“I think coloring books are good, but for me the lines are the fun part,” says surf illustrator Jonas Claesson. “The coloring is just the finish, but it’s the lines that tell the story. I think people can say a lot with very few lines, which is very cool to me. When I’m drawing, it’s the only time I get into the zone. It’s like meditation.”
You’ve probably heard of the adult coloring book trend, but the artistic activity of surf doodling is arguably much better suited for ocean lovers. Forget about coloring between the lines, or even coloring in at all. The aim of a surf doodle is to capture outlines, patterns, and contours. This is why waves are the perfect subject.
“A lot of times when I draw the ocean, it’s the only time I stop looking at the clock or thinking about my to-do list,” says Jonas. “I get in the zone and it feels like the equivalent of meditation.” But Jonas’ doodles have been turned into posters, badges, and clothing. Why should the rest of us who aren’t professional artists try it?