Sabastien Pillay is a 27-year-old from Durban with a gift for sketching. He put this gift to the test when he entered last year’s Red Bull Doodle competition and won.
He went up against a multitude of talents from around the country and emerged victorious.
Ahead of entries opening for the next iteration of this year's contest, we speak with Pillay, who recounts his experience of winning.
Pillay has a trained hand and has been drawing for quite some time now.
Pillay believes what has made the difference and helped his work stand out was that his 2017 entry was a well-thought-out piece, which was very diverse in elements and the composition that made it stand out.
"The artwork had a lot of doodles that formed the word “Hi”. The message and elements were clear. I’d say that’s what made it stand out," he explains.
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He says winning the competition in South Africa was an out-of-this-world experience for him, adding:
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We are pretty sure there are more than a few hopefuls out there looking to make a mark in this competition and represent the country to the fullest.
To those people, Pillay urges: "For anyone entering this year’s competition, I would say that they must just be themselves and portray their visions or inspiration to paper. They must also have fun in the process and give it their best."
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This is what winning taught him the most and he always strives to fuse his persona with his creativity, which he believes will leave one in good stead.
"Winning the competition has taught me to always put my best work out there, to just be myself and create work that is out of the ordinary. It has also made me appreciate the process of creating artworks and the details in them."
Entries for the Red Bull Doodle Art competition are open and close on March 11.