Artist Spotlight – Remco Bakkar
Today we have an interview with Remco Bakker, a talented illustrator from the Netherlands, who offered his fun and imaginative characters to the Pigment community. Take a few minutes to learn what brings his playful characters to life.
Hi, my name is Remco Bakker and I’m from the Netherlands. I’m currently working as a game artist at a company in central Amsterdam. During the train ride between home and work I like to work on my personal projects and products like art books and t-shirt designs.
Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
Still living with my parents as a young man, I remember they forced me to stop drawing at three o’clock at night because I was keeping them awake. That’s when I realized creating is something that I “need” to do.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever created?
I created an art book called “Book of Pricks” with more than 100 cheerful cacti characters. All of the hand drawing and digital coloring was done during my daily train traveling from home to work and back again. It took me half a year of train travel time to complete this work but the result is a product that I’m really proud of.
What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative?
Nothing is born out of nothing, being creative is not something you are born with, it’s something you need to train and get better in, so practice and make lots of creations and learn from it rather than getting stuck in making that one magnificent, perfect creation.
Are there other coloring book artists or illustrators that inspire you?
I have alway been inspired by artists who use a graffiti based art style in their illustrations. I have my local dutch heroes like Richard Cosh, Jeroen Heeman (Erosie), Raoul Deleo and Luuk Bode who inspire me to draw more.
What do you want people to get out of your designs?
Just a little bit of joy to lighten their day.
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