Participate in the Big Picture before January 31st and you will entered to win prizes in our next giveaway

On January 31st,  we will select 7 contributions to the Big Picture for our art prizes 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

1 drawing e-book download by the Artists Network.

 

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

 

1 Strathmore Sketchbook 9 x 12 inches and a Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

1 Strathmore Sketchbook 5.5 x 8.5 inches and 1 Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

 

2 Strathmore Watercolor paper pad- 12 sheets cold press and a Speedball Sketching set.

 

1 speedball fountain pen

 

1 Speedball sketching set

 

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

Each participant can upload up to 4 pictures

Good luck !

 

CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE

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

On October 15th,  we will select 7 contributions to the Big Picture for our art prizes 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

the big picture art prizes

1 drawing e-book download by the Artists Network.

 

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

 

1 Strathmore Sketchbook 9 x 12 inches and a Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

1 Strathmore Sketchbook 5.5 x 8.5 inches and 1 Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

 

2 Strathmore Watercolor paper pad- 12 sheets cold press and a Speedball Sketching set.

 

 

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

Each participant can upload up to 4 pictures

Good luck !

 

CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE

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

participate in the Big Picture collective art project

 

On August 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

art prizes

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

 

1 Strathmore Sketchbook 9 x 12 inches and a Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

1 Strathmore Sketchbook 5.5 x 8.5 inches and 1 Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

 

1 Strathmore Watercolor paper pad- 12 sheets cold press and a Speedball Sketching set.

 

 

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

Each participant can upload up to 4 pictures

Good luck !

 

CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE

Congratulations to the winners of our sixth giveaway !

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

As it happened with our previous giveaways, it was very challenging to select only 6 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.

Copic Prize: Nicolas Grégoire

Drawing by Nicolas Grégoire

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

Oscar the old man who didn’t want to hear a thing.
This evening, every sound is irritating Oscar. It’s as if his upstairs neighbour is proud of his drum & bass and wants to share it with everyone. The melody is hazy and indistinct. All Oscar hears is the blasting bass and its repetitive beat. He’s not in the mood. Even the very thought of going to ask is neighbour to turn it down is burdensome. He’s fed up and grumpy. Might as well be alone tonight.
People usually avoid solitude by filling the sound of silence. But sometimes we just need to be alone in a quiet place. I guess it depends on our mental state.

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

I have a client who lives near Vancouver, on Victoria Island. Our country is vast, the world is immense and so is my family.

Find my work at:
http://www.nicolasgregoire.ca/

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

Strathmore Prize: Christie Zwick

Drawing by Christie Zwick

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

This is my beagle, Nile, checking to see if I have forgotten about him. He does this when is am drawing.

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

I love visiting Vancouver. It is such a change from Calgary. The atmosphere just feels more creative…

Click here to read more about the Big Picture Art Project:
http://thebigpictureartproject.com

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

PanPastel Prize #1 : Suzanne Borowicz

Drawing by Suzanne Borowicz

Country: USA

The Story behind my drawing:

A few years ago, my husband underwent surgery to remove a cancer. Luckily, we live near an internationally acclaimed cancer institute, so I felt confident that my husband was receiving the best care. We had the support of family, friends and prayers.
However, cancer brings a distinct isolation with it that cannot be avoided. While my husband slept after his surgery, I peered out the window imagining the bustling lives of the people in the city outside, all unaware of the terror in my heart and the loneliness in my soul.
Without realizing it, I sketched my perspective and my emotions.
My husband recovered. He is now cancer free, and we have rejoined the active life of folks outside hospital windows.
This sketch is a reminder of cancer’s solitary confinement. My husband and I now make every effort to reach out to people with this terrifying diagnosis aware that all we can do is offer a knowing companionship until the loneliness lifts.

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

My connection to Vancouver is Sandrine Pelissier. I have followed her work for a number of years now, and she makes me believe that Vancouver is a beautiful nurturing place to live, work and create. I would like to visit Vancouver and experience its energy for myself.

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

PanPastel Prize #2 : Daniel Pincham-Phipps

      

Drawing by Daniel Pincham-Phipps

Country: UK

The Story behind my drawing:

After my late father made me a cup of tea. He stood watching out the window, he used to feed the birds, mum does it now.

This drawing is of my late father, he had dementia and wanted to make me a cup of tea. He was standing in his pyjama’s and slippers, half hour later I got my cup of tea and it was perfect.

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

Love, love, love and life and art.

Find my work at:
https://www.facebook.com/dppartist/

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

Speedball Prize #1: Priyanka Dhar

Drawing by Priyanka Dhar

Country: United Kingdom

The Story behind my drawing:

I was few months away from motherhood when a strong desire for Madhubani art settled into me. My son, who is my love and inspiration, and finds his best friend in me playfully takes away my brush and rushes into the backyard on his scooter. I chase him with a candy so that I can divert his attention from my paint brush.

