08 October 2022| 11 Rabi ul Awwal 1444
A world-renowned artist has covered every square inch of his £1.35million house in doodles – working his way through 900 litres of emulsion, 401 cans of spray paint, 286 bottles of drawing paint, and 2,296 pen nibs.
Sam Cox, also known as Mr Doodle, has spent the last two years plastering the walls of his six-bedroom, neo-Georgian mansion with the signature black-and-white drawings.
The 28-year-old artist built his 2.7 million Instagram following after studying illustration at the University of The West of England, in Bristol, where he’d spend 16-hour days drawing, earning himself the nickname ‘the Doodle Man’.
The artist said his lifelong goal has been to buy a house to transform into a ‘doodle-verse’.
And in 2019, the 28-year-old’s dream came true when he purchased a property in the quaint town of Tenterden, Kent for £1.35million.
Sam said the couple who sold him the house begged him not to doodle on the walls but he ignored their pleas.
He told The Sunday Times: ‘They told me whatever you do, please don’t doodle. I didn’t listen.’
The artist’s adventurous project began in the main bedroom – which he decorated with ‘dream’ themed drawings – and the 2,000-tile en-suite bathroom, which has a sea theme.
The first stage took a gruelling two months to complete, but Sam was determined to finish it on his own.
He added: ‘It’s the longest project I’ve done. I wanted to say I’d done it all myself.’
On Sunday, Sam unveiled the finished product, which he describes as his ‘living artwork’, in a time-lapse video on social media.
He has left no surface untouched, with every wall and ceiling and all amenities, including the television, hob and bath, covered in monochromatic doodles.
Despite admitting he didn’t plan any of his drawings, Sam has given every room its own theme.