Australian based artist Reimenayee, also known as Reimena Yee, creates wonderfully whimsical patterns and designs. Her passion for storytelling shines through in her personal comic entitled, The World In Deeper Inspection.
"Juggling between art and non-art obligations. This is a never-ending part of my life, so I am always busy, especially since I don’t wish to choose one over the other."
What is your name?
Where do you call home?
Literally: I am from Malaysia, but currently based in Melbourne.
Not literally: A place with books, blue skies and silence, only broken by the sounds of nature.
What is your weapon of choice?
A Swiss Army knife inside an encyclopedia.
Please describe your work in 7 words or less
Charming, whimsical and elegant.
Tell us the story behind your favorite artwork.
I don’t have a very specific favourite artwork, and even then, I don’t have a specific story for any of them. Most of what I do is me thinking up of an idea and sitting down and finishing it. It’s quite mundane. I tend to do more planning when it comes to bigger projects though. Those involve a trip to the museum, an adventure into online academic repositories, and consumption of related media.
What sort of styles do you like and why?
I love styles with a strong basis in shapes, and which show an appreciation for the world that it comes from. I admire styles that are well informed, and have some hint of a story in the worldbuilding of each piece.
Professionally, what is your goal?
To be prominent enough to be self-employed, and to make my next projects even better than before.
"I admire styles that are well informed, and have some hint of a story in the worldbuilding of each piece."
What’s the one thing you’re most proud of in your artwork?
The flexibility of doing something slightly different for each piece. I mainly switch between linework and lineless styles, depending on my mood, and my work is both adaptable enough to take in influence, but distinctive enough to clearly say ‘this is made by me and no one else’.
What has been the most challenging experience you’ve had during your artist journey?
Juggling between art and non-art obligations. This is a never-ending part of my life, so I am always busy, especially since I don’t wish to choose one over the other.
When did your interest in comics begin?
I read comics casually as kid, pouring through my Archie, Garfield and Peanuts, but it was only when I was 14 that I discovered webcomics and realised that the stories I’d read in novels could be told through pictures. My involvement in comics has only grown along with the development of my webcomic.
What is your dream project?
To work on my personal webcomic (The World in Deeper Inspection) full time, but I’ve been daydreaming since forever about doing visual work on a stop motion film, or illustrating children’s books.