This week we celebrate and offer hearty congratulations to our 2015 3Doodler Interior Design Award Winner - Esra Oguz! Esra took top prize with a 3Doodled Flower Basket display (that could have fooled a professional florist).

Join us as we discuss her creative process, from capturing natural forms in her art, to wire-framing, creating fine textures, and what woodcrafting and 3Doodling have in common!

3Doodler: How long have you been 3Doodling and how has your technique developed?

Esra Oguz: I started to Doodle at the end of 2013 . I was living in Dubai when my cousin asked me to try it out. I made some 2D objects by tracing my own drawings and assembling smaller pieces. I had trouble imagining how to create 3D objects with soft, smooth, curved surfaces. Since I have a personality that loves to be challenged I kept on working at it - in a week’s time I had made my cousin a bird on a swing. It didn't look spectacular but it sparked my interest in 3Doodling which has continued since.

A local distributor asked me to help with some demonstrations. This motivated me to think up new techniques and try things that I hadn't done yet. The more I Doodled the more comfortable I became with how the plastic behaves, how to control the pen etc. and I am still learning!

Esra Oguz 3Doodler Collage Esra Oguz 3Doodler Collage
Esra Oguz 2015 3Doodler Wildlife Award Flower Basket Detail
3D: How long did it take to create your 3Doodler Awards submission? It's wildly intricate, did you plan out the specific flower arrangement beforehand?

EO: Initially I didn't plan to Doodle such a big and detailed piece of artwork. My first plan was to create a simple bunch of flowers. One by one I improvised each flower, put them together and it turned into a big bunch before I realized. I don't remember at what point it became a basket of flowers - I got completely lost in Doodling until someone stopped me to remind me it was time to submit before the Awards deadline! The entire piece took around a month to complete, working around 4-5 hours per day.

3D: Another piece that stands out in terms of detail is the Ribbon Basket. How did you manage to make such delicate pieces? Were they carefully Doodled onto the basket or added afterwards?

EO: I owe my craftsmanship skills to my family and the school I graduated from. I grew up watching my parents nailing intricate art and craftwork designs, studying “hand crafts teaching”, and learning pattern design well. It’s also a collection of all the previous professional experience I gained such as wood crafting as well as Ottoman Art and Calligraphy restoration.

I wanted to Doodle something with an authentic design for the Ribbon Basket. I am very familiar with how ribbon works, so I decided to add ribbons to make a thread for the basket. As usual I did not plan how to make it in advance. I just began with Doodling strips of ribbon and assembling them. I put those pieces on the bottom of a salad bowl and applied some heat by using my hair dryer, following the shape of the bowl. The more I use the 3Doodler, the more I find myself learning how to make better use of it for perfect detailing.

Esra Oguz 3Doodler Ribbon Basket Esra Oguz 3Doodler Basket Split Shot
Esra Oguz Wireframe Process Esra Oguz 3Doodler Camel
3D: A lot of your figures start with wireframes. Do you have any tips for 3Doodler users out there who might be struggling to get started?

EO: I usually use ABS filaments for wireframes because it stays strong when I fill the surface. I've gotten used to making them, but it's still the most time consuming part of Doodling for me. I use a variety of objects to start a base, for example crumpled newspaper.

Sometimes I draw the initial image to start building wireframes or find examples online, print and Doodle in 2D before I lift it up and start using it as base for turning it into a 3D structure.

I use freehand techniques by placing the hollow 2D piece in the center and building more frames around it. The other technique I use is breaking an idea into pieces and then assembling them. Creating an object in this fashion is more like engineering. You can always mix these techniques of course!

3D: The solid surfaces in your Doodles all have a very pleasing uniform appearance. Can you share any insights into how you create such a consistent pattern when filling them in?

EO: Patience and taking a position that allows good control of the hand for consistency. I try filling the surface without any space patiently and avoid Doodling in the same space more than once to ensure textural consistency. Another method I use is reheating the Doodle to allow the plastic's surface to become smoother, but the trick here is to do it without loosing the Doodle’s overall form.

Esra Oguz 3Doodler Textures
Esra Oguz 2015 Wildlife 3Doodler Awards
3D: What's your favourite thing you've made with the pen? The most challenging thing?

EO: All my Doodles are favourites 🙂 but perhaps my favourite is my Flower Basket. After the great amount of time spent on it I was very satisfied with the detailing. I used glow in the dark filament for the outer frame - you should see it when the lights are switched off! I also love my “Snooker Player” piece. That was the first "mixed media" Doodle ever made. I covered the table top with green felt and used beads for the legs of the table. It was fun!

3D: What are you working on with the 3Doodler at the moment? Are there any projects that you haven't got around to yet?

EO: I am now living in Istanbul and getting involved in demonstration at 3Doodler events with 3Doodler's Turkish distributor. I'm also Doodling some display samples these days, and I've just finished several animal Doodles to be sent to Dubai, as well as some iconic architectural pieces - one of them is Galata Tower in Istanbul.

As far as my Doodle bucket list goes… I want to experience using the 3Doodler with new materials and get involved in teaching kids to use the 3Doodler Start. I'm excited to see the 3Doodler used more widely in schools and incorporated into Arts & Crafts subjects!

Check out Esra on Instagram for more of her3 Doodling genius.

Also don't miss her WordPress Blog - she wasn't kidding about those woodworking skills!