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!

For all my 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!


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.

Join the Danger Huskie Danger Team

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 cicada blasting a full sound system.

Created: August 23rd, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Cyclical cicadas with the sound systems this year.

A dog puts its head out of the window during a car ride.

Created: August 9th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

All the good boys enjoying window down weather.

A man with a burger head mows his lawn.

Created: August 2nd, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Tailgating is nigh.

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 couple mourns their favorite fast food sandwiches.

Created: August 3rd, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Please respect our privacy during this tough time.

A woman takes a selfie while drivin as a shark rides shotgun.

Created: July 13th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

You like to live dangerously.

A man gets a very comfortable night's sleep.

Created: May 4th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Sex is cool and all, but have you ever just like slept for 8 hours in the most comfortable and uninterrupted way possible?

A helpful little arachnid

Helpful Spider

Always helpful!

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!

Helpful Spider is using a magnifying glass to help the snow melt.

Created: February 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Helpful Spider is putting in the work to usher in Spring!

Helpful Spider is covering his eyes while you enjoy some Valentines chocolates.

Created: February 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Helpful Spider knows the power of discount chocolate.

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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Created: January 16th, 2021

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A sleepy bear hunkers down for the Winter.

Created: January 2nd, 2021

It's cold, miserable, the roads are dangerous, so it's time to get creative while you're huddled up in your warm home.

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