Congratulations to the winners of our May giveaway !

We selected the winners of our latest giveaway. Once again, thank you to all the participants for being part of this project.

We have some exciting changes coming soon, including a deadline for the project and the possibility to enter more than 4 drawings.

Here are the selected entries for our May giveaway:

Artist Network Prize :  Stephanie Jakovac.

Country: Australia

The Story behind my drawing:

Every time I visit Paris, I do a drawing of Notre Dame. It’s a must. My heart was crying when I saw the devastation the fire did. I do hope and look forward to the day of restoration.

Find my work at:
http://www.stephaniej.com.au

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

RH wins a free ebook from the Artists Network.

PanPastel Prize #1 : Julia Payne

Country: USA

The Story behind my drawing:

Six years ago, my husband and I went to see the light installation artist, Bruce Munro’s, exhibit at the Franklin Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio. Our tickets happened to fall on a night when there had been 2 feet of snow. We entered the foyer of the conservatory and our first sight was a spectacular chandelier he had called “Icos”. Ii scribbled a drawing of it so i would never forget it. Every time i look at my drawing, it brings back the whole incredible light show, in the dark, in the snow. Glorious!

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

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

Pan Pastel Prize #2 : Ruth Oosterman

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

“Believe”

This timelapse was an idea bouncing around my head for the past year and it feels great to finally bring it to fruition. As a mom with two kids soon to enter the stage of technology and peer pressure, which honestly terrifies me, this lesson of believing in yourself without outside approval is a daily lesson I try to impart onto my children in hopes of preparing them for what is to come.

It is natural to want others to think highly of you and there is no evil in that but it is dangerous to allow your sense of self to be defined by anyone but yourself.

You are the lead in your life story and no one else should be given the power to write your character.

The original writing on the wall said, “I need you to believe in me” but once the little girl waters the seed the plant grows and covers some of the words leaving it to say, “I Believe in Me”

Find my work at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miniTUnJey8&t=1s

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

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

Strathmore Prize:  Nicole Little

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

These are portraits of “ordinary” people in Tim Hortons. I love the diversity of people out in the world. I feel so lucky to live in Canada where so many cultures and ethnicities come together and coexist peacefully. The diversity certainly doesn’t hurt when you’re looking for a model! This piece is an exploration in pen line-work. I wanted to replicate the crowded feeling of a busy coffee shop.
My brother David lives in Vancouver. I have always wanted to visit him but, with a new baby and all the usual expenses, it looks like it will be several years before I get to eat really fresh lobster, and go for a swim and a ski on the same day. So, I’m sending a part of myself in art form! See you… eventually Vancouver!

Find my work at:
https://littleneocreative.com

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

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

Copic Prize : Luce Pelletier

Country: Canada

The Story behind my drawing:

I had stopped drawing 30 years ago. Recently, illness struck me: I cannot work any longer. I got a zentangle book in the hope of learning to free my hand to draw again. After one year of practice, drawings like this one here are emerging, and it makes me happy. Besides that, I’m a published poet, writing free-form poetry and haiku. I think that somehow, the two (will) meet. Anyhow, drawing and writing are part of my everyday life and they do give me reason to carry on despite my disability, hope and share.

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

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

Speedball Prize #1: Angela Read

Country: UK

The Story behind my drawing:

When I was a child walking around the playground I used to feel like I was wearing a target. The obvious reason for this might be because I was bullied, but I don’t like being surrounded by people so it could be that. The target is repeated to show movement but in doing this I have created somthing which looks like a virus which is pretty apt as this is often what I feel like.

Find my work at:
http://www.angelaread.co.uk

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

Speedball Prize #2: Farhat Tyebji

Country: Spain

The Story behind my drawing:

I have loved dancing, be it folk or classical. Now I stay in Barcelona, Spain.
Here I got an opportunity to learn Indian classical dance; kathak.
Keeping in touch with the culture of my land, I learn and and also get opportunities to perform on stage. I feel, it is so beautiful, transporting one culture to another land, thus mingling and merging art forms and finding out similarities.  This is what I call “Unity in diversity”.!!

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

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

Speedball Prize #3: Marty Garland

Country: Ireland

The Story behind my drawing:

This is a drawing of my mothers hand holding a little songbook, and although her alzheimers condition was quite advanced she understood the book related to singing and was singing away with gusto, though not necessarily from words on the page! The words of the song depicted are from a folk song called ‘Peggy Gordon’…she thought I had written a song about my sister Peggy (Garland) and used to sing it.

Find my work at:
https://martygarland.com/photo_15987681.html

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

Marty wins one Speedball sketching set

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

Whenever you enter a drawing in the Big Picture, you are automatically added to our next draw.

CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE

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

On April 30th,  we will select 8 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.

Do you have questions about participating ? Read our FAQ or visit our page : How to participate

You can see the winners of our last giveaways here

Our giveaway prizes

1 inspiring 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 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 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

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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 !

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

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

 

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/

 

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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.

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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.

SEE THIS DRAWING ON THE BIG PICTURE

 

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 🙂