Between the 13th and 15th of May Moosey Art Gallery was transformed in the space of just 48 hours in an all-out doodle frenzy. Sam Cox, otherwise known as “The Doodle Man” is the man behind the madness. We got chatting to him for his unique artist’s perspective on the charity event and got the insider’s lowdown on the two days of doodling!
“The Doodle Marathon was great.” He began, “Moosey Art came up with the idea when we were talking about possibilities for a show last year, and a 48 hour test of how much I could doodle was a perfect outcome as I love drawing everywhere for a long duration of time.” However 48 hours was pushing even his own capabilities to the limit, he admitted. “I have stayed up for long amounts of time before, when I have had to finish bits of drawings. But nothing like this in a public and documented challenge.”
However with a little help from our friends at The Alley sleep deprivation didn’t affect the Doodler too heavily until the final hours of his stint. “The non sleeping was actually all fine! The Alley is a great cafe that is connected to Moosey and the lovely people from there kept bringing me tea and coffee haha! So I was okay, until suddenly around the 45th hour where there was a dramatic drop in how well I was working. I started to fill in certain sections with paint that I wouldn't normally and it all got a bit weird.” Our very own Frazer was also on hand, committing to the entire 48 hours alongside the Doodler as both moral support and tactical aid to insomnia.
“I make up ideas as I go with things like this. Because it was more about the test of time and endurance, I didn't have time to work too closely to a theme and stop and pre-sketch or anything like that. Whereas with a different job I'd generally theme the work on what is relevant to the place of the mural. But with this I just had fun and made things up on the way.” The walls also included hidden narrative sections depicting the Doodler in wacky situations such as tackling ticking time-bomb-clocks and being looked after by doctors for a severe case of ‘the Doodles!’ “I made myself laugh with these drawings, and it's quite a luxury to have 48 hours just to think about whatever you want, I spent lots of time thinking about rollercoasters, school exams and rabbits.”
“It all went much better than I thought, I didn't really know what was going to happen, but I'm grateful that it went well! I covered the gallery slightly quicker than I thought I would, but only slightly.” And with that Moosey Gallery is added to the long list of places, objects and sometimes people to be covered in the Doodle Man’s signature style, his personal favourite being the time he completely filled his own kitchen in doodled detail.
“The public seemed to love the work, sometimes people requested for things to be drawn which was fun. People took selfies in the room as well. They were fully enjoying walking round Doodleland!” But this marathon was something more than just in the name of art, as the higher purpose of the entire event was aimed at raising money for the World Child Cancer charity which not only treats and cures children suffering from the illness worldwide but also trains doctors in developing countries and provides to social support necessary to allow patients to rebuild after cancer strikes. Each section of the doodled gallery was sliced into A3 sections and sold at £10 per sheet, some of which are still available, which has raised a total of £1500 and counting. Thanks to everyone who has supported this even and contributed towards the impressive total and, as final word from the Doodle Man, “I'd love to thank Moosey Art for managing the whole project and the people of Norwich who supported me and brought me smoothies and pizzas to keep me going! It was very fun and I love doing things like this. Thanks for everything!”
Words By Jodie Smith