Nick Volkert

UX/UI Designer / Illustrator

Greater Chicago, IL

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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!

Merry Christmas to one and all!

Christmas Designs

A selection of my most cheerful and festive designs from my portfolio! Ho ho ho!

Captain Pancake is dressed as Santa Claus carrying a huge bag of presents.

Created: November, 2017 | Role: Illustrator

Captain Pancake is all decked out in his Santa suit to spread some Holiday Cheer!

Santa Claus shows the agony of his six peppermint claws.

Created: August, 2015 | Role: Illustrator

In a horrible experiment in the frigid North, peppermint was grafted to Santa Claus' bones.

A shark dressed like Santa Claus emerges from the water with presents and candy.

Created: September, 2015 | Role: Illustrator

FACT: Santa shark loves gift giving during Christmas and brings presents to all the oceanic creatures!

Breaking the water surface to say hey

Sharks in Water

You didn't know this, but sharks love a lot of widely celebrated holidays and things. Check em out in this series below.

A shark emerges from the water a bit too far inland

Created: February 21st, 2019 | Role: Illustrator

This shark may have broken the surface a BIT too far inland. Just a bit.

A shark pops out of the water with a speech caption that has two hockey sticks crossing above a puck.

Created: December, 2013 | Role: Illustrator

Hockey Shark just popping up for a quick game.

A shark pops out of the water with a foam hat and mustache.

Created: December, 2013 | Role: Illustrator

Fact: Some sharks really like SNL's 'Celebrity Jeopardy'.

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.

A shark peeks out of the water, surrounded by an assortment of cookies and gifts, dressed as Jolly St Nick!

Created: August 2nd, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

FACT: Sharks love to get dressed up, deliver presents, and eat cookies when it's Christmastime as Jolly St Nick!

A happy quarter of a watermelon skates by with some white sunglasses.

Created: July 20th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

You're cool, but are you sunglasses watermelon on a skateboard cool? Maybe. I'm not that cool, that's for sure.

A happy ghost cruises by, hovering over a skateboard in motion while giving the peace sign.

Created: July 20th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Skaters never die! Be sure to give a peace sign back to this one skating by!

A skateboarding apple has a little worm friend along for the ride, popping out of his head.

Created: July 17th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

This apple skater is on the move much to the surprise to its little worm buddy tagging along!

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.

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 16th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Early warmth has cause all the orange cones to bloom early this year.

A man soaks up the Spring rain in a gloomy scene with a robin on his head holding an umbrella.

Created: May 3rd, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Hey, remember that weekend it was 80 degrees? Remember that? And sunny? It broke the streak of 42 days without sunlight? Remember that?

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.

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: If things were to unfortunately fizzle out, we'll always be united in our undying hatred of pants.

Created: July 17th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

If it doesn't work out, we'll at least have this in common, forever.

A young man combs his mullet back while wearing a jean vest and graphic tee.

Created: July 12th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

The mullet is back and I'm here to rock my mane.

A pretty brunette woman with a victory hairstyle rides a giant red, white and blue bottle rocket while fireworks pop off in the background.

Created: July 4th, 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Happy birthday America! Revamp of an old one. USA! USA! USA!

A helpful little arachnid

Helpful Spider

Always helpful!

Helpful Spider is a safe distance from a bottle rocket on the 4th of July!

Created: July 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Repost! Helpful Spider is here to remind you to have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Helpful Spider is on top of a bike helmet defending the rider from bugs!

Created: May 2022 | Role: Illustrator

Helpful Spider is clearing the way so you can have a nice Spring bike ride!

Helpful Spider gave his mom flowers and a card for Mother's Day!

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).

Reading, it's for your eyeballs!

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