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Showcase #18

The Essential Draw


Everyone has played the game: what would you take with you if you could only bring along one thing? We all have something, something essential or entirely superfluous, something kinky or sentimental, something cerebral or trashy. Out with it. What's your thing?

In this challenge, we ask that you draw something you wouldn't leave behind. Wait! Before you get to it, it MUST be something that could fit in a backpack. You're confined only by the size, nothing else.

 
Submission Guidelines
 

  • Keep it analog: use paint, a pen, marker, sharpie, whatever, but no computer help
  • Feel free to use color
  • Photograph or scan it
  • To be accepted, all drawn submissions MUST be of something that could fit inside of a backpack
  • Submit/upload a JPG of your artwork (no larger than 2MB) for voting
  • Upload your best art, because you only get one submission
  • One winner will be chosen from the top 5 voted submissions
  • During the voting period, any fake votes that we discover will be deemed invalid

DEADLINE: May 23rd @ 4pm EST
 
Prize
 

Draw your thing, your take-along, and win this incredible backpack to hold it. Trust me, you'll want to get your hands on this, because the folks at TOM BIHN design and make each product with tremendous craftsmanship, and all within the U.S.

Specifics: The winner will receive TOM BIHN's Synapse 19 ($160 value). One winner will be selected from the top 5 submissions.

 

And the winner is...


Uploaded by Ramsey O'Brien
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All Submissions

Voting is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated.


"Of course won't go out without her. Birthday gift from Mom on my 14th or 15th birthday--I forgot. Still using this until now, ha ha."
Uploaded by Linda Lie
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13 Faves
 

"I would bring my 5 pound dog Chickpea!"
Uploaded by Elizabeth Graeber
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30 Faves
 

"This is my doodle of my Burts Bees lip balm, its a simple pencil drawing on a neon orange post it. I commute alot and those buses get humid."
Uploaded by Sophia Murray
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4 Faves
 

"if i have my java it cant be too bad"
Uploaded by rex riley
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10 Faves
 

"I couldn't go anywhere without Little Miss Muffin."
Uploaded by Virginia
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7 Faves
 

"Ur heart may b heavy or ur heart may b lite, but everything u do flows from it."
Uploaded by Savannah Gross
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13 Faves
 

Uploaded by Mira Viv
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8 Faves
 

"the only thing I would need with me is a little calico cuteness -- and that's why I take my cat Mimi. you wouldn't even know she's there (or that she's anywhere else than home), because Mimi is a little sleep-monster =) and a real sleep-yoga master. every position you can imagine, she's a black belt!"
Uploaded by Spela Majer
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37 Faves
 

"I love milk."
Uploaded by Jackson
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7 Faves
 

"An infinite sketch book."
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15 Faves
 

"I know that this coffee/espresso maker looks big but it's quite small actually and it definitely fits in my backpack (I've tried it). ;) Cheers!"
Uploaded by ZELIG
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21 Faves
 

"Done using black biro and markers on graph paper. I know that it's 2013 but I just can't let go of tapes and tape players. I almost never leave the house without my Walkman and a selection of mix tapes."
Uploaded by E J Summitt
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15 Faves
 

Uploaded by Vin Ganapathy
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11 Faves
 

"My favorite Sketchbook & Thangs."
Uploaded by shrk*byt
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2 Faves
 

"A cute glow in the dark brooch from my family."
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7 Faves
 

Uploaded by Robert
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5 Faves
 

"A mechanical pencil taped to an iPod with an ice cream attached."
Uploaded by rodrigo aguilar
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16 Faves
 

"Yep, I'm THAT girl."
Uploaded by Stacey Jones
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4 Faves
 

"Essentially, I would (have to) take my glasses. Going out, with your backpack and your memories, looking to make new ones, you should see the world (clearly) for yourself."
Uploaded by Anasmatt
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3 Faves
 

"I ponder the most valuable item I bring with me every day."
Uploaded by Randy Whitlock
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15 Faves
 

Uploaded by Gaver
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40 Faves
 

"whenever i leave the house i carry inside my rucksack things that help me think creatively, all the things are an excuse to bring out my inner child."
Uploaded by JOEY FOURR
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49 Faves
 

"My Sock Monkey"
Uploaded by Dan Cook
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12 Faves
 

