Nick Volkert

UX/UI Designer / Illustrator

Greater Chicago, IL

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Hard work and belly laughs

Introduction

My name is Nick Volkert, an artist and creative living in Northwest Chicagoland.

I'm a classically trained illustrator and painter, receiving a BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Painting from Northern Illinois University. I currently illustrate digitally, converting pen and ink illustrations to prints and tee designs.

In my off-hours I like to paint, create comics, attend way too many concerts, play drums, and, in addition I’m a diehard White Sox fan.

I have a lot of comics, illustrations and art to view, hope you find something you like!

Getting real spooky up in here

Halloween Designs

A selection of my most frightful designs from over the years. Pen, ink and a little bit of spooky!

A jar of jam dressed in the theme of Halloween with candy corn contents and a jack o'lantern face.

Created: October, 2018 | Role: Illustrator

The best jam for your buck this Halloween!

Captain Pancake is dressed as a vampire!

Created: September, 2018 | Role: Illustrator

Captain Pancake is in the Halloween spirit!

A donut made up of pieces of other donuts that resembles Frankensteins monster

Created: October 13th, 2018 | Role: Illustrator

Pieces of various delicious pastries brought back to life!

Bawk B'gaw!

Chickens

Flightless Midwest poultry having a really weird day.

A chicken and turtle have merged to the new creature The Churtle.

Created: June 27th, 2020 | Role: Illustrator

The Churtle is here to ruin your day.

A stout, slightly misshapen chicken standing in its space, and it's quite large

Created: April 19th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Just an absolute unit of a bird. I mean look at this thing. That right there is a freakin chicken. Just a total unit.

The small head of a chicken pops out of a very large business suit and tie with the text 'business' on the bottom.

Created: April 21st, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Business. All business all the time. So much business. Lots and lots of business. Don't talk to me, I'm so busy with business. BUSINESS.

Pen, Ink, and Cintiq!

Illustration

I love making personal works that I use as a vehicle to explore to constantly learn the programs I use on my day to day, and push my artistic abilities.

A figure with a head of a jack o'lantern is behind a group of jack o'lanters set up as a drum set.

Created: September 24th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Solos, mad steady beats, The Pumpkin Drummer has your back to keep the spooky tunes moving along in perfect time!

A chicken is at the wheel of a monster truck with a chicken mascot on the hood.

Created: September 17th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY. Are you ready for some gritty four-wheel monster truck action then the NEW chicken monster truck is ready and rearing to get down and dirty in the MUD. Who needs a whole seat when you only need the EDGE.

A chicago-style hot dog is riding on a skateboard while wearing a stocking cap and giving a peace sign to the viewer.

Created: September 9th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Hey-hey, what do you say? It's a Chicago-style hot dog catching some of that windy-city wind and going for a cruise on it's skateboard to check out the Chicago skyline!

The lady shark of the North Pole is making cookies and other baked goods for Christmas!

Created: September 1st, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

FACT: Mrs Claus Shark is a mean mean cookie baking machine and a great host in the waters of the North Pole.

This shark is breaching the surface to destroy and assume the identities of any snowmen that might end up in the ocean!

Created: August 21st, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

FACT: Shark love to destroy any snowmen that might end up in the ocean and assume their jolly identities!

A shark peeks out of the water, surrounded by an assortment of cookies and gifts, dressed as Jolly St Nick!

Created: August 2nd, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

FACT: Sharks love to get dressed up, deliver presents, and eat cookies when it's Christmastime as Jolly St Nick!

A happy quarter of a watermelon skates by with some white sunglasses.

Created: July 20th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

You're cool, but are you sunglasses watermelon on a skateboard cool? Maybe. I'm not that cool, that's for sure.

A happy ghost cruises by, hovering over a skateboard in motion while giving the peace sign.

Created: July 20th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Skaters never die! Be sure to give a peace sign back to this one skating by!

A skateboarding apple has a little worm friend along for the ride, popping out of his head.

Created: July 17th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

This apple skater is on the move much to the surprise to its little worm buddy tagging along!

Join the Danger Huskie Danger Team

Danger Huskie

Vector works that a fun, cute, scary, and a bit dangerous!

A smiling wiener dog wears a red, white and blue ballcap and a chicago-style hot dog costume.

Created: April 28th, 2022 | Role:

Winning ugly is still winning right? This wiener dog knows that and is repping the colors of the south siders while rocking a sweet Chicago-style hot dog costume

A smiling green dog wears a Chicago Dog costume while wearing a black baseball cap.

Created: April 26th, 2022 | Role:

Who's got the best dogs in Chicago? Well the South side does! This little green wiener dog is representing a little baseball team that wears black and white.

A cute rubber duckie is surrounded by bubbles.

Created: August 3rd, 2021 | Role:

Rub a dub in the tub, it's a friendly rubber duckie here with some bubbles!

I write jokes too

Comics! (Eventually books)

I used to pay the bills as a cartoonist at the Northern Star during my Undergraduate and Graduate studies at Nothern Illinois Univeristy. I’ve always loved comics and was an illustation major to be a comics illustrator (that old cliché). Nonetheless and when the time allows, I love to write and draw works for my friends and social media followers. Big things in the works!

Mondays are the worst

Monday Comic

Just a weekly comic I started celebrating everyone's least favorite day of the week.

A young man disappears into a hooded sweatshirt with the hood up.

Created: September 5th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Fall update of my retreat to hoodies comic earlier this year. Huzzah!

A man embraces the new mustache on his face with some pals from the forest.

Created: September 5th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Oh, you all saw Top Gun this Summer too? Sweet, me too.

A man shows his dry, cracked hands as Old Man Winter creeps behind him.

Created: March 16th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Early warmth has cause all the orange cones to bloom early this year.

Comics about a wonderful future gal pal

Dear Future Girlfriend

Another weekly comic that started as a series of smart-assed Facebook posts and grew into a comic!

Dear Future Girlfriend: If things were to unfortunately fizzle out, we'll always be united in our undying hatred of pants.

Created: July 17th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

If it doesn't work out, we'll at least have this in common, forever.

A young man combs his mullet back while wearing a jean vest and graphic tee.

Created: July 12th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

The mullet is back and I'm here to rock my mane.

A pretty brunette woman with a victory hairstyle rides a giant red, white and blue bottle rocket while fireworks pop off in the background.

Created: July 4th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Happy birthday America! Revamp of an old one. USA! USA! USA!

A helpful little arachnid

Helpful Spider

Always helpful!

Helpful Spider is on top of a totebag with a checklist making sure all the back to school supplies are in there!

Created: August 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Helpful Spider is can't believe it's August already either! In any case he's manning your back to school list and making sure you have all your supplies!

Helpful Spider is a safe distance from a bottle rocket on the 4th of July!

Created: July 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Repost! Helpful Spider is here to remind you to have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Helpful Spider is on top of a bike helmet defending the rider from bugs!

Created: May 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Helpful Spider is clearing the way so you can have a nice Spring bike ride!

You Can at least buy some stickers!

Visit my Shops

Nearly all of my personal work is available as prints, tees, stickers and more. Let me clothe you! (Or maybe let my designs hang out as a sticker on your laptop or print on your livingroom wall).

Reading, it's for your eyeballs!

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