Dave Draws Masterclass At The Renaissance Hotel

Everybody knows that I love a doodle but there is one artist in Manchester who takes doodling to a new level. 

I was recently invited to attend a doodling master class with Dave Draws, a local artist who has rapidly grown a reputation for his doodled maps of Manchester which include The Northern Quarter, Didsbury, Chorlton, Hulme, Salford and The City Centre.

The event was being held at The Renaissance Hotel in Manchester who commissioned Dave to create a large mural map of the City Centre inside it’s hotel lobby area. The map not only looks amazing, but is also a great way for guests to navigate around the city.

This was my first visit to The Renaissance and I was suitably impressed.  Based on Deansgate in the City Centre, The Renaissance is set over 13 floors and boasts its own underground car park.  Its central location means it’s the perfect base for exploring the city.

Dave Draws the streets of Manchester at the Reanissance Hotel Manchester City Centre. – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

What I also like about the hotel is it’s ‘Business Unusual’ philosophy which aims to helps its guests uncover local, unexpected experiences.  They showcase local artistic talent such as Dave Draws and host signature events in their bars, lounges and lobbies. 

I genuinely love this concept.  When I go to a new city, I will buy a guide-book and research before my trip to make sure I get as much out of that experience as I can.  In theory, this is great but it’s often only the locals that truly know what new cultural gems their city has to offer so it’s nice to see a hotel offering up this information to their guests.

The event took place in the hotel bar area and when I arrived I recognised Dave straight away.  With his trademark long hair, I had to enquire if we could possibly be related?!

We were soon sat down with paper and pens and offered a specially designed cocktail for the night, which had been created by the friendly bar team.  I opted for ‘The Pollock’ which was very similar to a B52 style cocktail and utterly delicious.

Prior to the class, I had been asked what area I would like to doodle.  I chose Chorlton as I used to live there in my ‘younger’ days and it holds a lot of fun memories.

Dave introduced himself to the group and explained how he’d gone from being a web designer to a doodle artist who was recently commissioned to doodle Hong Kong Island.  He often works around the country on a variety of commissions.  

Dave encouraged us to create a map that was personal to us and our own unique styles, rather than just copying his techniques.  This was great advice as I always feel that any piece of art should be a reflection of the artist.

As I sat there sipping my cocktail, I was busy doodling away at Chorlton whilst privately reminiscing to myself.  It helped to doodle an area that I have personally lived in as I already had a good sense of scale and the landmarks. 

Delicious canapes were served up as we studiously continued with our artwork.  Dave was happy to walk around and chat to the group and there was a nice, relaxed atmosphere all evening.

It was an enjoyable evening from start to finish and Dave was a great host. I have to also mention that the staff at the hotel were really lovely too.

An evening spent doodling, sipping cocktails and eating canapes is a pretty perfect evening in my book!

The next master class with Dave Draws at the Renaissance is taking place on 20th April.  Tickets are available by visiting Eventbrite and you’ll find more information via the Facebook page.

Love Toria


(Thank you to the Renaissance Hotel who invited me to attend the master class event as a guest.)





  1. 27th February 2017 / 1:20 pm

    Thank you so much for coming along Tor, so pleased you enjoyed it

    • 14th March 2017 / 2:17 pm

      You’re welcome Maria, it was lovely to meet you. x

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