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A Parrot

24 Jan

Doso Piplo


Doso Piplo
13 years old
New Zealand

What I was doing: Just painting
Where I was: In my room in my house


Wolf and Butterfly

9 Jan

This week, a letter came, with these drawings! (Half of them came with the words “Wolf and Butterfly.”) Hurray!





36 years old
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
I do most of the drawing at home.

Draw-a-thon at the Children’s Museum in Manila

9 Dec

Last December 1st, I held my first draw-a-thon. (You know what a marathon is, right? It’s just like that, except that you’re drawing.) It was at the Museo Pambata (Children’s Museum) of Manila, Philippines, for their Children’s Advocacy Program. I brought in DrawHappy as well as my other drawing project, Rorsketch (a visual perception project where you draw your interpretations of clouds). After showing them some current sketches and making them warm up their hands, we got to drawing.

Kids, I have to say, are not only talented and completely open to new experiences, but also insatiable when it comes to pouring their imaginations on paper. The terror of a blank canvas doesn’t apply much. Here are some of the sketches:

Head on to this post for how they did on the clouds.

Here are some photos of the event:

Then we had chocolate ice cream, fudgee bars, and grape juice. Oh, to be eight years old again!

Thanks so much, Museo Pambata, for hosting, and to the awesome kids for all these drawings!

If you would like to hold a draw-a-thon in your school or organization, please email drawhappyproject[at]gmail[dot]com.

A soldier’s bluebird

23 Nov

“Not much to do out here, collect nature magazines and try to sketch pictures of animals that catch my eye.”

Jesse W

About my drawing
What I was doing: Sitting at a small COP in Afghanistan
Where I was: Barracks
Whom I was with: Never alone out here.

Sketch from a photo

23 Nov

“This was my first sketch from a photo.”

Samantha Riker
18 years old
Kansas City, Missouri USA

About my drawing
“I was looking at a photo of the girl I was drawing at home with my grandpa.”

Remembering my daughter

3 Sep

Kristina L. Araño
28 years old
Human Resource / Recruitment Specialist in an Engineering firm
Laguna, Philippines

About my drawing

What I was doing: I just finished doing interviews and was screening resumes when I remembered how cute my 6-year-old daughter was, when I saw her last night happily reviewing her lessons.
Where I was: I’m sitting on my cubicle at Human Resource Department a few minutes before coffee time
Alone or with company: I am just alone in my area, while most of my officemates attend to their business meetings / work activities



This drawing first appeared on page G4 of the Learning section of the  Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Ice Cream

4 Aug

Jessica L. Cardenas
21 years old
executive assistant
General Trias, Cavite, Philippines

About my drawing
What I was doing: Just had a meeting. Had a minor boo-boo at work just now
Where I was: My desk at our office
Whom I was with: I’m alone in my thoughts but technically my office mates are  at their respective areas

First published in The Philippine Daily Inquirer Learning Section, page H4, 30 July 2012. 
Addendum! Happy birthday, Jessica, who turns 22 today (August 27th)! She sent us another sketch:

Happy Birthday, Jessica!