THE MINIMALIST WAVE
ALAIN BOURDIN IS A FRENCH GRAPHIC DESIGNER WHO DRAWS WITH A UNIQUE MINIMALIST STYLE. WE LOVE HIS CLASSY ILLUSTRATIONS OF FEMALE SURFERS, SO WE THOUGHT WE’D HAVE A QUICK WORD WITH HIM TO FIND OUT MORE.
Alain, how has surfing influenced your artwork?
I observe the ocean, its waves and its way of moving. It fascinates me to see an element that is always the same, but never rhythmic in the same way. That’s what pushed me to draw waves. I wanted to capture that momentary moment. And it’s also a way to be aware of nature, to stay connected.
What does surfing mean to you? To be in nature and to be aware that one must deal with it, not dominate it
or appropriate it.
Who are the female surfers in your photos?
Friends, people I admire or silent unknowns. I choose according to the moment. If I see an atypical girl or an elegant surfer I draw. It may be a situation or a special pose. Even a detail. And sometimes, I draw surfers who advance the discipline, like Belinda Baggs for example.
What’s the most important thing in life to you? Freedom. Do not depend on objects or people and enjoy each second of time. The train will not pass twice. It is important for me to enjoy the moment because there will be no second chance. The freedom allows me to work with who I want, when I want and especially to do things according to my desires. Every minute counts.
See more of Alain’s artwork go to www.theminimalistwave.com