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!

 

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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

 

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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/

 

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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

 

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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/

 

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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

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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 !