Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Evolution of the Mekonnen Title Logo

In this post I will show the steps on how the title logo has changed in concept and style through the years.


1) In the beginning I called the main character “Martigon”. In the graphic logo above I did an extrusion and percpective effect in Corel Draw. I did this a long time ago (late 1990s) so I can’t remember exactly which effects I used.

2) Later I decided on the name “Mekonnen “and did this draft of the title with a percpective effect in Adobe Illustrator. Notice I used all capital letters and made the first “M” and last “N” a bit larger than the rest of the letters.

 3) Above, I did more sketches and drafts, experimenting with different styles and concepts. I took away the percpective effect and kept the letters straight.

4) I decided on the font styles I prefer for the title. I placed it on a colorful background to see what it will look like. Notice the yellow Ethiopian text on the right, aligned vertically it spells “Mekonnen”.

5) In this concept I make the last letter ‘N’ larger again, centered “The Epic Adventures of” and added a brown spear at the bottom of the Mekonnen title.

6) I took that title concept and placed it on a background which is a map of part of the world. Notice I added Ethiopic/Amharic text script inside the spear graphic that says “Mekonnen’s Great Adventure: Aksumite warrior”.

7) Finally, I used Adobe Photoshop to make the title “Mekonnen” look like gold, placed “The Epic Adventures of” above the “M” and added an Abyssinian/Sheban sword instead of a spear at the bottom.

8) Sometimes I place two swords at the sides of the title instead.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pinevergreen/Mekonnen Epic Now Have New Online Stores!!!

Hi friends.
This past Thanksgiving weekend I set up a couple of online stores for the artwork and story of Mekonnen and other pieces of art that a not associated with the story. You can now have art from the Epic of Mekonnen on:
  • T-shirts
  • Frames and Posters
  • Mugs
  • Mouse Pads
  • Caps
  • Baby Clothes
  • Pet Clothes
  • Messenger Bags
  • Tote Bags
  • And Much More!
My brother Joel told me that he had a store that he set up for free at to try to sell artwork he did for his music and cd releases and encouraged me to check it out and sell my artwork.
So that same evening and went right into, read there rules and regulations, researched some more and compared to other similar companies, then setup a couple of free virtual stores in a few hours.

Check them out at these links and see if you find something you would like to wear, put on your wall or gifts for your loved ones.