Colin Nitta

Colin Nitta - Designer

Sacramento, California, USA

I'm an illustrator based in Sacramento, California. I specialize in a realist style for fantasy, science fiction and historical book covers.

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Overview

As a youngster, I caught the bug of trading card games, comic books and science fiction films. My desire to draw, paint and bring imaginary beings and places to life was kindled by these three incredible wellsprings of wonder, enchantment and discovery.
I earned my BFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, majoring in Illustration. Specializing in a highly realist style with fantastic themes, I've worked with a variety of publishers on book covers, interior maps, trading cards, murals and brand iconography. I pride myself on a having a professional work ethic, completing assignments on time and being available for revisions as needed. For me, communication and storytelling are inextricably linked. I always begin my collaborations with an in-depth conversation that leads to a series of rough sketches to explore narrative ideas visually. After a sketch has been selected, I use as much available material as possible, from image based inspiration to an author's manuscript or synopsis to bring a cover to life. Bringing stories into living, breathing color is my passion!

"Over the years Colin and I have worked together on creative projects both large and small, simple and ambitious. He's an excellent communicator with a great knowledge for the history of aesthetic movements. This allows him to adapt quickly and efficiently at any given challenge."

— Daniel Castro, Branding Director, Ken Fulk Inc.
Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Adventure
Fantasy
Gaming & LitRPG
Historical Fiction
Horror
Science Fiction
Non-Fiction
History

Certifications

  • Bachelor's of Fine Arts

Awards

  • Inclusion in Infected by Art Annual, Volumes 4-7

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator

Self-employed
January, 2011 – Present (over 8 years)

Extensive contract experience from small businesses to midsize publishers, utilizing abilities ranging from precise digital work to unique hand-drawn illustrations. Skilled in traditional and digital media.

Studio Illustrator

Ken Fulk, Inc.
November, 2016 – Present (almost 3 years)

In house illustrator for Ken Fulk Inc., creating illustration and design for luxury clients including brand iconography, product development, event promotion and murals

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Inka Umu: Stone Water and Time

Adam Seward

In Anno Domini 1532 a Spanish expedition landed in what is now Peru and destroyed the Tawantinsuyu, the Inka Empire.Nearly five hundred years later an American boy and an Inka boy made contact across time through a phenomenon theological to the Inka and biological to the American, and information was passed both ways. They each in their time and way arrived at the same goal. The American would... read more

In Anno Domini 1532 a Spanish expedition landed in what is now Peru and destroyed the Tawantinsuyu, the Inka Empire.Nearly five hundred years later an American boy and an Inka boy made contact across time through a phenomenon theological to the Inka and biological to the American, and information was passed both ways. They each in their time and way arrived at the same goal. The American would... read more

The Order of the Sage (After the Atoms Fall) (Volume 1)

Casey Robert Swanson

In the distant past, a mighty war befell the world of Man. Poisons seeped into the earth. Dark clouds filled the sky. Mankind was posed to eradicate itself if a peaceful, spacefaring race known only as the Teachers had not intervened. The Teachers saw signs of their own troubled past in humanity. They helped preserve the vast knowledge of the world in a secret, sacred place and created a race ... read more

In the distant past, a mighty war befell the world of Man. Poisons seeped into the earth. Dark clouds filled the sky. Mankind was posed to eradicate itself if a peaceful, spacefaring race known only as the Teachers had not intervened. The Teachers saw signs of their own troubled past in humanity. They helped preserve the vast knowledge of the world in a secret, sacred place and created a race ... read more

Canis Mysterium: A Scenario With Bite (Call of Cthulhu roleplaying)

Scott Haartman

Constable Clark of Coldwater Falls, was desperate for attention. He'd been in touch with every sanatorium and hospital from New York to Boston and there's not an empty bed to be found since the stock market crash of last year. They're full to brimming with suicidal businessmen and investors. He is holding a man in his jail exhibiting some rather extraordinary behaviors. The delusion is complet... read more

Constable Clark of Coldwater Falls, was desperate for attention. He'd been in touch with every sanatorium and hospital from New York to Boston and there's not an empty bed to be found since the stock market crash of last year. They're full to brimming with suicidal businessmen and investors. He is holding a man in his jail exhibiting some rather extraordinary behaviors. The delusion is complet... read more

The Stone (The Chronicles of Quat) (Volume 1)

Bryen O'Riley

When Tad is sent on a mysterious quest to discover the Stone, he has no idea what it is or who to trust. He's not the only one looking for the Stone, however. Men of untold power, the Quatists, will stop at nothing to locate it. In order to find the Stone, Tad will be forced to confront the most powerful Quatist of all, one who wants to destroy him. Before it's over, Tad will find himself caug... read more

When Tad is sent on a mysterious quest to discover the Stone, he has no idea what it is or who to trust. He's not the only one looking for the Stone, however. Men of untold power, the Quatists, will stop at nothing to locate it. In order to find the Stone, Tad will be forced to confront the most powerful Quatist of all, one who wants to destroy him. Before it's over, Tad will find himself caug... read more

Angry Shadows Rising

Gudrod Hanson

The gods of the north and the Storm Lords who serve as their arbiters are absolute law. Dagr—a young warrior trained in the fine art of carrying out this law—must venture south, deep into the Othangan Empire. His mission? To rescue his own: fellow women of the north, who have been sold into slavery. Ingrid, one of these very women, finds herself unable to trust in the gods or the lords of her ... read more

The gods of the north and the Storm Lords who serve as their arbiters are absolute law. Dagr—a young warrior trained in the fine art of carrying out this law—must venture south, deep into the Othangan Empire. His mission? To rescue his own: fellow women of the north, who have been sold into slavery. Ingrid, one of these very women, finds herself unable to trust in the gods or the lords of her ... read more

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