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Nick Volkert, aka: nickv47, aka DangerHuskie

Creative also known as 'Volkert's Toons', but mainly an illustrator and cartoonist in Chicagoland.

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Illustration, Cartoons, and Front End Development

About Me

I'm a small town kid from Northern Illinois that made the migration from the cornfields of the Midwest to Chicago-land (and then Chicago itself) in pursuit of my passion of art and love of live music.

My background is Fine Art, and I have a BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Painting from Northern Illinois University.

Throughout my career I've worn many hats as a freelance Graphic Artist, working my way up in the freelance arena in Chicagoland as a production artist, designer, illustrator and front-end developer. Working long hours, weekends, traveling all over the Chicago suburbs taking advantage of every opportunity that came my way.

After a long journey as freelancer and full-time creative I'm currently working as a UX Designer, creating sites and applications for a variety of industries. I leverage my skills towards technology, addressing a variety of issues with creativity.

When I'm not designing user interfaces for clients, illustrating, or coding, you can see my work posted on my instagram and social media, or out enjoying the Chicago music scene, or hitting the local bike trail to jog and bike.

Please contact me at nick@nickvolkert.com or follow me on social to request a commission or to work with me!

I'm especially interested in any illustration projects you may have!

~Nick

GO SOX!

The '10s are OVER

Best of the 2010 Decade

The top designs from a decade of work! Thank you so much for your support!

A watermelon wearing sunglasses rides a skateboard while giving the 'peace' sign.

Created: November, 2016 | Role: Illustrator

You might be cool, but are you a skating watermelon with sunglasses cool?

A wiener dog with cool Blues Brothers sunglasses, a chicago themed stocking cap, a mustache, and a suit that looks like a chicago-style hot dog.

Created: August 27th, 2010 | Role: Illustrator

Just a little Chicago Dog!

Captain Pancake stands proud with his blue cape waving behind him.

Created: May, 2015 | Role: Illustrator

NEED PANCAKES? CAPTAIN PANCAKE IS HERE TO SAVE THE DAY!

A super stack of pancakes

Captain Pancake

The most powerful breakfast buddy!

Captain Pancakes descends down from the air to join you for breakfast.

Created: November, 2016 | Role: Illustrator

Dropping in for breakfast!

Captain Pancake is dressed like a Chicago Bears Superfan, and is holding a chicago-style hot dog

Created: December 9th, 2018 | Role: Illustrator

Captain Pancake is a huge fan of a certain team from Chicago!

Captain Pancake is celebrating your birthday while holding a present and surrounded by confetti falling down

Created: November 26th, 2018 | Role: Illustrator

The Cap loves birthdays! Happy birthday!

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 single sock is skating on a skateboard and smiling and giving a peace symbol gesture

Created: March 5th, 2019 | Role: Illustrator

That sock you lost is making a break for it!

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!