How did you start making art?
I grew up in a bunch of different places - New York, upstate New York, Bali - Indonesia, New Zealand, living in upstate new york as a kid I would ask my father to make me the costumes that I visualized, me and my mother would sit and draw together. - I come from a family of artists both my parents are artists, my brother and sister too.
I have been brought up creatively- fed books, movies, music from a very young age and basically have been supported and nurtured as an artist from the very beginning.
Why do you make art?
I tell stories because I need to in order to make sense of the world and to tell my own perspective on what’s going on around me from my vantage point. There are a number of ways I like to do this- drawing is my favorite but I also write and record songs. They can be listened to here... >>soundcloud.com/joakimdrescher <<
What inspires you?
I am inspired by a large cross section of culture. 80’s cult movies, literature, RAW magazine (and the artists who were involved in that), the Chicago Imagists, A lot of different music.
What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio?
I use pretty simple tools...sometimes a dip pen, watercolours, acrylic paint.
Can you tell us about your relationship with your work?
I am pretty much working on something or other all time, usually working on multiple things at once.
Name a couple of things that makes you happy?
Taking walks, making music.
What kind of books do you read usually?
Again- really different: I just read ‘lightning rods’ by Helen Dewitt, which I highly recommend. I love the books of sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Magnus mills, Flannery O’ Connor, Tom Wolfe, Richard Brautigan, Carson Mccullers, David Sedaris. too many great ones to mention.
Are you working on some new projects these days?
I’m working on my new book.- another graphic novel - in the style of a 1950’s pulp magazine. (just released one where the main character is a detective modeled on the writer Albert Camus, this is a sort of follow up.)
What else should we know about you and your work?
There isn't much to it. What you see is what you get, sorta.
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