Daniel Bota’s surf-inspired illustrations look like they jumped out of a video game. The Sao Paolo, Brazil-based artist has been surfing for more than 20 years, and but got into illustration when he started drawing pictures of his famous friends. Here he shares a bit about his process and inspiration, along with images of his recent work.
1.) Who are your top 3 artistic influencers?
Firstly, I enjoy the old Italian artists and more recently, I like the style of other artists like Agnes Cecile, Florian Nicolle, Voka and Francoise Nielly, although they’re not surf artists but express emotions of human beings, that’s why I like them.
2.) Where do you create your art?
For a while, I work at home. But, in a quiet place with a pencil or a brush, every place becomes a nice place to create.
3.) How much time do you typically spend on each piece?
Acrylic on canvas I usually spend about two days painting. If I use oil, it takes longer because the ink takes more time to become dry. I usually spend hours in front of my computer looking at my own layouts and sketches before painting. And the illustrations I make on computer (digital) I spent about 4 hours on each.
4.) What mediums do you work in?
Acrylic and oil on canvas. Sometimes watercolor. For digital drawings, I use my pentablet on Photoshop.
5.) Do you have any advice for young artists?
“Believe in your art, trust in God! Put yourself in to make your best… the best you can do – The results come naturally!”
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