"It seemed that as an avid travelbug this was the most essential item to go in my backback, I wouldn't be getting very far without it. Traveling and in turn the appreciation of home have always been a big inspiration!"
Uploaded by Ella Goodwin
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11 Faves
 

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"I need to take water with me everywhere I go, otherwise I'll at least feel cotton-mouthed, and when that happens I get nervous and uneasy. This bottle is the best. I take it with me on my day-to-day errands and on my travels."
Uploaded by Carla Carrasco
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23 Faves
 

"I have Doodled my "Must have" item that is essential in my bag which is my Asthma inhaler. I never leave home without it. I have doodled the things that trigger my asthma off like air pollution and because I am celebrating that this week is a 1 year"
Uploaded by sarah conteh
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7 Faves
 

"My mobile is the most important thing to take for me.. it has my notes,reminders, accounts,.. etc. Basically I feel lost without it! Beside I can doodle using it :)"
Uploaded by Yosra AlKaff
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11 Faves
 

"My wallet is one thing I would not leave home without. Quite worn out, I love its denim texture. It has pictures of my mother, my son. I love its key chain which has an old watch and cute, miniature sandals attached."
Uploaded by Zafaran's Dreams
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13 Faves
 

Uploaded by Sara Levine
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7 Faves
 

"Presenting LALAK: the disposable camera"
Uploaded by Vanda Ferreira
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5 Faves
 

"Roughly 8"x10" pencil on paper. Gotta have my sketchbook."
Uploaded by Bryan Collins
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11 Faves
 

"The superfluous thing that I would bring is this tiny, smaller-than-A4 painting (though it's really mixed media, including acrylics, watercolour pencils, regular coloured pencils, pencils, fine-liners)."
Uploaded by Grace Hsu
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7 Faves
 

"Choosing is hard work!"
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12 Faves
 

"Not sensible, not logical, but my choice all the same, my feline friend Tommi-girl would be my choice "object" to pack up in my backpack and take along with me. As grumpy as she'd be with the idea."
Uploaded by Kitt Van Hassel
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16 Faves
 

"I can't leave without my cat...I'm sure he would fit in. Just give him some air holes. it will be like taking along an organic back scratcher!"
Uploaded by Nancy Belle
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16 Faves
 

Uploaded by Maki Kawakami
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21 Faves
 

"As a true doodle addict, I cannot live without a retractable ballpoint pen. It's the perfect doodling tool because it can draw on anything. So since there is no room for me to bring a sketchpad, my trusty ballpoint pen will save the day."
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11 Faves
 

"That was easy. I just had to look in my backpack. The item that is always in there and follows me around is my swiss army knife without the tweezers. It always comes in handy."
Uploaded by gretzki
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18 Faves
 

"The obvious choice"
Uploaded by Jennifer Ramirez
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6 Faves
 

Uploaded by heather knapp
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2 Faves
 

"I wouldn't leave my iPod behind!"
Uploaded by laurari
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14 Faves
 

"I would never leave behind a clean pair of cute granny panties! Very essential for everyone to have in their backpack. You never know when you'll need a pair!"
Uploaded by Justyna Dabrowski
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13 Faves
 

"I would take my camera because there are sure to be some very funny photos to be had if no-one has thought to bring clothes as their only item in their back pack!"
Uploaded by Clare
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26 Faves
 

"Can't take a pencil without paper, or paper without a pencil, so my camera!"
Uploaded by Hollie McManus
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2 Faves
 

"Stuffs on Backpack! :))"
Uploaded by nadya
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14 Faves
 

"What you see is obviously not one item. These are my thoughts in process for this contest. If I could honestly only leave with one thing...it would be my cat. Then I said this isn't that" kind" of leave with only one thing. So the small drawing pad came a"
Uploaded by Dawn M. Mecozzi
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7 Faves
 

"Its so essential that I cant even get my hands off it"
Uploaded by Chanma
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34 Faves
 

Uploaded by Misty Adams
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27 Faves
 

"although naked, but never without my glasses..."
Uploaded by Petricka
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19 Faves
 

"My 3ds"
Uploaded by Kenny Swanston
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27 Faves
 

