cathedralWe just can’t get enough of artist stories from 3Doodler, and here’s another one as 3Doodler spotlights the Doodle of the Year Runner-Up in the recent 2015 3Doodler Awards. These awards were 3Doodler’s way of recognizing how innovative people are when they get their hands on a 3Doodler pen. This spotlight takes a look at Eduardo Pires, a Brazilian who studied Computer Science at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Pires has traveled extensively around the world, including Russia. Here, he was able to see the stunning and colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral with his own eyes, and his doodled rendition of it is what landed him the 3Doodler Award. Now, Pires is on to India, where he continues to find inspiration for his ongoing 3Doodled projects.

Reporting that he has lived in Moscow since May 2015 and has been doodling since January 2015, Pires states that he immediately fell in love with Moscow’s famous Cathedral and wanted to be the first to 3Doodle it. The building has an interesting history, as it was ordered built by Ivan the Terrible from 1555-1561. Built to resemble flames rising from a bonfire, it’s more elaborate than most castles and cathedrals. There’s nothing approximating it in Russian Byzantine architecture from the period, making it a globally renowned structure as unique as Russia’s own history.

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The Catherdral was an interesting match for a unique new technology: the 3D printing pen. Pires explains how he prepared to 3Doodle the structure:

“I started with the towers themselves, Doodling over two separate paper octagons folded into shape. The domes as well used rolled up paper as a base. Afterwards I began to decorate them and then use more 2D pieces Doodled together to create the base. It took me about 30 hours in total. The design process was mostly freehand using a lot of photos for reference.”

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When asked what he likes most about the 3Doodler, Pires explains:

“I’ve been drawing and making sculptures my whole life. 3Doodler is the perfect tool for anyone who loves drawing because it lends a permanence to your creations that traditional mediums can’t.”

It is always interesting to hear what artists love about using the 3Doodler. Pires’ choice to transcend traditional mediums with his 3Doodler reflects the motivation behind his first 3Doodler Award — the Cathedral. If you’d like to follow his Taj Mahal progress, check him out on Twitter @dhudupires. Discuss this more in the 3Doodler Taj Mahal Aspirations forum over at 3DPB.com.

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