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

Congratulations to the winners of our October giveaway !

We just announced the winners of our art prizes giveaway, thank you to all the participants, you are what makes this project special 🙂

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 :  Corie Walker

Country: USA

The Story behind my drawing:

My name is Corie, and I am an artist. I am an artist even when I draw on post-its. I am an artist even when I work with weird materials. I am an artist even when get rejected from shows. I am an artist even when I don’t know famous artists. I am an artist even when I do a messy drawing. I am an artist even when I hate my work. I am an artist even when I don’t work for weeks. I am an artist even when I feel like I haven’t achieved anything. I am an artist even when I am alone and don’t know anyone at art shows. I am an artist even when I don’t go to museums. I am an artist even when I haven’t been to the Met. I am an artist even when I am still in my hometown. I am an artist even when I don’t sell my work. I am an artist even when I don’t feel like one. I am an artist.

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

To me Vancouver seems far. I’m from and reside in the south of the United States. I’ve never been to Canada, but I envy its awesome healthcare and president. When I think of Vancouver, I think woods, mountains, and mist. I think about rain and snow, and wonder how the people feel about the rain and snow. I think about moose or is it meese? I think about all the creatures non-native to my climate. I think of wolves and then the northern native tribes.

Find my work at:
http://corie-walker.squarespace.com/

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

Corie wins a free ebook from the Artists Network.

the big picture art prizes

PanPastel Prize #1 : Soloni Freitas

Country: USA

The Story behind my drawing:

This is my mother, the kindest and strongest woman I’ve ever met. She’s definitely my role model. I try every day to follow in her footsteps, but I have much to learn. She grew up in a very small city in southeastern Brazil. She married and had ten children. I am the youngest among them. She had to work all the time to keep the house in order, so she didn’t have much time to play with us, but she could tell stories like no one. She used to do it it while ironing clothes. The three younger ones, sat on the floor beside her to fantasize about the tales of kings, queens, princes, soldiers and animals, all stories with deep meaning. I see today how precious those moments were.

I always thought it would be good to travel and see the world with her, but that wasn’t possible, so I decided to show her to the world, through my eyes with The big picture art project.

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

My connection with Canada is that my brother’s daughter in law have spend one month working as a babysitter there.

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

Pan Pastel Prize #2 : Soma Debnath

Country: United Kingdom

The Story behind my drawing:

This is a traditional Madhubani painting which is a form of Indian folk art done mainly in the state of Bihar.

This painting is deeply personal to me. I have a fond childhood memory of my mother and I reading together(sometimes to each other) during summer vacations. She was a busy lady and she hardly used to get time to sit with me and read books to me or play with me. We looked forward to our month long holidays(twice a year) so that we can spend some quality time with each other,reading, playing, eating our favourite fruit(mangoes).

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

A few years ago 3 of my food photographs along with a little writeup was published in a Vancouver based magazine called Here Magazine. It was a very beautiful surprise.Since then I have been wanting to go there and see the beautiful city and its people in person.

Find my work at:
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Somafolkart

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

Strathmore Prize: Yoonsae Celine Kim

Country: CANADA

The Story behind my drawing:

Kumari is a Nepalese living god believed to have powers of prescience and the ability to cure the sick, fulfill specific wishes, and bestow blessings of protection and prosperity. Above all, Kumari is said to provide an immediate connection between this world and the divine and to generate in their devotees a spirit of loving-kindness toward all. However, After playing God for the last ten years, she will be abandoned and uncomfortable in normal society. The young girl is chosen for Kumari lose her ordinary life with her family and friends. Kumari, in fact, has such a heavy responsibility on her shoulders, that of caring for the Living Goddess.

When I was young, I have lived in Kumari, the myth of ‘Genius’ with incredible academic achievements. I was a famous young girl on the newspaper but did not have an ordinary life with family and friends.
Many Asian parents make the myth of their child and sacrifice their ordinary life and happiness like Kumari.

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

inside-outside
“I refuse to keep playing in fixed notions and frames.I question the boundary of every aspects.As an answer I found that there was an indefinite separation between the in and out mid-space and time factor, and the two could be moving. There is something between inside and outside.” Vancouver is city of inside-outside and we can find something special.

