Nicholas Ivins Art & Illustration

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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

Biggest coloring book ever! I’m going to need more markers. #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #inkandmarker #prismacolor #coffin #art #flowers

— 3 days ago with 2 notes
#art  #prismacolor  #inkandmarker  #dayofthedead  #diadelosmuertos  #flowers  #coffin 
I’m done with the ink stage of this project, time for coloring! This is only the top two thirds of it. #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #ink #coffin #drawing #art

I’m done with the ink stage of this project, time for coloring! This is only the top two thirds of it. #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #ink #coffin #drawing #art

— 4 days ago with 1 note
#art  #coffin  #ink  #dayofthedead  #diadelosmuertos  #drawing 
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

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

— 5 days ago with 8 notes
#tron  #sugarskulls  #dayofthedead  #diadelosmuertos  #sdcc  #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’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

— 2 weeks ago
#narcissism  #graphicnovels  #navelgazing  #comics  #undergroundcomics  #autobiographicalcomics  #indiecomics 
I do draw other stuff besides #dayofthedead . None of it is normal, though. Lord, no. #octopus #girls #fantasy #ink #sharpie #micron #Medusa #art #drawing

I do draw other stuff besides #dayofthedead . None of it is normal, though. Lord, no. #octopus #girls #fantasy #ink #sharpie #micron #Medusa #art #drawing

— 3 weeks ago with 2 notes
#art  #girls  #fantasy  #micron  #sharpie  #ink  #dayofthedead  #medusa  #octopus  #drawing 
This is the other piece I’ll have in the Orange County Fair art show. #diadelosmuertos #dayofthedead #orangecounty #ocfair #sugarskull #fridakahlo #frida

This is the other piece I’ll have in the Orange County Fair art show. #diadelosmuertos #dayofthedead #orangecounty #ocfair #sugarskull #fridakahlo #frida

— 1 month ago with 3 notes
#orangecounty  #ocfair  #fridakahlo  #frida  #dayofthedead  #diadelosmuertos  #sugarskull 
This is one of the pieces I’ll have in the Orange County Fair art show this summer, freshly framed. #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #ocfair #orangecounty #fridakahlo #frida

This is one of the pieces I’ll have in the Orange County Fair art show this summer, freshly framed. #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #ocfair #orangecounty #fridakahlo #frida

— 1 month ago
#orangecounty  #ocfair  #fridakahlo  #frida  #dayofthedead  #diadelosmuertos 
Illustration by Edmund J. Sullivan, 1859. “One thing is certain, and the rest is lies; the flower that once has blown for ever dies.”

Illustration by Edmund J. Sullivan, 1859. “One thing is certain, and the rest is lies; the flower that once has blown for ever dies.”

— 1 month ago
"Serpienta", 24 x 30"

Buy prints here:
www.nicholasivins.com/2014/05/serpienta/

#dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #Medusa #snakes #sugarskulls #mexicanart #art #artprints #mexican #drawing #penandink #inkandmarker

"Serpienta", 24 x 30"

Buy prints here:
www.nicholasivins.com/2014/05/serpienta/

#dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #Medusa #snakes #sugarskulls #mexicanart #art #artprints #mexican #drawing #penandink #inkandmarker

— 2 months ago with 1 note
#mexicanart  #artprints  #art  #snakes  #penandink  #sugarskulls  #mexican  #medusa  #dayofthedead  #diadelosmuertos  #drawing  #inkandmarker 
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

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

— 2 months ago
#artprints  #art  #woodprints  #metalprints  #dayofthedead  #diadelosmuertos 
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

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

— 2 months ago with 2 notes
#mohawk  #sketch  #art  #punk  #fishnets  #mermaid 
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

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

— 2 months ago
#dayofthedead  #diadelosmuertos  #artprints  #giclee 
Today’s progress on my Medusa project. Its turning out more rainbowy than I envisioned, but nothing wrong with that. #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #sugarskulls #Medusa

Today’s progress on my Medusa project. Its turning out more rainbowy than I envisioned, but nothing wrong with that. #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #sugarskulls #Medusa

— 2 months ago
#dayofthedead  #diadelosmuertos  #sugarskulls  #medusa 
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

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

— 2 months ago
#art  #palomarcollege  #petermax  #bravura 
Live drawing at Tienda de Reyes in Old Town, San Diego today for Cinco de Mayo! #tiendadereyes #oldtownsandiego #cincodemayo #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos

Live drawing at Tienda de Reyes in Old Town, San Diego today for Cinco de Mayo! #tiendadereyes #oldtownsandiego #cincodemayo #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos

— 2 months ago
#cincodemayo  #dayofthedead  #oldtownsandiego  #tiendadereyes  #diadelosmuertos