DUT STUDENT WINS RED BULL REGIONAL COMPETITION
By: Venal Naidu
A Durban University of Technology student, Sabastien Pillay (22), will be representing South Africa in the Red Bull Doodle Art competition finals, which takes place in San Francisco later this month.
He is a third year graphic design student in the Faculty of Arts and Design. He entered a competition held by Red Bull which required participants to draw a doodle, which is a drawing made absent-mindedly.
Pillay will be representing South Africa in a competition that will consist of 47 countries in the United States of America starting on June 20.
“At first I did not want to enter the competition but my lecturers influenced me, they said that it was my type of work, so I entered and I became the region finalist,” Pillay explained.
Pillay’s doodle went up against fellow regional finalists across the country and his drawing was placed first.
“It is a bit nerve wrecking thinking about the competition; that I will be up against other amazing artists and doodle illustrators in America. But it is a nice feeling and I am looking forward to it,” said Pillay.
Drawing only became a major role in Pillay’s life in the final two years of high school.
“In grade 11 and 12 my friends and I used to playfully compete against each other by drawing cars in class and that’s when I knew I loved to draw,” explained Pillay.
Pillay said he did not want to study graphic design but thanks to a family member’s encouragement, he is pleased with his selection.
“My uncle introduced me to the course. I always wanted to be a fine artist but I also wanted my work to be on digital platforms and graphic design fitted that perfectly,” Pillay added.
Pillays’ work has been showcased at exhibitions and on the cover of Soft Copy, a magazine dedicated to his faculty.
Pictured: Sebastien Pillay set to leave for San Francisco (USA) later this month.