One of the joys of Mazatlan is body surfing in its warm strong waves. I love catching a wave at the perfect moment and then being propelled a long way up onto the beach. I wanted to capture this feeling in sketch.
I began this sketch in Mazatlan of my brother and his two sons as they body surfed and thought it captured the feel of the sea swirling around swimmers. However, I put it aside because the colors were dull compared to the vibrant colors of Mazatlan. Today I took pastels and more gouache and brightened the figures, sky and sea.
This is a gouache and pastel sketch in a Moleskine sketchbook with black pages.