Participate in the Big Picture before September 30th and you will entered to win prizes in our next giveaway

On September 30th  we will select 7 of the most interesting contributions to the Big Picture for our third 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

One year subscription to the Artist Network .tv

One year subscription to the artist network tv

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 Artist Set

Speedball sketch set prize giveaway for the big picture art project

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 !

 

CLICK HERE TO UPLOAD YOUR DRAWING

Join us for a free drawing demo at Opus North Vancouver on August 12

free demo at Opus art supplies store for the big picture art project

Anyone Can Draw! The Big Picture Collective Art Project with Sandrine Pelissier & Sophie Babeanu

North Vancouver
Sat, August 12, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Sat, August 12, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Space is limited and registration is required.
Please visit Opus North Vancouver or contact them at 604‑904‑0447 to register.

The Big Picture is a collective art project where people in our local area and around the world are collaborating to create a big mosaic picture from thousands of smaller drawings.

    If you would like to participate in this exciting project and agree to any of the following:

  • The idea of drawing sends chills down your spine
  • You have an interesting story to share
  • Last time you drew something was in elementary school
  • Your dog ate all your drawings (we won’t ask…)
  • You want to try some simple exercises for yourself
  • You feel like attending a demo by two heavily French accented ladies

Then this is the demo for you!

Sandrine and Sophie will show you some simple drawing techniques: line contour drawing, line and cross hatching, cross contour drawing, scumbling technique, drawing with twigs. You will also have the chance to try for yourself some fun techniques like continuous drawing, blind continuous drawing, and drawing with your non dominant hand.

Attendees are asked to bring along a sketchbook and a pencil or pen to sketch along with Sandrine and Sophie.

 


Sandrine Pelissier is a North Vancouver-based visual artist and the author of Fearless Watercolor for Beginners. Her work has been published in many books and magazines.

She writes the popular blog: www.paintingdemos.com
http://www.sandrinepelissier.com/

Sophie Babeanu is a certified Expressive Arts Therapist. She graduated from Langara College in Vancouver and is also a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). She has hundreds of hours of practice with children, seniors and adults from all walks of life.

http://www.expressiveartsvancouver.com/

Congratulations to the winners of our second giveaway !

We selected the winners of our second giveaway. Congratulations to 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 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.

The Artist Network Prize : Rose (Roszay) Kapp

Drawing by Rose (Roszay) Kapp

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

Mischka was a dog with a history before I rescued her. Born in Edmonton, survived on the streets of Vancouver and then given up to the SPCA. Tough as nails, stubborn as all get-out, this little keeshond dame was the perfect match for me. She saw me as a like-minded soul and we bonded immediately. What a character! Thirteen years old when I found her, she stayed with me for 3 years before her soul left for paths unknown. I promised her a forever home, so her body rests in my garden.

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

Vancouver has personality. I like wandering its streets, checking out the various unique neighbourhoods and finding cool shops and cafes. I’m inspired to create and generally take a sketchbook with me when I venture downtown.

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

Rose wins a  Summer Sketch Kit by the Artist Network

giveaway price for the big picture art project

 

 

Copic Prize: Mary Rouncefield

 

Drawing by Mary Rouncefield

Country: UK

The Story behind my drawing:

This is the last drawing in a series of four. I am being pushed along on a hospital trolley out of the operating theatre and back to the hospital ward. I real life I was wearing a hospital ‘gown’ – but I feel toally naked! I have has a hip replacement operation . The anaestheic is still working and I cannot feel the pain – yet.

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

I would like to travel to Vancouver by train and then explore your city port by boat!

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

Marie wins a  Strathmore Vision sketchbook 5.5 x 8.5 and a Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

 

Strathmore Prize: Vicky Paton

Drawing by Vicky Paton

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

My drawing represents the primal connection that we all have to the Mother Earth. We are all conceived of her and therefore, have interconnectedness with all that breathe her oxygen. She is the center point for all life; plant, animal and human. I have a strong connection to the coast of Vancouver, it pulls me. Being there excites my soul. However, for the time I live in the Interior of BC. My roots are both Salish and Okanagan. I am not sure how long I will remain here in the interior. I have no idea as of yet when this stage of my life’s purpose will come to an end here. I want this drawing to be a reminder not only me, but to you as well that no matter where life takes you, you will always be connected to your roots, and we are all connected to each other.

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

I am from the Salish Nation. My ancestors are a few of the ones who chose to migrate to the Okanagan. Throughout the generations the siren call of the ocean still haunts me. One day, my family and I will call Vancouver our home again.

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

PanPastel Prize #1 : Amol Saraf

Drawing by AMOL SARAF

Country: United States

The Story behind my drawing:

I am a visual artist and I work range of mediums and materials and create works of art in every style. I am specialised in illustrations and have worked with top newspapers in India as an illustrator and I specifically love creating illustrations for children books and articles.This is created on the concept of the situation of a female artists struggling to survive her art career at the same time taking care of family.

