Participate in the Big Picture before May 15th and you will entered to win prizes in our next giveaway


On May 15th,  we will select 6 of the most interesting contributions to the Big Picture for our fifth giveaway and they will win prizes by our sponsors. If you already participated in the project, you don’t need to do anything,  you are automatically eligible to win a prize.

What are we looking for? We are looking for personal stories that will let us know a bit more about yourself:

  • where you are from
  • where you live now
  • your everyday life
  • significant events
  • what you like
  • who you love
  • your pets
  • your inspiration
  • your state of mind…

You can see the winners of our last giveaways here

Our giveaway prizes

2 Pan Pastels sets with 5 colors of your choice, a tray and a soft tools starter set


1 Strathmore Vision sketchbook 5.5 x 8.5 inches and a Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

1 Strathmore Vision sketchbook 7 x 10 inches and 1 Copic Multiliner set of inking pens


1 Speedball Sketching  Set

1 Speedball Artist Set


If you already uploaded you drawings, you are automatically entered for the giveaways

Each participant can upload up to 4 pictures

Good luck !



Congratulations to the winners of our Fifth giveaway !

We selected the winners of our fifth giveaway. Congratulations to all the talented artists and story tellers!

As usual it was heartbreaking to select only 7 winners in all the last 2 months uploads. We were often moved, interested or amazed by the stories you shared, thank you 🙂

We will let you know soon the deadline for our next giveaway, with even more prizes by our sponsors. You are entered automatically by participating in the Big Picture.

Artist Network Prize :  Susan Daily

Drawing by Susan Daily

Country: United States

The Story behind my drawing:

I drew this self portrait rather quickly, concentrating on the shape of my face and trying to capture with lines the main features of my face. I am noticing that in this phase of my life I am shocked at my own appearance as an aging person, though the features are familiar, they are not what I expect to see! The sweater pattern was fun to do, and took the longest time. When I was drawing this I was entirely in the present moment, and I like that there is humor in it as well. I’m 67 years old now, and my being able to do art and continue to learn things refreshes me and keeps me feeling alive and enthusiastic about life.

My connection to #Vancouver or what Vancouver evokes to me:

Vancouver is a dream like place to me, very far from home, with beautiful forests and dramatic outdoor vistas. I hope to have the chance to go there and paint and draw in the future. It’s also the home of this project, which I think is most wonderful, like connecting people and their dreams from all over the globe in universal themes and personal feelings.

Find my work at:




Susan wins one month of free access to Artist Network TV and a video and eBook download from the Artist Network.

art prizes to win

Copic Prize:  Robin Gray

Drawing by Robin Gray

Country: United States

The Story behind my drawing:

Early morning. A non-dominant hand drawing of the corner where my spouse always sits gives me a chance to reflect on what it would mean to me if that chair were empty. She’s received a diagnosis of liver cancer and the options from here are not clear. We’ll do everything we can to make the right choices never knowing if they are the right choices. For now, the chair is her space, surrounded by treasures we’ve brought home from vacations. The tree a metalwork sculpture by a woman in Asheville whose husband sold her art out of his gas station. The plate a find on a trip before we moved down South, a reminder of lapping water and ocean waves.

My connection to #Vancouver or what Vancouver evokes to me:

I have visited Vancouver once, and will always remember it as the only place I’ve been where one can dip their toes in a bit of ocean water, scan a modern skyline and see snow capped mountains beyond. Almost three decades ago, and the memory brings a smile to my face every time.




Robin wins a  Strathmore Vision sketchbook  7x 10″ and a Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

Strathmore Prize: Caitlyn Lesnick

Drawing by Caitlyn Lesnick

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

“I like drinking coffee alone and reading alone. I like riding the bus alone and walking home alone. it gives me time to think and set my mind free. I like eating alone and listening to music alone. But when I see a mother with her child; a girl with her lover; or friends laughing with their best friend; I realize that even though I like being alone I don’t fancy being lonely” – Unknown
thid piece was created by Indian ink being dropped onto wet watercolour paper, allowing it to move freely to create shapes and designs on its own. after it had tried undesired parts were covered with white paint to define the picture.

