The Art Plug Editorial: Rhymezlikedimez
Robin Velghe and the Making
Robin Velghe is an illustrative designer and animator that has worked with some of the biggest names in the music and art industry. Hailing from Ghent, Belgium, Velghe made a name for himself as a full-time freelancer and animator on various projects, but his passion for drawing started at a young age.
“I have been drawing all my life and I always looked up to professional illustrators/artists,” Velghe said. “I studied economy and modern languages in high school, but during those classes, I was always doodling on my books. After graduating high school, I knew I was always going to regret it if I didn’t study art in college.”
Velghe went on to study visual communication at LUCA School of Arts in Belgium which opened new connections and gave him the ability to work creatively at an internship. “I started to realize that this could actually become my job later on,” he said “I learned a lot about working in the creative field at my internship.
Having the ability to work creatively in an office showed Velghe that his passion could turn into something lucrative.
“I started as a freelance illustrator and animator, but during those 3 years, I started working more and more on my personal brand called Rhymezlikedimez. Nowadays, I like to find a balance between doing commissioned work and working on Rhymezlikedimez pieces.”
Rhymezlikedimez focuses on the power of music and the ability it has to connect people and explore culture. It is Velghe’s personal ode to hip hop that has not only gained the attention of art and animation fanatics, but major record labels like Atlantic Records. He has worked with prominent names in the music industry like MTV, Anderson .Paak, Knxwledge, Lil Uzi, Sheck Wes, Amine, and many more.
When browsing @rhymezlikedimez on Instagram, viewers will immediately observe his signature style, nostalgic colors, and vivid characters providing nothing but good vibes. His style brings hip hop back to its roots by blessing hit songs with dreamy backdrops.
Anything can spark a creative mind, but Velghe finds most of his inspiration through music, movies, and other creative talent. In a crowded industry it is important to stand out, and Velghe is receiving the recognition he deserves from fans and other artists for his incredible work rooted in his love for hip hop.
The Art Plug Powerhouse during Miami Art Week will feature a live recreation of one of Rhymezlikedimez’s signature animations along with t-shirt screen printing with the artist.
Take a look inside his in-depth
conversation with The Art Plug:
What are some of your biggest inspirations?
I like to keep a pretty big range of inspirational sources. I’ve always been inspired by visual artists like Edward Hopper, Piet Parra, and a lot of designers. Music has always been a major inspiration. A lot of artists have a way to create pictures without showing anything visual. I draw a lot of inspiration from that place.
I’m also inspired by artists like Pharrell, Kanye West, and Tyler The Creator because they’re a lot more than just musicians. They create clothing, direct videos, etc., It’s not the medium that matters, it’s the way it is presented.
I love movies and their ability to create a world; the work of the Coen brothers, Wes Anderson, David Lynch; movies like Lords of Dogtown, American Beauty. Of course cartoon shows from when I was young. I would say nostalgia is a big inspiration and the way people romanticize the past. I like to show life through rose-tinted glasses.