F.C. Knudde naar 't WK (2018)

Ray Nicholson is a Dutch comics artist and illustrator. He is best known as a ghost artist for the comics of Toon van Driel and for his illustrations for licensed products and magazines with Disney, Warner Bros and Sesame Street characters.

Raymond Nicholson was born in 1952 in Helmond as the son of a British father and Dutch mother. He began his career as an artist in 1977 at the company Micro. He later joined the publishing house De Vrijbuiter, part of the Audax concern, where he became an assistant and ghost artist for Toon van Driel. Van Driel had just sold the rights of his popular soccer comic 'F.C. Knudde' to the publisher, and Nicholson became responsible for most of the artwork. Nicholson and Van Driel also cooperated on comics like 'De Stamgasten', 'De Kanjers' and the celebrity comic about Dutch comedian André van Duin for Veronica-blad. Since 1988 Nicholson has been working through his own studio Nicholson Illustraties.

German comic by Ray Nicholson
Benjamin Blümchen

He continued to work with Van Driel, most notably on the 'Knudde' album 'Knudde naar 't WK!' (2018), which appeared on the occasion of the 2018 World Championships. While the lay-outs were by Toon, Nicholson applied a more polished technique for the finished artwork. It was also the first 'F.C. Knudde' album which credited Nicholson on the cover.


Dommel/Cubitus story for the first issue of Dommel magazine (1989)

Ray Nicholson has worked extensively with licensed products. Since the 1990s he is the regular cover illustrator for the German Disney publications such as Micky Maus and the pocket books. He has provided artwork to German comics based on the animated TV series 'Benjamin Blümchen' and to children's magazines and products related to 'Daisy Explorer', 'Doctor Snuggles', Jim Henson's 'Sesame Street' and the 'Looney Tunes' characters. He was also a cover and comics artist for the bi-monthly magazine based on Dupa's 'Cubitus' (Lombard, 1989).

He has furthermore worked anonymously on comics starring Hanna-Barbera's 'Tom & Jerry'. For Holco's girls' magazine Penny he developed the gag strip about the black pony 'Rakker' (1987). Among his more personal creations are the gag comic 'De Familie Kijkgraag' which he made under the pen name Nick Ray in the TV magazine Veronica-gids. His funny animal humor series 'SV Zoo(i)' (1987-1988, through the Fimla agency in Tilburg) and 'Dumpie en Dodo' (1989-1990) were made for Kuifje and Okki, respectively. Nicholson has made the cover illustrations for the 'Strip-Mix' comics compendiums published by the Bruna book stores in the early 1990s.

He developed the greeting cards series 'Doodles', 'Penguins', 'Rocco', 'Sea Life' and 'Old Dutch', which rank among his most lucrative graphic projects. He furthermore provides artwork for calendars, stationary, children's books, coloring pages, toys, corporate communication, fashion, mugs, gifts and many other things.

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