Nick Volkert

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!

Love is in the air

Valentines Day Designs

Just some sweet, love-filled designs for all the couples out there!

A shark dressed as a cherb peeks out of the water to spread some lovin.

Created: February, 2015 | Role: Illustrator

Cupid Sharks are just here to spread some loving! (And also probably eat you).

Captain Pancake is dressed like a cherub and is holding a bow and arrow and a box of chocolates in the shape of a heart

Created: February 5th, 2019 | Role: Illustrator

Captain Pancake is ready to fill someone's heart with love as Cupid Cakes!

A shark peeks out of the water covered in kisses and wearing an arrow through its head headpiece.

Created: February, 2015 | Role: Illustrator

Fact: Sharks love Valentine's Day.

From Ireland with LOVE

St Patrick's Day Designs

Just a few designs filled with the luck of the Irish!

Captain Pancake is decked out in St Patricks day gear and is clicking his heels

Created: March 14th, 2019 | Role: Illustrator

Captain Pancake is in his green gear for St Patrick's Day!

A shark is dressed as a leprechan by a pot of gold.

Created: May, 2015 | Role: Illustrator

Beware: Sharks are now guarding pots of gold under rainbows.

A shark dressed in green for St Patrick's Day.

Created: April 10th, 2020 | Role: Illustrator

St Pat's came and went, but the sharks still celebrated the hell out of it.

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.

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.

A shark peeks out of the water covered in donuts looking for some hot coffee.

Created: August 26th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

The shark requests coffee with its bounty of donuts, thanks. THANKS.

A shark peeks out of the water surrounded by donuts.

Created: August 24th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Best not bother a shark when it's enjoying a box of donuts.

A Chicago Dog is dressed in green for St Patrick's Day.

Created: March 25th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Just a little dachshund doggo to bring you luck!

A shark peeks out of the water with a black trucker hat over a mullet, hockey stick and rope licorice.

Created: March 24th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Hailing from Aurora, IL, the 'City of Lights'.

Captain Pancake is peeking out of a pot of gold with a rainbow in the background landing on the pot.

Created: March 23rd, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Captain Pancake is at the end of the rainbow with a little luck and gold!

A Chicago Dog is dressed in green for St Patrick's Day.

Created: March 16th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

A little Chicago, a little dog, a little green.

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Danger Huskie

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

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!

A floating Jack O'Lantern reaches out with a full moon, clouds, and bats in the background.

Created: August 3rd, 2021 | Role:

The Varsity Pumpkin is using the cover of clouds to come and getcha!

A dachshund is wearing shades, a stocking cap, and a cool Chicago Style Hot Dog costume.

Created: July 22nd, 2021 | Role:

Some cool aviator shades on this Chicago Dog just like Da Coach!

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 enjoys birthday cake with a wampa and a snowman.

Created: January 3rd, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Out having some bday cake with my fellow cold weather creatures.

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

Created: January 1st, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

It's time to bundle up a hoodie and vanish til the Spring.

A young man watches a storm from beside his fully lit Christmas tree.

Created: December 27th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Nothing like following the holiday with THUNDER and LIGHTNING.

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: You only browse the intertet with your custom internet browser: Firefoxy.

Created: January 13th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

It also makes your machine run hot.

A turtle with a pizza on a stick enters 2022.

Created: January 11th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Unsure of what 2022 has in store, we send our own brand of ninja turtle to scope it out.

A woman enters a white elephant party with a literal elephant.

Created: December 28th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

A girl knows how to make a White Elephant party a real treat.

A helpful little arachnid

Helpful Spider

Always helpful!

Helpful Spider is stocking up on various weapons and supplies!

Created: December 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Helpful Spider is getting supplies together for whatever goes down in '22!

Helpful Spider is guarding a front door dressed as a Spartan!

Created: November 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Helpful Spider is keeping watch so no other spiders or critters get into your place for the Winter!

Helpful Spider has brought you some items to bring you extra luck this St Patrick's Day!

Created: March 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Helpful Spider is bringing you luck! Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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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