Chalk Lettering with Regalis Apertura

Welcome to the chalk world of Kiko Ardiansjah a.k.a Regalis Apertura! Kiko is a lettering enthusiast who lives in Jakarta and he truly has emotional bond with this kind of style. He left his job in advertising after 10 years, and now he’s solely pursuing his passion in art. Let’s dig more about Kiko!

Hi, Kiko. Tell us about yourself please!
My name is Kiko Ardiansjah, a retired advertising guy after 10 years trapped in the industry, and become a lettering enthusiast since late 2012 under the name Regalis Apertura. I live in Jakarta, Indonesia.

What’s been keeping you busy lately?
Doing lettering project and manage my retail store in an e-commerce store.

Any hobbies?
Eating junk food and listening to my favorite music.

When did you start working in art and design?
Since 2002, it’s been about 13-14 years I think. I took my first job as a graphic designer that year, it was a job at a graphic house in Jakarta.

Do you remember when did you become passionate about drawing?
When I worked at a digital agency, I often made some doodles and scribbles to express how I felt at that time on sticky notes that were glued on my cubical or office walls. After doing that for quite some time,  it’s became sort of my obsession. Then I learned about lettering more profoundly, and said to myself, ‘Yes, this is it. This is my passion.” I was interested in the anatomy, style, character, function, and other aesthetic aspects of a letter or some combination of specific letters and shapes. To be honest, I’m not good at drawing, so you can say that I only draw letters, even if there’s any illustration in my artworks, it’s just a gimmick to deliver the message within the words.

How do you describe your artworks?
Annoying, Dark ,Mystical.

What medium do you usually use?
Pastel pencil on black paper, soft pastels, and chalk on blackboard panel.

Why do you choose those mediums? What are the challenges in using those mediums?
First, I love black and I love playing with lettering art using chalks and soft pastels. To create chalk-ish effect, I also use pastel pencils. The challenge is, both chalk and pastel pencil are easily broken. The final results are also fragile, they can be ruined just by a small friction, dust, a drop of water, and simply any dirt. But because I like the texture and tone produced by those mediums, I always try to keep them in original condition, without layering them with fixative or coating. But of course, that comes with consequences.

Who influences your art?
Nick Fred, Jon Contino, Dana Tanamachi, Helen Musselwhite, Jayme McGowan, Ilham Herry, Ihsan Habib, etc.

Where do you usually get inspiration?
From hot topics discussed by millennials nowadays on social media, beside that I get inspiration from songs, music, favorite movie, or from tragedies in my life.

Where did you learn about graphic design and art?
I studied Communication Studies at Universitas Padjajaran, Bandung, but I was self taught on graphic design and lettering.

What makes you join Printerous Artist Program?
I think Printerous provides a way for people to get my artworks quickly, affordably, and cheaply, especially if you compare it with original artwork. Printerous also gives a functional aspect of a visual work.

What do you think about the development of local artists?
It’s fantastic! Because of internet, now there are so many talented artists who emerge into the surface, they share experience and information to one another. And quite many of them have already involved in international scale, and get acknowledgement from it.

Any plan for near future?
I want to create artworks using papercutting method that I’ve abandoned for quite some time.

Who do you want to collaborate with? Anyone in mind?
Jayme McGowan with his flowing papercut illustrations which are rich of story.

Shoutouts to fellow artists?
Thank you for all the inspiration, keep on sharing and being productive!

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