1 million drawings may seem hard to imagine. Artists always dream big - so are we.
Here is just a snapshot of facts as to why we think our goal is within our reach.
Facebook has one of the largest social networking websites with millions of users. 200,000 daily users submit art to the Graffiti application alone.
YouTube is the largest community driven video sharing website. Thousands of users are currently uploading videos of themselves drawing. Searching the term Draw or Drawing returns over 300,000 videos.
Flickr is the largest online photo gallery community website. Currently there are over 500,000 photos uploaded by users with the term Drawing.
RateMyDrawings has over 40,000 members who draw online and about 3500 drawings are created by users each week. RateMyDrawings has been growing fast and has helped artists create over 300,000 drawings online so far.
DeviantArt is the largest online art community with over 5 million members and recieves over 50,000 submissions per day by its members.
Online Art communities are spread all over the web. These communities are a mix of young a new players in the art space but they all have strong voices and are run by people who are passionate about art. If just a small percent of these communities help promote our event we will gain a huge reach.
Drawing Day 2012 is June 2, 2012. Drawing Day will be held on the first Saturday of June each year. Due to the various time zone differences across the world, many events start friday and are open all weekend.
To join in on this event is simple - as simple as picking up a pencil (or mouse) and drawing. However, the most important part is sharing your art with the world. You do not need to be at a physical event to participate. Draw wherever you like on paper, or on your computer. We just ask that you then scan or take your digital drawing and share it with the world.
Using one or all of these options:
- Upload digital or scaned images of your drawings to the Drawing Day website
- Upload to any of our participating online art communities
- Upload to our Facebook page (this is where all artists are encouraged to post drawings on Facebook)
- Draw online using our free online drawing tool to submit drawings
One day a year, the world stops to remember that joy we had when we first picked up a pencil and created our first piece of art - that's what Drawing Day is all about. The goal for Drawing Day is simple - to create enough drawings to make some noise worldwide for the sake of art. 2008 was the first year of this initiative. Our goal is definitely a long-shot, but we continue to aim for 1 million drawings worldwide. We have no precise measure to know if we reach this goal. If we come close we will all definitely know. Even if we reach 10% of our goal in the first year of this initiative, it will be a great achievement but we will continue aiming for the magic million.
Illustrators and artists alike often go unappreciated. The creation of art and illustration captured our minds ever since we were children and our parents turned the pages of our first book. These stories came to life via the illustrations that took us to an imaginary world full of inspiration.
Whether you're a professional illustrator or you just enjoy the occasional scribble, you can give back to the illustration community by drawing on this day. By injecting more and more illustration and art into our community, we are not only showing our appreciation to our fellow artists, but we are spreading awareness of the joy of drawing. It is important that you contribute - Drawing Day will only be a success if we all participate and make some noise. So, please tell your friends and spread the word.
We love hearing about communities taking place in Drawing Day and hosting physical events. You are welcome to use any of our logos or graphics to create awareness in your community. We do not currently compile a list of physical Drawing Day events; however if we do receive enough interest for this we will definitely consider doing it. First, just let us know and if we receive great responses we are more than happy to let the world know about your event.