My connection to #Vancouver or what Vancouver evokes to me:

I’m from a small town in Ontario and I enjoy doing landscape and portrait photography, I would love to go to Vancouver and just explore and take pictures of all the interesting parts of the city.

Find my work at:



Caitlyn wins 1 Strathmore Vision sketchbook 5.5 x 8.5″ and 1 Copic Multi-liner set of inking pens


PanPastel Prize #1 : Hao Nguyen

Drawing by Hao Nguyen

Country: Vietnam

The Story behind my drawing:

Skateboarding. I drew this form of pushing the board when I was at Vietnam and got a little trip far from home with my friends. One of my friends accidentally took this picture with skateboard, containers behind the background and me. I decided to draw this picture because I see skateboarding as not only a sport but as a form of art that I greatly appreciate. I wrote it out with skateboards because I intended to directly present that skateboarding was able to apply to this project. To me skateboarding is more than just a sport, it is a way of expression myself and a way I can visually project and apply the ideas we have inside our heads. It takes a great deal of creativity and skill to be a skateboarder which is why I think of skateboarding as not only a normal sport, but instead we see it as a form of art.

My connection to #Vancouver or what Vancouver evokes to me:

The weather in Vancouver is nice. It isn’t too hot or too cold.



Hao wins 1 pan pastels sets with 5 colors of your choice, a tray and a soft tools starter set

PanPastel Prize #2 : Gento Sekiguchi

Drawing by Gento Sekiguchi

Country: Japan

The Story behind my drawing:

I like to play basketball and I have been played basketball for three years. Basketball become my part of life. I had played basketball since I was living in Japan. Also, today I still play basketball. When I came to Canada I did not have any friend and I did not speak English at all. However, I saw some guys were playing basketball and I asked them to play together. Then I played with them. While we were playing we did not talk but I thought we were getting know each other. We became friend. I like basketball because it is exciting, and it help me to make new friends.

My connection to #Vancouver or what Vancouver evokes to me:

I love the view in Vancouver from North Vancouver to Vancouver. The mountains are so beautiful.



Gento wins 1 pan pastels sets with 5 colors of your choice, a tray and a soft tools starter set


Speedball Prize #1: Anastasiia Frolova

Drawing by Anastasiia Frolova

Country: Russia

The Story behind my drawing:

In my artwork, I decided to show one of my favorite places, Tofino. For the first time, I went there during the Thanksgiving long weekend with my family. It took us a long time to get there, but when we arrived, our hears stopped. We could not realize that landscape we saw was real. My family rented a small villa for two days from which had a perfect view on the private beach. In the morning, we prepared breakfast, set on the terrace, and enjoyed the sunrise drinking hot coffee. The sound of waves, singing birds, and murmur of the forest made completed the harmonic atmosphere. That was the perfect morning with the family in the most beautiful place.

My connection to #Vancouver or what Vancouver evokes to me:

I love the nature in Vancouver. In Vancouver, there is a variety of people from different countries. I also love to watch the sunset on English Bay.


Anastasiia wins a Speedball Artist Set

Speedball Prize #2: Hanaa Saeed

Drawing by Hanaa Saeed

Country: Egypt

The Story behind my drawing:

One of the most annoying things is when someone borrows a pen and never gives it back..Well..I was attending an English conversation course, I had no pen then, One of my colleagues lent me an extra pen she had which was clearly new,
that day I absolutely forgot to give it back, i
I wrote notes to myself (on my hand, on my planner..etc) to remember; however, every single time I forgot!!! So frustrating!!
The lessons were over and there was no chance to meet “the pen owner” ever again..Two months passed and I never used it…never felt it’s main..
One day while I was in a nearby pharmacy _where I am training_ A humble old man entered and asked for his medicine..nothing special..
And out of nowhere he said: “Don’t you have one you don’t need ?”
I opened my pen case…gave him the pen…
_”whose pen is this?”
_”Sir, it is yours” I smiled
He accepted it happily..
After a couple of days he came again with the pen in his shirt pocket..
Everything happens for a reason.. 🙂

My connection to #Vancouver or what Vancouver evokes to me:

I would like to visit it one day God’s willing..

Find my work at:


Hanaa wins a Speedball Sketching Set


Once again congratulations to all participating artists, this project would not exist without you !