Headstrong Art & Copy

At the Voorlinden Museum, 2018

Hi :)

My full name is Nicolay Bastos, but everyone calls me Nicky. 
Thank you for visiting my site!
I currently work as a full-time Design Lead and Account Manager at a web design agency.
However, I am available as a freelancer for select long-term or short-term projects. 
If your project is urgent, be sure to get in touch asap. I respond to all business emails within 24 - 48 hours at nicolaybastos@gmail.com.

I work with Adobe Creative, regularly using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. 
I love working with AfterEffects to produce video content and would love to do more work like this! 
I design logos, brand identities, print layouts, editorial layouts, style guides, letterheads, packaging, social media banners/collateral, event posters, infographics, invitations, and more. I do product photography, image editing, and retouching. 
This portfolio represents a selection of my best work. For other examples and inquiries, contact me via email. 

I write clear and engaging content for a number of online businesses. My work includes academically researched blog articles, product and collection descriptions, and social media posts. 
My tone is flexible and adaptable to your product or service, with an essential emphasis on SEO and driving traffic to your corner of the web. 
Well-versed in Shopify and Wordpress, I take the headache out of posting copy to your site for an additional hourly rate. That way you can focus on what's important: running your business!
​​​​​​​A list of URLs to my current work is available upon request from nicolaybastos@gmail.com.

As an abstact artist, I like to explore various concepts using geometric abstraction. My original art is deeply autobiographical, using diary writing, ephemera, and other mixed media
I absolutely love working with clients on commissions and consider this some of the most rewarding work I've done! 
I am extremely flexible and can produce digital and analogue art, including prints, 2D art in various mediums, murals, collaborations, and more. 
An Etsy store is in the works for easy ordering of originals and the odd run-off of prints. In the meantime, peruse my artwork here
For original art commissions, print requests, and direct sales, contact me at nicolaybastos@gmail.com
Creative Consulting

The side hustle has become the new norm, right? Certainly, I've seen an uptick in individual clients needing a helping hand or a second opinion on one or more elements of their self-initiated creative endeavours. 
Whether you're starting a new business, making your first YouTube video, or self-publishing a book, I can help you see the forest for the trees!
No creative job is too big or too small. Everything can be broken down into simple, workable tasks that will help you reach your goal.
I offer one hour consultations and monthly retainer services. For more information on how I can help smooth out the bumps of your creative project, contact me at nicolaybastos@gmail.com
A bit more about me

​​​​​​​I am extremely passionate about animal liberation and have been vegan since November 2017. In an ideal world, I would focus my practice on animal welfare causes full-time. 
So if you are an individual or company that feels the same and is looking for a do-it-all creative professional, hit me up now! I want to work with you :)
I also donate work and time to animal causes. If you are an ethical vegan non-profit organization and need a hand, please get in touch! You guys keep me falling from the brink of misanthropy and nihilism, so I owe you one!
I like/love: post-it notes, my friends, the oceans, scuba diving and/or swimming in them, nature, plants, minimalism, mountains, music, my bullshit detector, writing, Holland, coffee, the other thing, sharks, all the animals really, but mostly pigeons and crows, The Sopranos, walking, dancing, traveling, not traveling, cooking, eating, my desk, making art, reading, research, working out, photography, looking at places, objects, ideas, but mostly at people, and wondering what they're all about and what our parents were thinking when they brought us all here. And a bunch of other stuff like linguine aglio olio and keeping my phone turned off all weekend.  
Get in touch :) 

Thank you for visiting! I'd love to hear from you. 
Links to my socials can be found below. I only respond to business inquiries via email, within 24-48 hours at nicolaybastos@gmail.com.
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