Overview? Hmm. Well, when I was about seven years old, I drew a picture of a groundhog with some crayons. It was for my first grade art class, and Mrs. Lambeth made a big deal out of it. I couldn
Overview? Hmm. Well, when I was about seven years old, I drew a picture of a groundhog with some crayons. It was for my first grade art class, and Mrs. Lambeth made a big deal out of it. I couldn't understand why at the time. I felt like I could have done it better.
I guess I remember that moment as my first ever indication that I had an aptitude for painting and drawing. From that time till now, you could say I have been trying to draw a better groundhog. To me, painting is like a mountain with no summit. You just keep climbing, keep mastering your craft with all the time and talent God has given you.
I have had a rewarding 13-year career bringing to life the ideas of others on canvas, paper, illustration board, and screen. My emphasis has been in the execution of artwork and design for a widely divergent client base. My education includes a BFA in Illustration from the Columbus College of Art and Design, with a minor in Advertising Design and a strong emphasis in art history.
At this point I am building a new illustration business. New website, new blog, new portfolio, new everything. A new start, you could say. And even though I've got a lot to do, I look forward to all of it.
My focus as an artist is editorial and children's illustration. Although I am an illustrator, I have several year's experience in print design are well, having created logos, brochures, CD packages, etc.
Among my clients are Tabletalk Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Magazine, Bank of America, Business North Carolina, World Magazine, Corporate Armor, Opera Grand Rapids, GMR Marketing, The Asheboro Zoo, Southern Shows, and the Carolina Raptor Center.
“Rob has been great to work with. He is truly a gifted illustrator and all around great guy. I have also seen Rob develop his graphic design skills over the years. If you’re looking for a sharp designer with strong illustration skills to back it up, Rob is your man.”
Jeff Sutthoff, principal, Sutthoff Design
I’ve know Rob Cheney for over 16 years, both professionally and as a friend. Rob is a dedicated, creative, thoughtful and respectful man. His talents range from very creative and dynamic graphic design to beautiful, detailed illustrations. He and I have worked together on numerous illustration and design projects and my evaluation of his work is that he is industrious, hard-working, creative, and can make a job happen on time. His work is always quality. He’d be an asset to any organization who has him as an employee.
John H. White, John White Illustration
“Rob was a delight to study with at CCAD. He wasn’t as extroverted as I was, (i.e, he was attentive, respectful and hardworking), but he was no less focused, talented or ambitious. He is quiet about his creativity, but his creations are powerful. He is soft-spoken about his concepts, but his ideas are explosive.”
Drew Robinson, Principal, Spork Design. Studied with Rob at Columbus College of Art & Design
“Rob is someone you can always count on to work hard and give you his all. He is an amazing artist and can take any project assigned to the next level.”
Susan Jones, Art Director, Inspiration Ministries
“Rob Cheney, a man of integrity and character, is a gifted and dedicated artist. He has developed a particular illustrative style of artistic expression that is captivating in its simplicity. One of Rob’s strong points is his
ability to accurately portray, visually, the emotion of a story concept. Rob’s work speaks for itself. Rob, through his overall presentation, brings a unique talent to any creative team.”
Thom Dennis, Creative Director, Inspiration Ministries (retired)
As the largest publisher of church-related clip-art, we use freelance illustrators because we can offer a wide variety of styles to our customers. We were excited when Rob Cheney submitted his first work to us, because it was unlike any style we had published in the previous 25 years. For six years Rob has provided interesting and unique illustrations for our month publications. We’re sure our subscribers appreciate his distinct style.
John Burns, Communication Resources, Inc.