Rik Reimert – Analog, that’s my thing!

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Ein Tuschezeichner oder -füller kam früher häufiger bei Technischen Zeichnern, Kartografen, Architekten, bei Konstrukteuren eben zum Einsatz. Der Rotring Rapidograph ist ein Qualitätsprodukt des Herstellers Rotring. Meine Aktenordner sind mit Rückenschildern mittels Isograph einheitlich und sauber beschriftet. Rik Reimert benutzt als Künstler und Grafiker dieses Zeichengerät und lässt mit ihnen künstlerischen Werke entstehen.

Elle:
When did your passion for drawing? Do you remember your first work, or the first one that really hooked you?

Rik Reimert:

One aunt, two uncles and my grandfather are artists, and I was inspired by them. When I had to decide in school what I wanted to become, I set my mind on being a artist. I’ve studied art straigt after highschool, but after just a half year I’ve found out that I was way too young (only 17 at the time) and I stopped before the year ended. After that I didn’t draw for almost 10 years…

It was an ad in a magazine for Der SPIEGEL which inspired me to pick up my pencils again. I still don’t know who this piece made but when I’m lost of inspiration, I just have to take a look at it… It also started my crosshatching style.

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Elle:
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?

Rik Reimert:

My first drawings came out good, and I decided to put up a website to show my work. The website came online 16th of februari 2011 and I always see that day as the day I’ve became an artist.

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Elle:
How would you break down your workflow in steps? You work with rapidographs in different sizes.

Rik Reimert:

My workflow is pretty staightforward. When I’ve decided what or who I want to draw I start rechearching for good pics. After that I start sketching, just with a pencil so I still can erase and change. When I’m happy with my sketch it’s time to pick up my Rotring Rapidographs pens and start filling in. I work from dark to light and try to use only straight lines, but with hair that isn’t possible.

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Elle:
What is your most challenging piece of work you have completed?

Rik Reimert:

Every drawing I make is challenging, due to the fact my pen lines cannot be erased. One line wrong and I can trow away a drawing. The biggest drawing I’ve made was my ‚Soul Hero’s‘ project. With a size of 50x70cm it took me over 80 hours to complete. To stay concentrated all this time wasn’t easy.

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Elle:
Any current projects do you have coming up in the near future that you can share with us?

Rik Reimert:

At the time I work on different projects. For example did I find out a while ago that I have quite few fans in India, so I decided to draw some Bollywood stars. I’m also trying to draw more womens, but due to lack of contrast they aren’t easy with my style.

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Elle:
Rik, what do you often dream of?

Rik Reimert:

I don’t remember my dreams, so it can be anything.

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