UX/UI Designer / Illustrator
Greater Chicago, IL
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Hard work and belly laughs
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
The Skater Series started with my Watermelon Skater piece and took off from there. Completed these as a part of October Inks 2018!
Created: January 28th, 2019 | Role: Illustrator
The chillest banana on a board you'll ever see!
Created: February 19th, 2019 | Role: Illustrator
Orange you glad this skating fruit stopped by to say hi?
Created: February 10th, 2019 | Role: Illustrator
Apparently this fruit does the juiciest tricks!
Pen, Ink, and Cintiq!
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.
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.
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.
Created: April 17th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator
FACT: Sharks love jellybeans on Easter and will be on the hunt for their sugary goodness.
Created: April 16th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator
FACT: Best be on the look out for sharks posing as goodie basket carrying bunnies, they love Easter.
Created: April 3rd, 2022 | Role: Illustrator
FACT: Zombie sharks are still roaming the seas looking for BRAINS.
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!
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!
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!
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
Vector works that a fun, cute, scary, and a bit dangerous!
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
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.
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
Just a weekly comic I started celebrating everyone's least favorite day of the week.
Created: March 16th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator
Early warmth has cause all the orange cones to bloom early this year.
Created: May 3rd, 2022 | Role: Illustrator
Remember that? And sunny? It broke the streak of 42 days without sunlight? Remember that?
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!
Created: July 4th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator
Happy birthday America! Revamp of an old one. USA! USA! USA!
Created: May 24th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator
The best season of the year to exchange gifts, card, frustration, despair.
Created: March 10th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator
Future girlfriend doing her thing on the green warp pipe.
A helpful little arachnid
Created: July 2022 | Role: Illustrator
Repost! Helpful Spider is here to remind you to have a happy and safe 4th of July!
Created: May 2022 | Role: Illustrator
Helpful Spider is clearing the way so you can have a nice Spring bike ride!
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).