I’m Jovi. Back in 2019, I decided to follow my passion for drawing and surfing. I started a graphic design course after my working hours as a social-cultural worker. At the same time, I started @RaisedBySummer, my very own ocean-inspired passion project. Today I can call myself a freelance illustrator, graphic designer, and muralist who is currently living between different surf spots.

I believe that I can only become true to myself when I follow my passion and purpose. For years I tried to live the standard expectations of society and it’s just not working for me. I feel there is more to discover in myself and the world. I only want to settle for a life that is fully aligned with how I feel inside. It’s far from the easiest road, but one worth traveling.

Instagram: @raisedbysummer
Website: raisedbysummer.be

Describe your art journey!

It’s been a long road of consistent learning to be where I am today. I’m a self-taught illustrator that followed a two years graphic design and business course to live a location-free surf lifestyle.

How do your daily habits affect your creative expression?

I think many creatives have their daily life as a form of inspiration.

My inspiration is everywhere. Music, books, news events, other artists, interior design, photography, nature, surf culture, traveling, religion, clothing, architecture,…

How has art impacted the way you structure your day?

To work most effectively I do the most challenging tasks, like creative thinking, during the mornings. During the afternoon I tackle the other sides of being a creative: making contracts, emailing, calling with clients, and attracting new clients.

What role does art play in your personal wellness?

To live a life that is 100% tailor-made by yourself has a huge influence on your wellness and over health. To live true and actively work toward your own goals and future, it’s a great feeling.

What are your favorite creative media and/or subjects?

A combination of linography and digital techniques.

Who or what has been the biggest influence(s) to you as an artist?

I’m an artist that illustrates within an ocean/surf-minded community, in this community, I’m influenced by the previous generation: Andy Davis and Daniella Garreton.

When we talk about some of the greatest, I like the life story of Pablo Picasso and the simplicity of Keith Haring.

Jovi Cauwels’s daily routine:

  • 6:00 AM Wake up / surf / read a book or listen to a podcast
  • 8:45 AM Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM Work
  • 12:30 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 PM Work
  • 5:00 PM Surf / friends and family / learning
  • 8:00 PM Dinner
  • 9:00 PM Slow down / no phone
  • 10:00 PM Sleep

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Jovi is a “Featured Artist” in our Owaves app!  Add some creativity to your day by going into “Settings” > “Center Photo” > and turning “Featured Artist” ON. The artist’s selection will show up in the center of your O for each day of the week (unless you select a custom photo).

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