THE WON­DER­FUL WORLD OF JONAS CLAESSON

Surf Girl - - Radar - Take a look at the Jonas Claesson col­lec­tion at www.sur­f­girl­beach­bou­tique.com

Jonas Claesson has an amaz­ing eye for draw­ing cool surf­ing pic­tures with an­i­mals in them. Originally from Stock­holm, Jonas now re­sides on the sunny Gold Coast in Aus­tralia, cre­at­ing wild and wacky il­lus­tra­tions that range from tube rid­ing tigers to surf­ing sloths. It’s fair to say Jonas has built up a great name for him­self with his dis­tinct and unique style.

We’ve just in­tro­duced a range of Jonas’s work to the Beach Bou­tique so we thought we’d have a quick chat.

Jonas, your art­work is re­ally dif­fer­ent – how did you get into de­vel­op­ing your style?

Thank you! I think it’s just a grad­ual thing that hap­pens over time, draw­ing things that are fun to draw, try­ing new medi­ums and evolv­ing ideas.

Where do you get your ideas?

From ev­ery­day life and things I see around me. From surf­ing and from tak­ing naps.

What in­spires you?

Na­ture, happy peo­ple and be­ing in the out­doors. I get in­spired from a lot of things in ev­ery­day life – things I see when I surf, travel and do what­ever. And to­day, with all the so­cial me­dia it’s also easy to fol­low very in­spir­ing peo­ple do­ing cool stuff from all over the world.

Draw­ing in it­self is also in­spir­ing. It is one of the few things that takes me into the flow, where I stop think­ing about time, emails, dead­lines and to do lists.

Did you ex­pect your art to do so well when you first started out?

Not at all. I am sur­prised, happy and hum­bled that so many peo­ple con­nect with my art. It is such a bless­ing to be able to draw for a liv­ing.

If you were one of your surf­ing an­i­mals which one would you be?

A long­board­ing sloth.

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