There’s a Lot Going On In a Nathan Motzko Illustration

Nathan Motzko is a designer and illustrator, but also, as he puts it, a maker and friend. His illustrations — joyful and condense — are full of movement. There’s a lot going on in each of his pieces, and a lot to unravel — a sort of richness that makes you (the viewer) linger a little longer.

This abundance is especially worth noting if you take into account the digital nature of his work (no flat vector art here!). “I’ve found a great way of playing with such layering is just diving straight in,” remarked Motzko in a piece he wrote for Inky Goodness, “using more digital programs like After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator etc. I realised how much fun it is to just make nonsense!” He describes this digital process of layering as “a wormhole of endless possibilities, that switches up my flow, challenging my rhythm.”

But though a lot of what Motzko does is digital, his building blocks are analog. “Pen and ink are my default tools and materials!” he stressed. “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.”

His dream project? “Establishing a studio of some kind, and provide opportunities to other creative people. I know so many amazing people, it would be great to get involved and help them achieve.” Show him some love on Instagram why don’t ya.