Meet Nicholas Roberts (@nikoby): Illustrator from Melbourne, Florida

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In the spirit of giving back, and our desire to support local businesses and artists, we are doing an artist spotlight series. We will be showcasing a new artist each day for the next 31 days. Today’s artist is Nicholas Roberts an illustrator from Melbourne, Florida.


Monty Python and The Holy Grail

Question: How did you get into design?
Nicholas’s Answer: Originally I wanted to pursue a career in the fine arts. About halfway through my college stay, I took the prerequisite class for the graphic design track (just to see what it would be like). I had to get a copy of Adobe Illustrator for the class and that software got me hooked on design. The ability to manipulate everything amazed me. Also, figuring out how other designers created things (which I used to think was designer magic) was really cool.

Question: Where are you from, where did you go to school?
Nicholas’s Answer: I was born/raised in Central Florida. I currently reside at the beach in Melbourne, FL. I went to the University of Central Florida.

Question: What are your tools of the trade?
Nicholas’s Answer: I’ve dabbled in a lot of different mediums, but here is my go to list:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Wacom Intuos 4 drawing tablet
  • Pencil and Paper – I generally use basic Dixon Ticonderoga No.2 pencils (You can get them from Office Depot) and I occasionally pulling out my Kohinoor technigraph 5611 drafting pencil for really detailed work.
  • Ink – I love the Sakura Micron Pens and Copic Markers. Using ink wells to make watercolor like washes are great for scanning in and using as texture in Photoshop.
  • Ballpoint – I love a particular brand called SKB and I like the SB-1000
  • Photography- Nothing fancy, I mainly use it for reference and textures.
  • Adobe AfterEffects
  • Adobe InDesign

Question: What websites do you go to for design inspiration?
Nicholas’s Answer:


The Lost Boys

Question: What is your favorite movie, band, and artist?
Nicholas’s Answer:
Movie: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Cheesy I know, but it’s a fun ride)
Band: Arcade Fire
Artist: James Jean

Question: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Nicholas’s Answer: I would really like to go to Sweden some day. My grandfather was from Sweden and I have family over there. That and vikings are just cool.

Question: When you’re not designing, what do you like to do?
Nicholas’s Answer: Hang out with my wife, watch television (mostly cartoons and other children’s shows, I refuse to grow up!), go to the beach, swimming, discovering new music, playing music (guitar, drums, keys), and I actually love going to church (I think it’s fun).


Patsy’s Coconut Milk Poster

Question: If you could meet anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Nicholas’s Answer: I would really like to meet Rembrandt, he is one of my favorite old masters. Why? To beg him to take me in as his apprentice.

Question: What advice would you give to someone just starting out in design?
Nicholas’s Answer: Never stop creating and don’t give up. If you are passionate about it, you will get through any dry times of your life. Develop patience, you can’t create something awesome without lots of patience. Research is really important. I highly recommend buying design publications, reading design blogs, and looking at what everyone else is doing. Since your work is design, eat everything that involves design. Continue to learn and master your craft, there are lots of free tutorials and people willing to give you their two cents on the web. Get involved in a design community and share with others what you are doing.

See more work and designs by Nicholas at his Behance portfolio.

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