Find my work at:
https://www.facebook.com/kim.yoonsae.14

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

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

Copic Prize : Cindy Fan

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

“Chamber” is about my experience with isolation tanks and sensory deprivation. In contemporary society, we are not only bombarded with various types of visual, audio and physical stimulus but also tend to seek them out for recreation and pleasure. My drawing explores the unique, enriching sensation of purposely placing myself in a space and time without any outside stimulus where it is just me, my thoughts and my imagination. I wanted to illustrate what it was like, for a brief moment, to truly be isolated from the world and just spend time floating in darkness while subjecting myself to the inner workings of my brain.

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

I wish to live in Vancouver one day. I am inspired by how vibrant the people and art scene is there.

Find my work at:
https://cind.ca/

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

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

 

 

Speedball Prize #1: TB Titbelsoeur

Country: France

The Story behind my drawing:

Je continue mon exploration du bassin d’Arcachon, en Nouvelle Aquitaine près de Bordeaux. J’ai dessiné ces cabanes en m’inspirant de certains artistes locaux, mais en y ajoutant ma patte ! Je suis très contente de participer à cette fresque géante avec des milliers d’artistes.
Going on with my art travel through the Bassin d’Arcachon, near Bordeaux, France. I have drawn these houses, taking inspiration from local artists, adding my personal touch ! I am so happy to participate in this huge art canvas with so many artists.

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

A french song, the other side of the world to me…

Find my work at:
http://titbelsoeur.eklablog.com

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

TB wins one Strathmore Watercolor paper pad- 12 sheets cold press and a Speedball Sketching set.

Speedball Prize #2: Bronwyn Davies

Country: Australia

The Story behind my drawing:

This is Stradbroke Island off the Queensland coast. A place to watch the whales breach as they make their way past on annual migration. A place to swim with dolphins to take stock and reflect. Each year friends, partners, children gather for a weekend camp to remember Francois Langlasse who died in 2014 from Motor Neurone Disease. We cook, we talk, we paint, we make music, we walk, we do yoga omg the beach and reflect on all we have and all we have lost.
Nature helps to put things in perspective.

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

I imagine Canada to be a place of many wild wonders and Vancouver being the portal to those places.

Find my work at:
https://www.bronwyndavies.studio

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

Bronwyn wins one Strathmore Watercolor paper pad- 12 sheets cold press and a Speedball Sketching set.

 

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

Congratulations to the winners of our August giveaway !

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

We keep being  moved, interested and 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 :  Kassie Ang

Drawing by Kassie Ang

Country: Singapore

The Story behind my drawing:

Today is the 53rd Birthday for Singapore. My artwork shows the enjoyment of watching fireworks during National Day with our loved ones.

In Singapore, the nation loves to commemorate the day that we gain independence, as the many communities in Singapore would come together as one, to celebrate and perform on the largest stage in Singapore and have it broadcasted on national tv. There are plenty of ways to watch the national day parade and one of it is to hop on a river cruise at the right time so as to catch the fireworks during the one hour cruise!

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

Kassie wins a  free ebook from the Artist Network

art prizes

 

PanPastel Prize #1 : Susan “Sparky” Kedzie

Drawing by Susan “Sparky” Kedzie

Country: United States

The Story behind my drawing:

I work part time as a substitute teacher at a junior and senior high school. I often work as the sub for the special education teacher. Its amazing to witness some of the challenges kids face with poverty, abuse, neglect, and special learning needs. Some days I just want to help kids smile a little.

So…this year I started asking my students what their favorite animal is. Then I would diligently draw it during breaks and over lunch. Just fast sketches. Erring on the side of “Cute” to get a smile.

This piece entitled “Bunny” was for a student with a very stressful home life and a difficult set of behavioral challenges. When I presented it to him, his reaction was intense: he cried. Sobbed actually. Then he smiled, hugged and thanked me! Then he told me the story about his rabbit and how he lost it and how he misses his dad even though he’s never met him.

I asked him if he could remember to always be kind to himself. He said he would try. He and I have been BBFs ever since.

 

Find my work at:
http://www.susankedzie.com

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

Pan Pastel Prize #2 : Kishwar Kiani

Drawing by Kishwar Kiani

Country: Pakistan

The Story behind my drawing:

Pretty Ugly:

This piece showcases my natural inclination towards portraiture and anatomy. Since early in my practice, I have been captivated with the imperfect and irregular nature of things. In this modern age, despite social awareness, acne marks are still considered a taboo. With this piece, I highlight my fascination with the socially unacceptable and incorrect by drawing attention to my subject’s facial acne. For this I have used charcoal and conte pastel on a heavy grain sheet to further emphasize the raw nature of the image. The use of light, the positioning of the head and the background all draw focus on the acne marks.

