Doodling gives you wings!


Students in Falmouth have joined forces with Red Bull and celebrated ‘doodling muralist’ Dave Draws as part of a special partnership with Red Bull Doodle Art, a student-focused initiative and global competition to empower a new generation of artists through “the magic of doodling”.

Red Bull’s Doodle Art competition encouraged individuals to let their minds wander through imaginative doodles and Red Bull were looking to create a bespoke doodle piece in collaboration with a university known for its artistic background.

Falmouth will have 13 students involved in the collaboration, representing a range of courses including Fine Art, Illustration, Games Art, Textiles, Business & Digital Marketing.

Earlier this week, 13 chosen students painstakingly created their part of the overall Doodle mural masterpiece under the theme “What does Falmouth University mean to you?”. The collaboration was part of Red Bull’s Student Projects and the mural is situated at Falmouth’s Fox Café.

Helping the students and creating his own signature artistic flair was Dave Draws, a popular freelance illustrator, mural artist and serial map doodler who has travelled across Europe, Hong Kong and the US for his large-scale wall murals. Dave’s trademark is his doodle maps that combine his unique doodle style with cartoonish illustrations creating a map of a city.

The collaboration with Red Bull Doodle Art was a natural fit for the university as it launches its 2023 “Creativity in everything” campaign, which seeks to expand the boundaries of creativity.

Red Bull describe the overall competition as the place “where art and technology meet with new opportunities for creative doodlers to let their minds wander through imaginative doodles….”

Dave Draws said: “It’s nice to see all the different styles of the students’ work – it’s good to work with them, they’re really receptive and they’re bringing some great ideas. I’m helping them out answering their questions, but otherwise I’m letting them doodle.

“The hard work is getting the landmarks in place. I spoke to the students about what it is they like about Falmouth. What’s the university experience like here? As an artist, it looks like a brilliant campus to be based at.

“I’ve worked on murals in big cities such as Paris, Prague, Hong Kong, New York. Cities tend to have big skyscrapers, in Cornwall there’s a particular type of architecture. This mural is so wide that I won’t be doing a map, but we’ll capture a mix of well-known landmarks and local businesses. There’s a lot of character in the town. It’s coming on really well.”