This handsome 8.5 x 11″ wall-mounted calendars feature 13 of Nicholas Ivins’ best images for your 2014 year!Read More »
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 created art since before I had the ability to form complete sentences (which I still have trouble with), and have been making 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 from sci-fi and vampires to Day of the Dead and animals, all from an offbeat and irreverent viewpoint. Through art I want to communicate my unique and twisted perspective on the world, and whenever possible, to weird people out. I apologize in advance.
Once you peruse this site you’ll come to realize that I’m a pretty interesting guy. Or perhaps just an extremely functional madman. I’m constantly producing new work, doing events and shows, and getting into mischief, so check back often. If you’d like to buy any kick-ass art and knick-knacks, have a look at my store.
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.
This was a fun, fairly quick project I started at the Day of the Dead Festival in Old Town, San Diego. Obviously, that time of the year is big and busy for me, and for some weeks leading up to the holiday, I had been feeling a little worn out on Dia-related art. But the great (and at times exhausting) thing about the continual show circuit is that it forces me to always have something […]Read More »
Although there is a pervasive oddness to my work, I haven’t dabbled much in actual surrealism (even though I identify with the lowbrow/pop surrealism movement). My work (and brain) tends to be fairly literal-minded, grounded mostly in a stylized reality save for a divergent detail or two. With this piece, a concept I had in mind for a while, I wanted to break out of my comfort zone while paying homage to one of the […]Read More »
You can now purchase greeting cards featuring nearly all my artwork via my website store or at any event! The cards are 5 x 7″ on high quality durable paper. They are blank inside, come with a matching envelope, and sell for the low price of $5 each! Visit the Greeting Cards section of my online store to order some!Read More »
Another entry in my music-inspired “Artistic Audities” series, this is an illustration of the title track off Portugal. The Man’s latest album. The indie rock band, despite its bafflingly obtuse name has quickly become one of my favorite groups in the past few years. Evil Friends is arguably their strongest, most cohesive album to date and contains an above average sampling of their best qualities – jumpy rock riffs and deeply emotional, swaying rhythms. The […]Read More »