Hello, and welcome! My name is Nicholas Ivins and I am an award-winning artist, illustrator, and graphic designer based in Southern California. I also do comics, but don’t tell anyone. I’ve been creating art since before I had the ability to form complete sentences (which I still have trouble with), and have made a valiant and misguided attempt to turn it into a career ever since.
My comic-inspired art and illustration has been featured in publications, events, and venues all across the country. I’m a visual storyteller and strive to create images that are bold and colorful, yet emotive and nuanced in their exploration of ideas. I enjoy exploring a wide range of subject matter, including Day of the Dead, vampires, animals, and more, all from an offbeat and irreverent viewpoint. Through art I want to communicate my twisted perspective on the world, and whenever possible, to weird people out. I apologize in advance.
Please feel free to contact me with any inquiries or questions. Or if you have anything else you’d like to say, I’m all ears. And a few other organs, too. That’s not a dirty joke. Just a bad one.
Biggest coloring book ever! I’m going to need more markers. #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #inkandmarker #prismacolor #coffin #art #flowers
Finally got to see the metal print of my #Tron #dayofthedead tribute piece. Looks great! For the lighted parts, I had them do a white under coat to really give a glowing effect. The rest is on brushed metal and is dark and shiny in contrast. #diadelosmuertos #sdcc #sugarskulls #digitalart
I’ve been flipping through the old issues of my autobiographical comic series. They were never a hit with the public and are the hardest, most time consuming projects I’ve ever done, but goddamn it, I’m proud of em! Someday I hope to return to them (and other stories). #comics #autobiographicalcomics #narcissism #navelgazing #indiecomics #undergroundcomics #graphicnovels
I have some new products coming out in the near future, courtesy of the cool guys at @artpluswood : prints on wood and brushed metal! Stay tuned! #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #woodprints #metalprints #art #artprints
As an artist, my goal is to shed light on important issues and ask important questions about our world. For example, what if there was, like, a punk mermaid, man??? You’re welcome, society. #punk #mermaid #fishnets #art #sketch #mohawk
Some new 11 x 17” canvases just came in and they look great! Check out my online store for these and many others in all sizes! Www.nicholasivins.com/store #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #giclee #artprints
It’s been about 10 years (!) since I attended Palomar College, but my art still shows up in their annual literary journal Bravura every now and then. This year I illustrated the cover, their 50th anniversary edition, a special tri-panel extravaganza in the style of 60s artist Peter Max. Congrats, Palomar and Bravura! #palomarcollege #bravura # sanmarcos #petermax #art