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Hand Drawings by Rik Reimert

Wow, here is an accomplished artist who is a master at using the design element of line to create his images!  Rik Reimert is a Dutch illustrator based in Germany. He is in his late twenties and loves traditional medias and techniques.  The first image below is of his grandfather.  On his blog RikReimert you will find more wonderful portraits and other drawings.  Notice how he creates his shade and shadow with a broad range of different values.  I am intrigued by the variety of different textures and line weight he includes in his image.


This second image is the book cover for Celebrity Portraits.  Check this out on Blurg. 



  1. Julie says:

    His images are amazing. But his subject matter — I visited his web site and he is quite the macho guy! Hummers, guns, cigars. His work is so delicate, it was a surprise for me.

    • drawinghand says:

      Hello Julie,
      I so agree that his images are amazing. I feel like I can learn from his expertise in using line.

    • rikreimert says:

      Hey Julie!

      You made me laugh! I never tought about my drawings that way, but I know why I almost only draw men; most female portraits are too beautifull, makeup and light make that there is almost no contrast and that’s very difficult for this technique. As to the guns and cigars, that’s what men do:) As to the cars, that’s what men like and they sell really good!


  2. Jacqueline Liberio says:

    I appreciate that shadow and depth are mainly dependent on how the lines are drawn together, not just in crosshatch but with consideration to how close they are and which direction they are going. A piece so detailed and clearly thought through must have taken a long time.

    • drawinghand says:

      Hello Jacqueline, I appreciate your observations. He does an awesome job drawing a variety of line combinations to create interest in his image. I agree that it would take time to complete these. Thank you – Prof. Stephanie

  3. Dana Bryan says:

    I love how the artist used lines to show different values in the mans face. It is extremely interesting to see how much detail you can give a piece of art just by drawing lines to look as if the artist shaded all of the mans features. Really neat to see a close up of the artists work(:

    • drawinghand says:

      Hello Dana,
      Enjoyed your comments and I too agree that this artist is just amazing with what he can communicate visually with lines and dots.
      Glad you got to see this post – Prof. Stephanie

  4. Marianne Kelly says:

    Wow is right! The detail is beautiful. The twist in the string on his hat looks almost 3 dimensional. and the shade under the hat is perfect. the light squares on his nose reflect his glasses in that weird way that you always wonder how glasses or a watch make that shape of light, or at least I do.

  5. Amanda Thornton says:

    I was and am completely blown away from Mr. Reimert’s work. It’s amazing how the variety of line types creates so much texture and depth, it really makes the image pop from the original drawing giving it a life of it’s own. I really enjoyed checking out his website to see more of his work. Thank you for sharing.

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