Design Links: A Chain of Creative Inspiration, Part 7


Editor’s Note: This is part seven in Emily Potts’ inspirational series, Design Links. Every other week, will feature three artists whose work offers fresh, fun and stimulating creative inspiration. Each artist picks the next link—someone who personally inspires him/her. Check out the sixth part in the series, featuring Chris Harnan, Elliot Freeman, and John Broadley here.

John Broadley is inspired by …

Henrik Drescher

I believe that when someone inspires you, it’s because there is something in their work that you feel like you would like to emulate in your own. That thing in Henrik’s drawings is the sense of freedom and looseness. When you look at his work, you can’t quite pin down how it has been done. It almost feels like an automatic drawing produced by a medium in a trance. One of his most recent drawings, “Stonesthrow,” appears to be on the move as you view it. It’s a 28-page drawing of scribbled shapes and lines which metamorphosize between being patterned stones, heads, and mattered hair. One of the things I find most difficult, is to keep the freshness and immediacy that I have in my personal work when I have to complete a commission. With Henrik’s there is no difference between the two; his work appears to be totally uncompromised.


One of the first things of his I came across were these China Notebooks. They are a series of ten notebooks which Henrik printed himself while artist in residence at the Danish Design School. Despite being a printed edition, they have the appearance of a one-off sketchbook, so rich and varied are the colors, media and textures incorporated. (You can read about the full project here.)


I love this full page illustration he did for the New York Times. I love the fact that work of this nature is being given such a wide audience in a daily newspaper—it’s refreshing to see. 

Henrick Drescher is inspired by …

Michael Rytz

I appreciate Michael Rytz’s work for its deeply personal approach. His work is staged primarily in a notebook where each spread can be read as an individual picture, or as part of the whole book conjuring an extended wordless narrative rant.

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His images map an interior world filled with potent inspirations from diverse sources such as Indian miniatures, TV cartoons, and geometric mayhem on the road to total visual lunacy.

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In Michael’s books, I see a trajectory away from the cloyingly stylistic imagery of the illustration world, toward a more wide open, personal and painterly cosmos.

Michael Rytz is inspired by ….

Jan Oksbøl Callesen

Jan Callesen is the perfect mix of an artisan and artist—not afraid to push the boundaries of trying different techniques and improving on them, but also capable of putting himself in his work, making it matter and last but not least, making them in his voice and by his hand, and his alone.


Always able to tell a good story, both if you have the pleasure of meeting him personally or in his work. For Jan there never seem to be any creative droughts or dry spells, but a rarely sense of pleasure in his craft and work


A collector of old paper and, piles of sketchbooks and high work-ethic makes for a big catalog that more people need to see. There are those that draw the world as it is, and those as it could be. Jan can do both and is more generous with his creativity than most.

Tune in two weeks from now to see who inspires Jan Oksbøl Callesen.