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

I enjoy visiting new places and travelling is my passion. I aim to visit all the best places in the world and Vancouver is one of them. The city considered as one of the top five cities that have livability and quality of life is a must to visit on my list. With a healthy lifestyle, beautiful nature, mountains and water around its really be the one of the best places around the world to live

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

PanPastel Prize #2 : Imelda Fagin

Drawing by Imelda Fagin

Country: United States

The Story behind my drawing:

I’ve lived in NYC my whole life. This is 38th St. and 8th Avenue at 5:30 P.M. I was taking a dance class and the windows overlooked this intersection. I watched the crowds of tormented souls passing by, heading home. Watching them, an idea began to form in my head: it’s time to get out of New York. And that’s what I’m doing.

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

When I read Vancouver, I immediately thought of the wonderful bug museum I visited there, where you could pet the bugs. No wait, that was Victoria. Which maybe is part of Vancouver? Very confusing.

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

Speedball Prize #1: Balaji Venugopal

Drawing by Balaji Venugopal

Country: India

The Story behind my drawing:

I live in Chennai, in Southern India. This is a sketch of the Kapaleeswarar Temple at Mylapore which is said to be a 7th century CE temple, although there are references to it even in literature of earlier periods. The structure which is seen in my sketch was probably built in the 15th or 16th century. The temples in various parts of the country have their own distinct architectural character. The Kapaleeswarar Temple is a very fine example of Dravidian Temple architecture. In 2014, in its annual list of “52 places to visit”, NY Times had listed Chennai in 26th place and had also identified Kapaleeswarar Temple as one of the major tourist attractions.

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

I always associate Vancouver with the Vancouver Winter Olympics which I followed closely over TV from my home in Chennai, India. While the games were very interesting I also found all the shots and snippets of Vancouver, the city, fascinating.

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

Balaji wins a Speedball fountain pen

 

Speedball Prize #2: Alex Hillkurtz

Drawing by Alex Hillkurtz

Country: France

The Story behind my drawing:

I am currently living in Paris and this is the view from my balcony. As I sit and draw, I can hear the clink of silverware from the café across the street as people enjoy their dinner. It’s been rainy this week, so this drawing took a little longer than normal, I had to keep ducking back inside between rain showers. This is a view I’ve sketched a few times now, and each time is different depending on the light, the time of day, the mood of the clouds. I’ve done a lot of watercolor paintings around Paris, it’s such a beautiful city to sketch, but it’s nice to do away with color and just concentrate on black and white, pen and ink. I might have to go down to that café for a coffee now!

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

I spent a summer in Vancouver a number of years ago working on a film, and have good friends there. I would cycle around Stanley Park on the weekends, and learned to kayak in Deep Cove. I absolutely love the city!

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

Alex wins a Speedball Sketching Artist Set

 

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 🙂

4 more days to enter our next giveaway!

On July 29 we will select 7 of the most interesting participations to the Big Picture and they will win awesome art prizes by our sponsors.

You can see the winners of our last giveaway here: Congratulations to the winners of our first giveaway !

Upload your drawings before July 29 and you will be automatically entered to win

On July 29th we will select 7 of the most interesting contributions to the Big Picture for our second giveaway and they will win prizes by our sponsors:

A Summer Sketch Kit by the Artist Network

giveaway price for the big picture art project

 

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 Artist Set

1 Speedball fountain pen

 

Speedball sketch set prize giveaway for the big picture art project

 

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 UPLOAD YOUR DRAWING

Our next giveaway is in 2 weeks!

Upload your drawings before July 29 and you will be automatically entered to win

On July 29th we will select 7 of the most interesting contributions to the Big Picture for our second giveaway and they will win prizes by our sponsors:

A Summer Sketch Kit by the Artist Network

giveaway price for the big picture art project

 

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 Artist Set

1 Speedball fountain pen

Speedball sketch set prize giveaway for the big picture art project

 

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 UPLOAD YOUR DRAWING

What are people talking about in the Big Picture? part 2

Here are a few new examples of subjects that can be a source of inspiration for you to participate in the Big Picture:

Enjoying your garden

Drawing by Catherine Schechter
See that Drawing on the Big Picture

Moving to a new place

Drawing by Marina Sablina

See that Drawing on the Big Picture

Sharing memories of
someone you have lost

Drawing by bonnie o’donnell
See that Drawing on the Big Picture

Representing a feeling
or an emotion (in this case: love)

Drawing by Pablo Azar
See that Drawing on the Big Picture

 

Recording changes in your city

Drawing by Li Boesen
See that Drawing on the Big Picture

Recording your everyday life

Drawing by Karen McCready
See that Drawing on the Big Picture

The Big Picture Art Project : June 2017 pics of the month

Thank you to everyone who participated in the project this month!

Here is a selection of some of the drawings uploaded this month, those drawings have been chosen to showcase the diversity of the participations.

Click on any picture to see it on the Big Picture and read the caption:

 

Gokula Varadharajan
India
(English)
Danielle Beaulieu
Canada
(English)
Emma Victorya Bushi
USA
(English)

Régine GALLAND
France
(French)
Funda Büyükbaş
Turkey
(English)
Therese Gena
USA
(English)
Angels Prat Valverde
Spain
(English)
 Shirley Kathan-Sayess
USA
(English)
Belinda Deutinger
Ireland
(English)

 

Each participant can upload up to 4 pictures, so feel free to upload more if you are under the 4 pictures limit.

