This Illustrator is All About Having Fun

For Nathan Motzko, becoming an artist was fairly intuitive. “The first time I realized I wanted to be an artist of some kind was when I was in first grade,” he told Inky Goodness. “I would often draw and think about how great it would be if I had my art hanging up in a museum someday,” he recalled. “Eventually, I made it my goal to get better at ‘making things’, so I could inspire others with my work.”

But with more practice, so came doubt. “For a while, I was stuck on the idea of everything having to be an original painting of some kind,” he admits. “Though I soon realized how much this approach was limiting to me personally, holding myself back from communicating my ideas and actually having fun.”

Nowadays, he shares his progress on Instagram, where he has attracted a small audience. His illustrations, though varied, have a distinct quality to them, mixing geometric compositions with organic references.

“Pen and ink are my default tools and materials,” he stated. “I also use protractor tools and rulers to get clean lines, and stuff like that. I love After Effects, but I want to invest in C4D and start making weirder 3D shapes…Haha! Otherwise, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign are awesome.”

Here are some highlights from his Instagram page: