THE MIN­I­MAL­IST WAVE

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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

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