Find my work at:
https://www.instagram.com/kishwarkiani/

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

Strathmore Prize:  Caterina Stambolic

Drawing by Caterina Stambolic

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

Wandering through the city on a grey foggy day, I came across an empty playground, and was struck by memories of playing on swings as a child. The feeling of soaring through the air, and nothing holding you to the ground was the most magical moment when I was young. Seeing the swings still filled me with a sense of melancholy, and I wanted to capture that in this drawing.

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

I remember as a child travelling to Vancouver, and that trip still reminds me of magic and wonder and exploration. These feelings are so strong, and yet so similar to that feeling of soaring through the air on a simple swing. For me, my memories of Vancouver are filled with joy and nostalgia.

Find my work at:
https://catstambolicart.wixsite.com/studio

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

Copic Prize : Stephanie Munro

Drawing by Stephanie Munro

Country: United States

The Story behind my drawing:

The drawing I submitted is a drawing I created of my Dungeons and Dragons character, Agnes. My favorite aspect about her is that she represents a part of me that I do not usually show to others. As someone in their twenties, I want to explore my own identity. It is good to have an outlet to explore without the commitment of doing so in the real world. Through my Dungeons and Dragons characters, I can explore different social identities without receiving in negative repercussions of the real world. Agnes is my alter ego. She ended up becoming the ideal version of myself. The version of myself that I wish I was in my own mind.

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

Currently, I reside about 90 minutes south of Vancouver. I live in Bellingham, Washington. When I was in high school I always dreamed of moving to the Bellingham-Vancouver area. I am from a small town in Eastern Washington that not many people have the opportunity to venture away from. Through hard work, I got accepted into Western Washington University, where I am currently attending. I want to participate in your project is to help inspire and encourage others to follow their dreams .

Find my work at:
https://wp.wwu.edu/stephaniemunro/

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

Speedball Prize : Aglaya Nogina

Drawing by Aglaya Nogina

Country: Ukraine

The Story behind my drawing:

It’s hard to explain my paintings. Images are often just born out of sight, they acquire clear forms and meanings and become real. I like to invent unessential ordinary people, because I believe that in this way I will give them life. This woman with a cigar was born to me for a very long time. Her name is Lis. She smokes from childhood and does not plan to leave it because she likes to smoke out of her lips. Forest read Freud, drinking dry wine and collecting records.

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

I’m sure that this program is a great chance to be heard. To see my heroes new people. Perhaps someone will be interested in my graphics and will offer interesting ideas of cooperation, because my main goal is the development of his art. I really want to have a wider audience, have my people around the world, who will be viewers. After all, art does not work without a viewer.

Find my work at:
https://www.instagram.com/detaliochimaaglai/?hl=uk

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

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

 

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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/

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Hanaa 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 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 !

 

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Congratulations to the winners of our fourth giveaway !

Congratulations to the winners of our 4th giveaway

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

There were so many good stories and drawings that we really wished we had more prizes to give. 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:  Laurence Caron C.

Drawing by Laurence Caron C.

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

I always considered that drawing someone’s portrait is an intimate act, a way to enter the most secret and truthful part of somebody’s soul. As a transgender, I’ve lived a disrupted link to my body. During my transition from male to agendered person (using They, them singular pronoun) I deconstructed the binary gender system and it influenced my art. While Iwas getting a bachelor degree in the field of art I concentrated my work around realism and surrealism, but those styles didn’t seem to fit me, because I kept on asking questioning the conformity to beauty and aesthetics standards. I realised that pointillism and strokes were a way to deconstruct the image and that it fits with my way of understanding the body aesthetic. I kept tracks of the moments I was the less dysphoric to realise that it was only while I was naked. Afterward, it’s really logic, because while I’m naked, I look at my body for what it is, nothing more, nothing less, instead of looking at it through a social constr

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

Vancouver is something I don’t know yet. The only thing I can say is that Vancouver is bigger than every city I’ve ever been to. Maybe this city could be a nice destination for a futur trip… who knows..

Find my work at:
https://laurencecarts.wordpress.com/

 

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

Strathmore Prize: Rey Daoed

Drawing by Rey Daoed

Country: USA

The Story behind my drawing:

I am 15. I am an artist with disabilities. I can’t speak. I use the iPad or hand write to communicate. I am young but I had my first exhibition and sold my artwork. Since then, I was selected for more art opportunities, art fair and exhibitions. I have progressed so much and am able to go beyond expectation.
I am living in Washington state and often travel to Canada.

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

This painting is about my visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge. That was fun!

