Joakim Drescher

Artist Interview

April 17, 2016
Joakim Drescher (b.1986, Denmark) a graphic novelist and artist who grew up all over the world, currently lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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... >> <<

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.

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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.

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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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