"When Starbucks and other gourmet coffee purveyors arrived it was great...for awhile. I love regular coffee. Over the years I've made boxes to hold 4 cups of "to go" coffee that I could bungee on the back of my motorcycle, contraptions to keep coffee contained in backpacks and still all my rides were permeated with spills. Now I have an ancient but still functional commercial coffee maker...so the best stuff is at home! Must...Have...Coffee!"
Uploaded by Rebecca McCartney
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14 Faves
 

"Among the many things in my backpack is my homemade cigar box soprano ukulele."
Uploaded by Terry Horn
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4 Faves
 

"My MacBook Pro by Georgie Yiannoullou"
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"I hate to admit it, but I am addicted to my phone. I use it for one thing or another literally every 20 minutes (give or take). It's functional and sentimental, since it has video of my son & family on it. It wouldn't do me much good if I were stranded on a desert island unless I could recharge it, though!"
Uploaded by Mitzie Testani
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Uploaded by Ammar Aziz
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4 Faves
 

"My Kitty's name is Kitty, I would never leave her behind."
Uploaded by Sonia Beckwith Cole
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23 Faves
 

"The most beautiful engagement ring in the world - noone said the one thing had to be kept in the backpack!"
Uploaded by Ruchi Mittal
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6 Faves
 

Uploaded by Moran
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4 Faves
 

"I would take a genie lamp"
Uploaded by Alexis
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10 Faves
 

"Never leave home without suncream!"
Uploaded by Mr Steffen
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11 Faves
 

"Little wooden sheep"
Uploaded by Bela UncleCat
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38 Faves
 

"I couldn't go anywhere without my yellow elephant... Ok that won't fit in my bag! I couldn't go anywhere without my ink pen and imagination."
Uploaded by Deri Mungo Russell
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48 Faves
 

Uploaded by Jesse Blank
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4 Faves
 

Uploaded by Liz Synalovski
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10 Faves
 

"My corgi almost fits! "No Mushi the ball won't fit too.""
Uploaded by Elizabeth Hunt
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"My Sketchpad."
Uploaded by Mariery Young
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"I won this flute in a bet in 1994, in Santa Cruz. A friend bet me I couldn't make a clear note the first time I blew it. He was wrong. He and the flute had just returned from a summer in Costa Rica. The flute travels when I do. I've played it everywhere from skyscrapers in Manhattan to quiet valleys in Yellowstone. Mountains, deserts, alone and with friends. It helps me quiet my mind and focus on my breath, and the sound."
Uploaded by Jennifer Leigh
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"I take it everywhere, look at it when I can - Atlas of Middle-Earth, 210 pages"
Uploaded by Terri Plemons
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39 Comments

Clara Charlotte Roethe
Clara Charlotte Roethe Posted May 18, 2013
oh, yay, this will be like a giant "What's in your bag" collection. Only that it's not lint or lipgloss, but really important things with a story behind it. Can this be a book, please? :)

Anarva D.
Anarva D. Posted May 18, 2013
Just 1 thing?

rex riley
rex riley Posted May 19, 2013
my wife thinks she can fit in the backpack

karolina bayliss
karolina bayliss Posted May 19, 2013
just to be clear: is it a lot of one thing or everything that could fit in the backpack?...

Dawn M. Mecozzi
Dawn M. Mecozzi Posted May 20, 2013
Alright I put in my submission but it doesn't looked cropped correctly....from here anyway.

Nancy Belle
Nancy Belle Posted May 20, 2013
I submitted my cat.

Nancy Belle
Nancy Belle Posted May 20, 2013
...he's not black.

Bryan Collins
Bryan Collins Posted May 20, 2013
Made my contribution. Thank you for all of the fun challenges.

Linda Lie
Linda Lie Posted May 21, 2013
Made my first contribution :)

Rebecca McCartney
Rebecca McCartney Posted May 21, 2013
Iwould be my dog...except she won't fit in a back pack. So that's out! Hmmm...I will have to keep thinking!

Ella Goodwin
Ella Goodwin Posted May 21, 2013
This is tricky, initially I thought my sketchbook, then I realised if it's only one thing I couldn't bring a pencil so that's useless unless I'm going to get into origami, can't bring the cat as the other one would be hurt, down to my favourite book or a pen so far!

Virginia
Virginia Posted May 21, 2013
This is the first time I have submitted something. I had to think what I would take. Electronics need chargers. Sketchbooks need pencils, pencils need sketchbooks. Then I thought about Tom Hanks and his coconut. My choice is more cuddly.

