Nick Volkert

UX/UI Designer / Illustrator

Greater Chicago, IL

Absolute Unit of a Chicken|View Work

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!

No snow and cold! Just flowers birds and stuff!

Spring Designs

Ring in Spring with some Singing Birds, Green Grass and Storms!

A collection of birds sing songs of Spring, a couple birds sing heavier

Created: July 11th, 2019 | Role: Illustrator

Summer Birds > Spring Birds

A donut in Spring with daisy toppings!

Created: September, 2016 | Role: Illustrator

Just an all natural Donut!

An elongated weiner dog winds along a lawn to its bowl and bone.

Created: December, 2016 | Role: Illustrator

On a journey to get its bone!

For all my dogs

Dogs

Just a few homages to man's best friend.

A dachshund wearing a Chicago hot dog costume runs by with a lunch pail that has the Chicago skyline.

Created: November, 2017 | Role: Illustrator

Just a loyal Chicago Dog bringing you your lunch!

A wiener dog with hockey gear on that is in Chicago colors, with a gray mustache and also a bun with chicago-style hot dog toppings.

Created: January 1st, 2020 | Role: Illustrator

Ready to rumble at the Mad House.

A collections of dogs living in a grand dog house.

Created: May 10th, 2020 | Role: Illustrator

The dogs are occupants of quite the dog house community!.

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 6th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

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

A man in fully immersed into a vat of petroleum jelly to soothe his dry skin.

Created: February 10th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Finally reach the point of the Winter that my skin is totally cashed from the cold and dry air, best just dip me in vaseline.

A potato with a head band runs on a treadmill as a part of their New Year Resolution.

Created: February 10th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

All the potatoes are off the couch and giving it their all in the gym.

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 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 couple stand amazed, decked out to battle the winter elements, as an old couple strolls by.

Created: March 6th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Decked out to battle the fringes of Winter, and here are the neighborhood old folk just going for a stroll.

Dear Future Girlfriend I first thought fantasy basketball meant getting decked out in lingerie while dribbling a basketball, staring me down with your GAME FACE. But yeah, a March Madness bracket tourney is cool.

Created: March 3rd, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Dear Future Girlfriend: You are totally bringing it for March Madness.

A helpful little arachnid

Helpful Spider

Always helpful!

Helpful Spider is using his creative talent and painting a variety of Easter eggs!

Created: April 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Helpful Spider is adding some last artistic touches to a few eggs for the Easter Bunny!

Helpful Spider is holding a tray of two spider-sized shamrock shakes by a human sized shamrock shake!

Created: March 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Helpful Spider is making sure you get the last of the minty delicious seasonal shake you love!

Helpful Spider is stocking up on various weapons and supplies!

Created: March 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Helpful Spider is clearing out the remnants of winter from your gutters to keep you safe!

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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