Illustration
Nicole Roberts Creative is a design agency that helps small businesses utilize technology and design to improve the way their business is perceived on and offline. Since 2001 Nicole Roberts has collaborated with clients to build customer experiences that are compelling and memorable.
Nicole Roberts Creative, web design, logo design, illustration, ecommence websites, wordpress, Shopify, email marketing, search optimization, content management, content curation, social media integration, photoshop, illustrator, identity design, html, css, company naming, tagline design, powerpoint presentations, MailChimp, Google Analytics
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Illustration

Art for brands and publications
About the illustrator

Nicole Roberts

The call to work in the arts started in 4th grade when I designed my first commissioned art piece: a handmade valentine card that 10 of my peers had to have. I took orders.  After that it seemed that anytime a drawing was needed for a class project a school fair, a dance poster, the school newspaper – I was asked to do it. I got scholarships in my art classes without asking and invitations to art programs.  I was admitted into a nude drawing class before I was the legal age in my county at the time. And I even had a piece stolen from a display. Winning art contests in high school and studying art throughout college in creative arts, painting, photography, music, dance, multimedia and web design there was no limit to my curiosity in the arts. In web certification courses I was naturally the art director, designer, photographer. And now after 20 years running a web design agency in San Francisco I’ve returned to my original passion and I am finally offering illustration as a service.

What are you looking to achieve?

Editorial Concept Art

Magazine covers, feature articles and stories need rich artwork to support the text and embellish custom photography to maximize reader interest.

Illustrated Packaging & Logos

How does your product's box need to look on the shelf or feel in the hand? Package illustrations can express how customers will experience your brand or product.

Apparel & Housewares Graphics

Printable products, custom textiles and totally original apparel art is becoming more and more needed as we strive for originality in the market.

Websites & Marketing Artwork

Illustration for websites and digital marketing is an increasing trend as stock photography becomes obviously inauthentic and overused.

Book Illustration & Cover Art

Book cover art and children's book illustration are still needing strong artwork to grab attention for sales and dazzle their readers.

Portraits & People Art

Illustrating people as an alternative to photography can be a more colorful and artful way to represent headshots for a website, feature article or wall art.

Here's how we can do it

Research & Concept

Photographic Study

I often start by gathering some source photos that will inspire or inform the work. It can be a photo of the subject that I will reference closely or sometimes multiple photos that get collaged together. These can be gathered online, supplied by the client or taken myself with my Sony a7R III camera.

Sketch & Paint

Traditional Rendering

I grew up working in pencils, watercolor, oils and acrylics. These original art mediums offer the best textures and straightforward process to mark making. Often the most expressive work is traditional. Then it can be photographed for use as backgrounds, brushes and layered in the computer.

Develop & Manipulate

Digital Illustration

Photoshop, Illustrator and Procreate are amazing tools for illustrating in traditional and modern styles. I can use the Wacom tablet or draw directly into my iPad Pro 12.9″ for the most accurate and expressive marks. Format for print or digital output for your branding or publishing project.

Let's chat!

If you think we can work together on your project, let’s chat on the phone. I can help you make your vision a reality.

 

Please use the form below to pick a time that works for both of us.  I look forward to meeting you!