Surf is a passion that became a source of inspiration for Brazilian artist Daniel Bota, who draws graphic illustrations and paints on screens. Bota’s interest in drawing surf illustrations came naturally, as a surfer himself for over 20 years. The Sao Paulo, Brazil based artist has been traveling the world looking for the perfect wave. As a result, combining art and surf together was like a “marriage” for him.
“It’s like I am giving back to the sport all of the wonderful things I have received,” he says. “I try to express the joy and radicalism of sports, translating that magic moment when the surfer is satisfied with his or her performance.”
He first started illustrating imaginary surfers and then drawing his friends and acquaintances, including the big wave rider Rodrigo Koxa, with whom he has surfed since he was a kid.
“I did not originally want to draw famous surfers, although it is one of my dreams to present them with the art,” agrees Bota.
Big wave charger, Rodrigo Koxa, poses with his illustration by Daniel Bota.
As a result, surfers were stoked off his art and some of them even framed his work. His art ended up being featured in the famous Brazilian surf website, WAVES.
Bota currently works in advertising as an art director, but he has taken many courses in drawing and computer graphics and also has worked as a graphic designer. His favorite illustration style is the gestural paintings with looser brushstrokes.
“I like a well diversified color palette and I also like to explore the human element,” he adds. “I love the anatomy of movement and nothing shows that better than sports.”
Bota’s involvement with art has come a long way. He has been drawing surf for a while, and gets inspiration from many other artists. As a child, he loved to browse the Genius Painting collection, as well as the classics: Rembrandt, Delacroix, Monet and Michelangelo’s sketches. Nowadays, he identifies with the styles of Florian Nicolle, Agnes Cecile and Francoise Nielly.
Surfer Antonio Eudes Deda’s barrel face depicted by Daniel Bota. Photo: Daniel Bota
Bota explains that both painting in screen and digital has its advantages:
“The screen painting is a unique object of decoration,” he says, “but digital painting is a modern and versatile format and also can be printed in any size and in other formats, such as shirts or panels, because I deliver the art in a PDF high resolution format,” he says.
In theory, Bota says he prefers to paint in the screen than drawing on the computer.
“The result is more artistic, but it takes longer to complete. However, the impact of the digital illustrations have been great on social networks and the gratification is faster,” he says.
For the last two years Bota has dedicated his time to the arts and he wants to continue developing his skills with every work of art. He plans to dedicate his time exclusively this style of art in the future.
See more of Bota’s art at: www.danielbota.com.br