Born and raised in Northern Utah, Roger Motzkus spent a lot of time drawing as a precocious and independent youth and received a full Art scholarship to the University of Utah. He became a working professional artist before he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1987. Just after marriage in his mid-twenties, he and his bride spread their wings in Southern California where they lived for 12 years; they grew personally and professionally and had 3 children.
Early in his career he was an avid comic book collector. His drawing skills allowed him to work as a layout and storyboard artist for television animation, including episodes produced by Marvel Comics and for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
It wasn’t long before his Illustrations were being published by clients from inside and outside the US, and has had Artist Representation in both NYC and LA. Roger is comfortable creating both digitally and traditionally and his artwork has been described from “charming and traditional” with references to Norman Rockwell, to “as subtle as a two by four hitting you between the eyes.” No matter what the application, he is drawn towards storytelling with figures and very expressive faces.
His art has evolved to encompass diverse markets including: entertainment and movie poster design, advertising, publishing, children’s books, toy packaging, covers in the computer gaming industry, and even traditional portraits and fine art.
Roger has gained a large list of very high-profile clients and a reputation that allowed him to be represented as being among the top 35 Illustrators in the country. His work has received awards in many Art shows, including The Society of Illustrators West exhibits in Los Angeles. He’s been a guest speaker at many Colleges and Universities, including the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena CA. and Cal State, Long Beach.
Music has been a part of his life since his late teens, learning to play the electric bass, and singing in various a cappella quartets, choruses and choirs. While in CA, he won 3 International Championships with the “Masters of Harmony” chorus, and also won District awards in quartets in CA and UT. This further engrained the importance of discipline, practice and the value of artistic communication on many levels.
He returned to his Utah roots to live near extended family in 2002. Changes in the markets created the need for diversifying into teaching; he’s been an Adjunct Professor teaching drawing, illustration and airbrush classes at Salt Lake Community College since 2015.
When not painting or teaching art, he may also be found fishing, gardening, practicing and teaching yoga, all the while striving to be a good husband and father.
Client List includes: Nintendo, Microsoft, Wham-O, MTV / Nickelodeon, Sega, Atari, Sony Pictures, Paramount Home Video, Scholastic Books, Little Brown Co., Harper Collins, Pepperidge Farm, Dreamworks, Hasbro, Snickers, Phillips, NFL Properties, Adaptec, SEARS, Novell, PC Week, PolyGram Classics, The Hollywood Reporter, Milton Bradley, Rite Aid, Houston Space Center, Fox Television, Intel, Lanard Toys, Miller Beer, Sony PlayStation.