Event Review: 2014 Red Bull Doodle Art Competition

As part of their campaign to give wings to sports men and budding artists, Red Bull Incorporated launched a worldwide international doodle art making contest. Red Bull aims to...

As part of their campaign to give wings to sports men and budding artists, Red Bull Incorporated launched a worldwide international doodle art making contest. Red Bull aims to “provide these young talented student artists with a platform to both shine and express their artistic prowess.” It is a bold move to delve away from the usual stigma that Red Bull is only focused on sports-oriented activities. Thus, it can be a student-friendly energy booster that doodling artists can consume as refreshment while drawing.

In the Philippines, Red Bull caught the attention of young doodle artists by taking social media as the tool for information dissemination. Artists were invited to make their own doodle in a special doodle template that can be downloaded on their website. They can opt to draw using pen and paper or submit a digital design.

Finally, on October 9, 2014, Red Bull held its Final Gallery Night at Secret Fresh, Ronac Art Center, Ortigas. Three young budding artists’ names came forth, besting all the other entries that were submitted online.

Patrick Acma Estancia, a 20-year old native of Iloilo brought home the bacon with his vivid colours and portrayal of a mother’s sacrifice for her child.

“Actually I did not take the contest seriously,” he admitted, “Because it’s my first time to join an online drawing contest. I just draw and think like how I plan on my other usual artworks.”

Patrick admitted that he was doubtful that he could even be part of the Top 20. “I thought I can’t even be on top 20 before because my constituents were from big universities. But the one I can’t neglect is a prayer of knowledge from God – and that’s the greatest preparation in any contest for me.”

Manuel Lito Liwanag, the 18-year old second placer from Bulacan shares the same sentiment with the champion.

“Hindi ko talaga gustong sumali kasi nasa isip ko na ‘hala ang daming mamaw dito, wala akong laban,’” he says, “Sayang oras, pero para ma-experience ko po na sumali sa doodle contest, sinubukan ko na. (I never really planned on joining this contest because I know that there will be big contenders who would join as well. I thought it would be a waste of time, but since I really wanted to experience a real doodle contest, I tried.)”

He agrees that reaching the Top 20 is a very crucial stage in the competition, “Challenge pa po dito ung pagpasok sa Top 20 kasi based on likes po. So nagpapasalamat po ‘ko sa mga kaibigan kong tumulong sakin. (The challenge here is to be able to be part of the Top 20, since this would be based on many Facebook ‘likes’ my artwork can get. So, I am very thankful of all the friends who supported me online.)”

For the full story, grab DOODLE ARTS Magazine’s September-December 2014 Inspiration Issue.

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Dibs Leaño is a professional writer, journalist, and managing editor of Doodle Arts. While not working as content manager, she prefers to play computer games, feed her cats, vandalize restroom walls, draw doodles for special occasions, whine for more and plan for world domination. Follow her on Instagram, @dibsidoodles.
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