Meet Bot Roda

I am a Lancaster born, freelance illustrator and story board artist currently working from my home studio in Lancaster, PA. I have created cartoon illustrations, story boards, caricatures, cartoon maps, and much more for hundreds of clients including corporations, ad agencies, design studios, web designers, book and magazine publishers, theme parks, major league sports teams and many more.

Some of my clients include:

I have also illustrated media guide and program covers involving caricatures for professional sports teams including:

My History

I got my start as a graphic artist and illustrator after serving in the US Navy and graduating from the York Academy of Arts. My first job was at a Baltimore package design studio, where I worked for a year before getting a job at Godfrey Advertising in Lancaster, PA. As an art director and illustrator for Godfrey Advertising, I created original and stylized humorous illustrations for their clients' ads and marketing materials.

Over my 15 year career at Godfrey Advertising I polished my skills and developed the many styles I've since become known for. Some of my work went on to garner industry recognition through a national Cleo award nomination and several ADDY awards from the Central PA Association of Advertising Agencies. I was also a finalist in the New York Society of Illustrators national juried humor show.

The decision to pursue my dream of becoming a freelance illustrator led me to part amicably with my friends at Godfrey Advertising and set out on my own. I have enjoyed the freelance life to the fullest, staying busy working on a wide range of projects that allow me to express my passion and artistic abilities for a diversified client list.

When I'm not at my drawing table or working on my Mac computer (which isn’t that often), my hobbies include reading about geopolitics, Austrian economics, playing ice hockey several times a week as a goaltender, working with computers, and playing online computer games. My former hobby as a Civil War re-enactor led me to work on a project as a storyboard artist in 1992 by Ron Maxwell, the director for the Turner Pictures feature film "Gettysburg." In 2001, Maxwell utilized my talents again as a storyboard artist for his prequel "Gods & Generals," which was released February 2003.