Misty Adams
Misty Adams Posted May 21, 2013
Woohoo! I'm in! >_

Gaver
Gaver Posted May 22, 2013
how does it work? where can i find the sketch to vote it?

Rebecca McCartney
Rebecca McCartney Posted May 22, 2013
I'm old and tech-challenged! I just uploaded my first submission. It's a scan, size is 1.17 MB, but what I see appears to be cut off top and bottom, Any thoughts or suggestions? I really thought I had it together; the dog isn't speaking to me 'cuz I ignored her all night while I drew...

E J Summitt
E J Summitt Posted May 22, 2013
Oh wow, I feel like a proper drawer now. My very first submission.

Mariery Young
Mariery Young Posted May 22, 2013
my dog doesn´t fit in a backpack, we already tried that once. love this showcase

Ammar Aziz
Ammar Aziz Posted May 22, 2013
GAVER, you have to wait until the submission period is over. you can see it on the top, under your name, there is a 'current status' that shows how many days or hours left for submission. when the submission is closed and it is time to vote, you will see all the drawings submitted.

Gaver
Gaver Posted May 23, 2013
Thanks AMMAR AZIZ! :)

Deri Mungo Russell
Deri Mungo Russell Posted May 23, 2013
Good excuse to doodle!

ZELIG
ZELIG Posted May 23, 2013
uf uf... I just uploaded my submission! :)

shrk*byt
shrk*byt Posted May 23, 2013
Phew!!

Elizabeth Hunt
Elizabeth Hunt Posted May 23, 2013
Uploaded my first submission! :-)

Hugo
Hugo Posted May 23, 2013
Right down to the wire for some of you ;)

okat
okat Posted May 23, 2013
Wow. Well done everyone. Impressive collection of drawn essentials. Thank you all for participating. Let the voting begin.

Clara Charlotte Roethe
Clara Charlotte Roethe Posted May 23, 2013
so glad it's not all computers and phones and when it is, it's drawn creatively and with humour. you guys rock!

Carolina The Doodler
Carolina The Doodler Posted May 23, 2013
It's always so exciting to be in these showcases! I have to make time to participate more often =) DA Rocks!

Rebecca McCartney
Rebecca McCartney Posted May 24, 2013
Mira Viv... PEANUT BUTTER! I completely relate. :)

Rebecca McCartney
Rebecca McCartney Posted May 24, 2013
EJ, I was thinking the other day about when the "Walkman" first arrived. It was amazing: a PORTABLE tape player with headphones! Mine never worked right, possibly because it was not a "Walkman," but a cheaper imitation. It's cool that someone else remembers them; it is even more cool that you use it and favor your mix tapes! Thanks... And nice doodle. :)

Merrie Esposito
Merrie Esposito Posted May 24, 2013
Too late for me to do something and submit it. Several things are essential, but I'd have sketched my sunglasses - dark, prescription sunglasses. My eyes are so accustomed to them in any daylight, I'm uncomfortable without them, especially when driving. When outdoors, they're a part of me.

E J Summitt
E J Summitt Posted May 27, 2013
Hey Rebecca, thanks I'm glad you like my doodle! I dig your "cuppa joe" also. I'm never too far away from one of those at any one time! Yeah, my first Walkman was a revelation for me. Christmas of '88. I just remember going to sleep at night with my orange foam headphones on listening to Santana. I've never quite been able to stop lovin analogue since. Also, I'm a clumsy fool and cassettes are hard to destroy!

Nine Photography
Nine Photography Posted May 28, 2013
Love the "MY MEDS" by Misty Adams!!!! Greatness!

Hope B.
Hope B. Posted May 28, 2013
Hmmm... a guinea pig will fit in a backpack!

Lina Castaneda
Lina Castaneda Posted May 29, 2013
Absolutely fun!!

Maria
Maria Posted May 30, 2013
Very fun contest! Love it

Miha
Miha Posted May 30, 2013
Bela!

robin c humelbaugh
robin c humelbaugh Posted May 30, 2013
I am p leased that the ones I liked the most were also liked the most.

Ivan Semenov
Ivan Semenov Posted May 31, 2013
Рок за сахара!

Sergey
Sergey Posted May 31, 2013
РОК ЗА САХАРА!

 

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