San Francisco based artist Andres Amador has taken drawing a name in the sand to the next level. Using only a rake he creates massiveÂ piecesÂ of art on sandy beaches. Everything from geometric shapes, to flowers, to random shapes and lines, to designs for marriage proposals. Pretty rad if you ask me.
From an interview withÂ UK Metro Newspaper, Andres explains his creative process.
“Itâ€™d be pretty cool to be able to get to the beach and completely freehand it, but Iâ€™m afraid that skill is beyond me (maybe when Iâ€™ve become One With All Things!). A design starts with an inspiration of some sort- an off-hand doodle, an image from my many books on cultural design, or perhaps something I came across that day of which I took a picture. About 95% of the work is done beforehand on my computer, creating as many versions as I can of a design and choosing the one that speaks to me. Then I reverse-engineer the step-by-step process I would need to replicate the design on the beach. Next I choose an appropriate day for a design, which is contingent on the tides and available daylight. The final step is to trust the guide I made and start raking. Actually the truly final step is the photography, which is a whole other challenge, as I race up the hill to the overlook above (I choose my site locations strategically) to take photos before I either run out of light or the waves start eating my design. The window of opportunity is very narrow.”
Check outÂ Andres’ websiteÂ where you can see more of his work and buy prints.