This piece of art is a reflection of me juggling between my passion and my love. It is a snippet of my daily life – me with my art brush in one hand and a candy in the other that my 2 year old relishes.

I am balancing between my artistic career and the naughty toddler whose arrival into this world reinforced my focus and dedication towards Madhubani art when there were bleak chances of me being able to manage my motherhood and my career.

Here I have tried to give a touch of folkart form called Madhubani art to this sketch. Madhubani art originated in India, the country I belong to. All smiles while i draw this. Its an interrelated story of my love & passion.

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

I have never been to Vancouver. How i feel connected to Vancouver is through The Vancouver Art Gallery, which i have heard about and seen in pictures.

Being an budding artist art galleries do make me feel great. I hope to visit this gallery one day may be as a visitor or may be as an exhibitor.

Hope to see Vancouver soon!!!

Find my work at:
http://www.instagram.com/madhubanianand

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

Priyanka wins a Speedball Artist Set

Speedball Prize #2: S JAYARAJ

Drawing by S JAYARAJ

Country: India

The Story behind my drawing:

My city Chennai is blessed with many heritages, monuments of Dravidian culture, British culture and much more. Living in the city helped me to understand stories of a different era and inspired many of my artworks. Due to the nature of my job, a major part of my life was dedicated for the upliftment and empowering of fishermen community. In these drawings, you can see 7th-8th-century shore temple on the Coromandel coast of Bay of Bengal and traditional fishermen community living around it.

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

I believe it is the heart of people which makes a city beautiful. Many of the famous influential people call Vancouver their home. This city not only raised many actors, activist, musicians and writers but also is blessed with beautiful mountains and wonderful people. To me, Vancouver is not just a beautiful city, it represents Art, music theatre and Literature –some of the finer things which give meaning to the life.

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

S wins a Speedball Sketching Set

 

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

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 !

 

CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE

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:
https://www.pinterest.com/scfre/my-art-2016-2017/

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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.

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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:
https://lesnickcaitlyn.wixsite.com/cmlartandphotography

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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.

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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.

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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.

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

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:
https://www.facebook.com/hanaa1610238/

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

Hanaa wins a Speedball Sketching Set

 

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

We reached one thousand upload today !!! Thank you !

See the 1000’s upload on the Big Picture 

Thank you !!
We reached the 1000th upload today.
Thank you to all participants, you are helping us make this project a reality!!

We love reading your stories and are often moved by them ! It is so nice to be able to access hand drawn slices of life from everywhere in the world and feel a connection.

The Big Picture in numbers

1000 uploads today

Here is a list of participating countries, by decreasing number of participants

1 United States
2 Canada
3 United Kingdom
4 India
5 Australia
6 France
7 Netherlands
8 Turkey
9 Ukraine
10 Pakistan
11 Brazil
12 Ireland
13 Singapore
14 Germany
15 Italy
16 Spain
17 Mexico
18 Austria
19 Indonesia
20 Romania
21 Russia
22 Nigeria
23 Vietnam
24 Argentina
25 Colombia
26 Hong Kong
27 Hungary
28 Japan
29 Luxembourg
30 New Zealand
31 Serbia
32 Bangladesh
33 Belgium
34 Bulgaria
35 Belarus
36 Costa Rica
37 Israel
38 French Polynesia
39 Portugal
40 Sudan
41 Venezuela
42 Switzerland
43 Ecuador
44 Georgia
45 South Korea
46 Malta
47 Oman
48 Philippines
49 Poland
50 Uruguay

And here is a list of the 50 first cities by number of participants:

2 North Vancouver
2 (not set)
3 Vancouver
4 Calgary
5 Toronto
6 London
7 Ankara
8 Lucknow
9 Seattle
10 Tulsa
11 Paris
12 Singapore
13 Lahore
14 New York
15 Burnaby
16 Ottawa
17 Dublin
18 Lviv
19 Oakland
20 Spring Hill
21 Indianapolis
22 Rivne
23 Sydney
24 New Westminster
25 Victoria
26 West Vancouver
27 Montreal
28 Slough
29 Lagos
30 San Diego
31 Chicago
32 Florence
33 Hillsboro
34 Mauldin
35 Nashville
36 Beaumont
37 University
38 Brisbane
39 Vienna
40 Edmonton
41 Coquitlam
42 Mississauga
43 Windsor
44 Regina
45 Budapest
46 Surabaya
47 Bengaluru
48 Chennai
49 Mexico City
50 Bucharest

 

Participate in the Big Picture before February 28th and you will entered to win prizes in our next giveaway

Upload your drawings before February 28th and you will be automatically entered to win.

win awesome art prizes

On February 28,  we will select 7 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.

 See the winners of our past giveaways here:

Our giveaway prizes

 

 

art prizes to win

 

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 !

 

CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE