Give Thanks: Rob Rice Illustrations

Today I am excited to share the second interview of our Give Thanks series where I introduce to you the amazing people who have helped me make LFID a reality. If you missed it last week, I interviewed Rachel Weaver----the lady behind our blog at LFID. See that post here if you haven't yet!

My next interview features Rob Rice of Rob Rice Illustrations. Rob and I met early this year through a business networking group and have been getting to know each other since. He is an incredibly talented illustrator and one of the most sincere people I have had the pleasure to meet!

For the past 3 months, Rob and I have been working together on an exciting project: LFID's very first e-book! The e-book, titled Home Should Give: Creating a Home that Inspires Joy, is set to launch in the next couple months and features illustrations by Rob. We're both super excited for it to launch! It has been a joy working with Rob on this project so, without further adieu, let's hear from him:

Self-portrait by Rob Rice.

How long have you been illustrating, and how did you get started?

I have been illustrating officially for nine years now. I've been drawing my whole life and I've always wanted to share my talents to help other people with their goals.

Give us your "60 second commercial" on what Rob Rice Illustrations is all about:

Every company has a vision, but what does that vision look like? I hear all of the time, "I'll know it when I see it." Well, I help you see that vision. I illuminate your story through polished illustrations and engaging designs. From business presentations, to portraits, to children's books, I bring your message to life.

Tell us a little about your background and why you decided to start your business:

I studied sculpture at Drury University in Springfield, MO and then Media Arts and Animation at the Illinois Institute of Art Chicago. I worked seven years for advertising in Chicago with international brands and start-ups alike. When I moved here to Grand Rapids, I wanted to take my expertise and help others visualize their passions.

As an illustrator, what makes you different from a graphic designer?

Although I do both graphic design and illustration, the two are somewhat different. Drawing or painting a character or scene is essential to illustration where as graphic design can be accomplished with just artistically arranging fonts at its minimum. With illustration, your main goal is to get your message across without using words, where as graphic design, for the most part, deals with the arrangement of words as the main focus.

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