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 decked out

Skater Designs

The Skater Series started with my Watermelon Skater piece and took off from there. Completed these as a part of October Inks 2018!

A cool banana skates on a skateboard while showing a peace gesture

Created: January 28th, 2019 | Role: Illustrator

The chillest banana on a board you'll ever see!

An orange with green sunglasses skates on a skateboard while waving

Created: February 19th, 2019 | Role: Illustrator

Orange you glad this skating fruit stopped by to say hi?

A pear shows off a trick on a skateboard

Created: February 10th, 2019 | Role: Illustrator

Apparently this fruit does the juiciest tricks!

Breaking the water surface to say hey

Sharks in Water

You didn't know this, but sharks love a lot of widely celebrated holidays and things. Check em out in this series below.

A shark emerges from the water a bit too far inland

Created: February 21st, 2019 | Role: Illustrator

This shark may have broken the surface a BIT too far inland. Just a bit.

A shark pops out of the water with a speech caption that has two hockey sticks crossing above a puck.

Created: December, 2013 | Role: Illustrator

Hockey Shark just popping up for a quick game.

A shark pops out of the water with a foam hat and mustache.

Created: December, 2013 | Role: Illustrator

Fact: Some sharks really like SNL's 'Celebrity Jeopardy'.

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.

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.

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.

A shark peeks out of the water wearing basket grass from an Easter basket and is surrounded by jelly beans.

Created: April 17th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

FACT: Sharks love jellybeans on Easter and will be on the hunt for their sugary goodness.

A shark peeks out of the water dressed as the Easter Bunny with various jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, and eggs floating around him.

Created: April 16th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

FACT: Best be on the look out for sharks posing as goodie basket carrying bunnies, they love Easter.

A shark peaks out of the water in bad shape looking horrifying and looking for brains.

Created: April 3rd, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

FACT: Zombie sharks are still roaming the seas looking for BRAINS.

A shark dressed in festive St Patrick's Day attire enjoys donuts, sweets and festive drinks to celebrate the holiday.

Created: March 29th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

FACT: Sharks love to live it up, every single day of March for St Patrick's Day and enjoy all the treats, sweets and minty flavored drinks!

A shark peeks out of the water wearing a spinning helicopter hat with all of his books and school supplies in disarray floating in the water.

Created: September 29th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

FACT: Sharks are not real nuts about going back to school, but they do love taking a bite out of their school supplies!

Captain Pancake smiles at the viewer as a younger version of himself, with braces a book bag and holding his books with his lunch on the ground at his side.

Created: September 27th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Captain Pancake was once an awkward little dude too! Here he is with braces and book bag, ready to go back to school just like you!

A shark peeks out of the water with a rosy nose, wearing a stocking cap, gloves, a scarf, surrounded by falling leaves.

Created: August 27th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

FACT: Sharks like to bust out their scarves and mittens and have pumpkin spice lattes during decorative gourd season.

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 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.

A man soaks up the Spring rain in a gloomy scene with a robin on his head holding an umbrella.

Created: May 3rd, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Remember that? And sunny? It broke the streak of 42 days without sunlight? Remember that?

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

Created: March 6th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Just one last hurrah with Old Man Winter and my dried, cracked hands.

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!

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 couple exchanges gifts dressed as road construction workers and the gifts are wrapped and in safety orange and caution tape.

Created: May 24th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

The best season of the year to exchange gifts, card, frustration, despair.

A woman dressed as Mario dances against a green warp pipe.

Created: March 10th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Future girlfriend doing her thing on the green warp pipe.

A helpful little arachnid

Helpful Spider

Always helpful!

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!

Helpful Spider gave his mom flowers and a card for Mother's Day!

Created: May 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Helpful Spider is here with his Mom, and they both think you are doing a great job!

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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