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.
- 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
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...
Voting is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated.
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"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."
"A mechanical pencil taped to an iPod with an ice cream attached."
"Ur heart may b heavy or ur heart may b lite, but everything u do flows from it."
"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!"
"The obvious choice"
"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."
"Its so essential that I cant even get my hands off it"
"although naked, but never without my glasses..."
"My MacBook Pro by Georgie Yiannoullou"
"I would bring my 5 pound dog Chickpea!"
"Little wooden sheep"
"I couldn't go anywhere without Little Miss Muffin."
"Can't take a pencil without paper, or paper without a pencil, so my camera!"
"if i have my java it cant be too bad"
"Among the many things in my backpack is my homemade cigar box soprano ukulele."
"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."
"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."
"I wouldn't leave my iPod behind!"
"Yep, I'm THAT girl."
"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"
"I would take a genie lamp"
"I ponder the most valuable item I bring with me every day."
"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). ;)
"Presenting LALAK: the disposable camera"
"Roughly 8"x10" pencil on paper. Gotta have my sketchbook."
"Never leave home without suncream!"
"My corgi almost fits!
"No Mushi the ball won't fit too.""
"The most beautiful engagement ring in the world - noone said the one thing had to be kept in the backpack!"
"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!"
"My Kitty's name is Kitty, I would never leave her behind."
"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."
"Choosing is hard work!"
"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"
"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)."
"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."
"Stuffs on Backpack! :))"
"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."
"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!"
"I love milk."
"An infinite sketch book."
"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 :)"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"My Sock Monkey"
"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."
"My favorite Sketchbook & Thangs."
"I take it everywhere, look at it when I can - Atlas of Middle-Earth, 210 pages"