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!

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!

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.

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 young man works on his laptop in an over-sized gray boat.

Created: November 23rd, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

If anyone needs me, I'll be getting productive in this gravy boat.

Various vampires look out from their hiding spots as the sun fades in the background.

Created: November 8th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Well at least someone is happy for early sunsets and of course it's VAMPIRES.

A group of fit and trendy young people sweating through their Fall fashion.

Created: October 4th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Suffering for Fall fashion.

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!

Two kids look on in horror as they discover Halloween decorations in a leaf pile. Or did they?

Created: November 9th, 2021 | Role: Illustrator

Just because it's November, doesn't mean the 'tricks' need to stop!.

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 helpful little arachnid

Helpful Spider

Always helpful!

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!

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!

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 2nd, 2021

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