixed monochromatic colors and light contrasts.  My latest is putting it to 3d using Fusion 360, it created some pretty nice effects that I felt worthy of sharing here.


Jolly Roger Resturants Score big in Boise Idaho

Rob Jackson, owner of the Jolly Roger resturant chain needed to brand his dragster. Me being a fan of the sport, and him being the man of the sport worked up a skull and wrench graphic to fit the persona of his chain and represent his drag team. Rob recently took home some bootie from the Night fire Nationals with the big boys.

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With the growth of the CBD / THC market, much of the package design I do is directly related to this segment.
I find that by being able to digitally render the products cuts down a days worth of photography, as well as photography costs.
It is usually a mix of Autodesk’s Fusion360 software mixed with some photoshop magic.
Here are a few samples.

Copper worth its weight

This is an older project that I wanted to breath new life into because I always liked it but it did not fit into any solid catagory.
I was contracted by Solid Form Fabrication to hand engrave a unique still cap for Ransom Spirits that will be used on a still to make spirits.
Ransom Spirits was started by Tad Seestedt in 1997 with a small life savings and a fistful of credit cards. The name was chosen to represent the debt incurred to start the business.”.. They wanted it to be copper, 10″ diameter and hand engraved. This was a super unique request but who was I to let them down. I broke out my trusty rotary Dremel too with the diamond tip and went to work.