Roger Karl Loveless, born in 1957 in Utah, is an American illustrator based in Bountiful, Utah. Roger began his freelance career in illustration in Los Angeles after graduating from Utah State University in 1983 and has painted professionally on a national basis for more than 35 years with representation in New York and Los Angeles.
Roger completed his first video game work in 1985, painting the cover and title art for Datasoft’s Zorro. The job was actually one of Roger’s first LA illustration jobs, completed through his LA reps before actually moving there from Utah. Roger continued to illustrate game covers through the late 1990s, with perhaps his final game work coming in 1999 with Demolition Racer for the Sony Playstation. In between, Roger painted dozens of game illustrations, creating box art for the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and nearly every other console or handheld, working frequently with Liquitex acrylic paint. Below is a wide but limited list of Roger’s work, with one example from each of the many platforms on which his art has appeared:
- Gunslinger (Datasoft, Commodore 64, 1987)
- Project Neptune (Epyx, Atari ST, 1988)
- Battle Chess II (Interplay, MS-DOS, 1990)
- Fire Shark (DreamWorks, Sega Genesis, 1990)
- S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (Natsume, NES, 1991)
- Crystal Warriors (Sega, Game Gear, 1991)
- Captain Commando (Capcom, SNES, 1991)
- Turbo Sub (Atari Corporation, Atari Lynx, 1991)
- Fables & Fiends: The Legend of Kyrandia - Book One (Virgin Games, Amiga, 1992)
- Metal Masters (Electro Brain, Game Boy, 1993)
- Silpheed (Sega, Sega CD, 1993)
- Battlezone: Battle Grounds (Macmillian, Windows, 1998)
Roger’s work for the SNES are among his most recognizable: Jim Power: The Lost Dimension in 3-D (1993), Vortex (1994), and Suzuka 8 Hours (Namco, 1994). His Genesis catalog includes additional notable examples: Bio-Hazard Battle (1992), Target Earth (1990), and Todd’s Adventures In Slime World (1992).
More than two decades after his last box, mobile game developer Embraceware tapped Roger to bring his classic art of the 16-bit era to upcoming title Sentinel Attack, expected out in 2023. A deeper look at Roger’s Sentinel Attack artwork can be found here: https://embraceware.com/en-GB/news/2022/05/painting-sentinel-attack/
Roger Loveless participated in the 2019 documentary from Rob McCallum “Video Game Box Art: The Stories Behind the Covers,” where in Episode 2 he discusses his style and process alongside examples of his work. The documentary is available to rent or buy via Amazon; Amazon Prime members can watch the series free via Freevee.
Beyond his work for video games, Roger illustrated the “GI Joe” 1997 Classic Collection for Hasbro and has said he created 17 works for TSR/Dungeons & Dragons. His Dungeons & Dragons work includes Vale of the Mage (1989), Legends & Lore (1990), Castles (1990), Tome of Magic (1991), Slayers of Lankhmar (1992), Cities of Bone (1994), Player's Option: Combat & Tactics (1995), and Warlock of the Stonecrowns (1995).