Eric Nyquist

Eric Nyquist - Designer

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Eric Nyquist is a Los Angeles based illustrator with 15 years of illustration experience. His work is on numerous books around the world.

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Eric Nyquist is an American artist working in Los Angeles. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he began a career as a working artist and illustrator. His body of work includes meticulous drawings, paintings, and collages that merge the organic and the industrial.

Nyquist chooses the line as his tool in creating dense narratives so detailed they straddle the representative and the abstract. His work disrupts stereotypes and forces the viewer to go beyond simply “looking” at things. Each drawing asks us to see analytically and not just physically.

In a technological age of rapid image making, Nyquist uses classical methods to create contemporary results. From etching to lithography, he upholds the craft of print-making while expanding the possibilities of the medium. The printing process informs his drawings—as he arranges layers and screens of color and texture into each piece.

His work has been commissioned by institutions including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and The New York Times. He has also collaborated with fellow artists including Beck, Doug Aitken, and Jakob Dylan. His illustrations have been published all over the world in magazines, books, and newspapers including the 70th Anniversary Penguin Orange Collection.
Comics & Graphic Novels
Contemporary Fiction
Science Fiction
Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences


  • American Illlustration Annual
  • Society of Illustrators Annual
  • 2009 Art Center College of Design Young Innovator
  • Clio Award
  • D&AD Pencil
  • Art Directors Club Cube
  • AIGA 50 Books 50 Covers
  • Communications Arts Illustration Annual

Work experience


April, 2006 – Present (almost 15 years)

Partial Client List: The Atlantic, Audubon Society, Beck, Bloomsbury Press, Barry Zito, California Lottery, The College of New Jersey, Denison University, Doug Aitken, Farrar Straus Giroux, Harper Collins, Harvard University, Heal the Bay, Heineken USA, Honda, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Intel, The Grammys, Goldie Cosmetics, Jeep, Kenneth Brown, LACMA, Lancer Skincare, Lexus, Levis: Station to Station, Men’s Health, Modern Amusement, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Geographic, Nautilus Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Times, Outside Magazine, Penguin Classics, Random House Publishing, Reader's Digest, Ritz Carlton, Quanta Magazine, Smith & Cult, Texas Observer, Think LA, Tumblr, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, University of Melbourne, VIBE magazine, Vice, Virgin Oceanic, Wall Street Journal Magazine, Walt Disney, and Yale University.

Portfolio (23 selected works)

The Genius Plague

Walton, David

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