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

 

PanPastel Prize #1 : Rory Fehr

Drawing by Rory Fehr

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

My childhood is littered with memories of visiting my great grandparent’s house in Silver Valley, AB. These memories mostly consist of quading to the river, searching for Gypsum in the washout near by, and lots of chats around their dinning table. Opa’s stories and old memories still make me laugh, and while I observe Nana’s amazing knitting skills, I ponder how they are able to store so much energy in their old, fragile bodies. As they pass their sixty-seventh anniversary, with four children, eight grand children, and eleven great grand children, the whole family, their friends, and their neighbors and both proud and surprised that they are still living on their own. My sketch represents those memories of sitting around the table, in their miss-matched chairs, playing Scrabble, and those of trying to play Pool in their basement. Such times I wish to hold forever, but will have to satisfy with the memories instead.

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

I live in Dawson Creek, BC, and I have never been to Vancouver, though I would really enjoy it. I would love to see the Pacific Coast and bike through Stanley Park.

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

PanPastel Prize #2 : Karima H

Drawing by Karima H

Country: Mexico

The Story behind my drawing:

When I moved from Mexico to Canada the cultural shock was difficult. One difference in particular was the lack of hugs. This drawing is talking about this new environment and how I am adapting to it. Moving to another country involves meeting lots of new people, everyone is a stranger at first. In Mexico when we say hello to someone we know or don’t know we hug them, here in Canada they usually don’t. This pandas are not afraid of hugging.

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

I moved from Mexico to Canada to study Fine Arts and Body & Mind Therapy. Vancouver became a special place that exposed me to a completely different live that I had in my country. Despite being a growing city, Vancouver encourages the conservation and protection of the environment which I found fascinating. The multicultural experience of the city is a great opportunity to know other cultures and expand the interpretation of reality.

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

 

Speedball Prize #1: Katya Bozukova

Drawing by Katya Bozukova

Country: United Kingdom

The Story behind my drawing:

As a woman doing martial arts, I often get comments about how un-feminine I am: that I am a ‘brute’, ‘scary’, ‘terrifying’. This is so much part of my experience, my nickname at my local club is ‘pitbull’. While martial arts accepts women of all stripes, temperaments, and body types, I sometimes feel like a witch because of the way I choose to represent myself. However, I chose not to let these comments become hurtful, and I embrace them instead of turning them away. I am proud of my work and I am proud of my scars and I am proud to be who I am – even if it does not fit in with what society says women should be like.

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

Vancouver makes me think about freedom and success. Travelling there would be amazing, because it would mean I have enough money to afford the ticket, and enough clout so that I am not turned away at the border. (As a Bulgarian living in the UK, the reality of internationalism is made clear to me every single day.)

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Katya wins a Speedball Artist Set

Speedball Prize #2: Sue Wellington

Drawing by Sue Wellington

Country: Sweden

The Story behind my drawing:

This is a pine tree that I see basically every day in my daily walk through the forest in our outer suburb of Stockholm. I moved here 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia for a relationship. I’m still here! Though it’s been challenging on every level. But exciting too.

I find that those trees, especially the pines, make me feel at home. So they’re really important to me emotionally. I see them as my friends and I try to render their individuality. It pains me that many of them appear to be dying. I feel people take pine trees for granted, so I try to honour them in my drawings and paintings. A memorial.

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

One of my favourite tv shows is Smallville, which was filmed in Vancouver. As a result of this I always think of Vancouver fondly, as well as being on my list of places I’d love to visit.

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Sue wins a Speedball Artist Set

Speedball Prize #3: Su Leng Han

Drawing by Su Leng Han

Country: Singapore

The Story behind my drawing:

This is me in my happy place, taking time to do the things that make my soul happy. I am currently on a 6-month break from work and am thankful for this timeout to rekindle my love for drawing, painting and crafting.

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

I haven’t had the chance to visit Vancouver and would love to do so one day.

Find my work at:
https://paperwindows.wixsite.com/paperwindows

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Sue wins a Speedball fountain pen

Once again congratulations to all participating artists, we could select only 7 winners and this was a difficult tasks as many of you shared stories and drawings that did touch, interest and amazed us 🙂

The deadline for our next giveaway is November 30th

prizes to win in collective art project

Upload your drawings before November 30th and you will be automatically entered to win.

On November 30th  we will select 7 of the most interesting contributions to the Big Picture for our fourth 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.

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

1 Speedball fountain pen

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

Each participant can upload up to 4 pictures

Good luck !