 

Good news!

We are collaborating with the Artist Network, Copic markers, Starthmore papers, Panpastels and Speeball to offer prizes to the most interesting participations. If you already submitted a drawing, you are automatically entered to win a prize.
If you haven’t submitted a drawing yet, the deadline to win a prize is July 29 th.

What are people talking about in the Big Picture? part 1

There are many sources of inspirations and subjects you can share on the Big Picture. Here are a few examples:

Everyday life and family

Drawing by Nishtha Pathak
See that Drawing on the Big Picture

Animals and pets in your life

Drawing by karen mcCready
See that Drawing on the Big Picture

Your inspiration

Drawing by Marja Ouwerling
See that Drawing on the Big Picture

Being at a cross-roads

Drawing by Glaucia Mir
See that Drawing on the Big Picture

Your childhood memories

Drawing by Souha Yaacoub
See that Drawing on the Big Picture

Places you visited

Drawing by Smita Srivastav
See that Drawing on the Big Picture

 

Congratulations to the winners of our first giveaway !

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

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: Marie Bellu

The story behind my drawing:

My love of drawing grew since I was 6 years and I discovered the series of Dinomir, drawed by Quentin Blake. Later, I have been interested in children’s books with my job (I’m teacher) and it has become a passion.
However, I started taking the pencil a few years ago because I didn’t dare before.
Look and make children’s illustrations are moments of great pleasure for me.

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

Vancouver is at 8486 km from me. I saw photos and I really want to visit this city a day.

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

Marie wins a  Strathmore Vision sketchbook 5.5 x 8.5 and a Copic Multiliner set of inking pens

 

Strathmore Prize: Gwen Moncrieff

The Story behind my drawing:

60 years ago, we drove from Britannia Beach to Vancouver, and of course we always had to cross over the Lion’s Gate Bridge. Years later when I was taking my elderly dad for a trip around his old haunts in Vancouver he told me that one of his first jobs as a young diamond driller was to help drill the holes that hold the huge cables of the Lion’s Gate Bridge in the ground. I feel so much safer on that bridge knowing that! He was a very conscientious, careful worker …definitely what you want when building a bridge!

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

This bridge makes me remember my Dad and all the changes that the bridge allowed to happen around Vancouver. Moving from a town to huge city in my lifetime!

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

PanPastel Prize #1 : Dee-Ann LeBlanc

The Story behind my drawing:

In the winter of 2006 I took a dream trip to Tokyo and Sapporo with friends, thanks to the help of my parents. The trip was a pop culture tour, full of people who were genuinely interested in the culture, foods, etc. of modern Japan, and was a joy to participate in. The scene I’ve depicted is from a picture I took in Sapporo, at a conveyer belt sushi place we visited. I remember feeling like the plastic bubbles over the sushi looked like little Jetsons’ cars, and that they were a smart idea given that it’s easy for conveyor belt sushi to pick up germs otherwise. Most places I’ve seen don’t have it covered. I will always have fond memories of this trip.

This is the first time I’ve used my digital tablet to draw a complete image. It was a fun experiment and I think makes for a nice nod to the way the Japanese embrace new technologies and advancements.

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

In 1994 I moved from the eastern US to North Vancouver and married my online sweetheart. Today, I’m a Canadian citizen and we’re still together, living an hour north of Vancouver. I always enjoy sharing the lower mainland of BC with visiting friends and family, and I feel so fortunate to live in such a beautiful, caring place.

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

PanPastel Prize #2 : Marilyn Theisel

The Story behind my drawing:

Bush fires are a major part of life in Australia, and devastation from these cause havoc and destruction, not only to human homes but also to fauna and flora. Here, the life’s work of a wildlife carer has been destroyed, native animals died, but the relief to survive both for herself and an injured kangaroo is expressed as they hug each other. Whatever happens in any place around the world, we should embrace the good, the hope and love around us.

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

Vancouver, with it’s natural environment, fauna and flora, which are also at risk from human intervention and natural environment forces, is similar to that of my own homeland. We all face disasters, but the camaraderie of the people can be counted on at all times, as we collectively come together as one family to help and support.

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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

 

Speedball Prize: Anna Deligianni

The Story behind my drawing:

One percent:
This is a piece that describes my feelings on living in the city, a place that combines art and technology in a magical way. Growing up in the Athens, I was always fascinated by dancing, as my mother used to take me to many performances throughout my life. The way of expressing yourself through your body and art, is also one of the experiences that encouraged me to lead my life as a visual artist.
theatrical plays I watch, long walks and hikes I like to take, to the moments of rest and relaxation

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

I find a lot of interest in the activity of artists from Vancouver. I am especially interested in the case of Kathryn Lissack and Anne Sargent, two women with different style, but huge dynamics in their work, as well as a modern flavor.

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

Anna wins a Speedball Sketching Artist Set

 

Once again congratulations to all participating artists, we could select only 5 winners and this was a difficult tasks as many of you shared stories and drawings that did touch, interest and amazed us 🙂