WELCOME TO THE BIG DRAW SHOP
The Big Draw is a pioneering visual literacy charity dedicated to raising the profile of drawing as a tool for wellbeing, thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement. Whether you're a book lover, print collector or stationery addict, we've something for everyone at The Big Draw Shop!
Karrie Fransman is a graphic novellist, visual storyteller and comic creator. She tells stories in books, newspapers, animations, sculptures, on Ipads and in virtual reality, and her comics strips and graphic stories have been published in The Guardian, The Times, and The Telegraph - to name a few! Her latest illustrated book, ‘Gender Swapped Fairy Tales’ was co-created with her husband Jonathan Plackett, published by Faber & Faber, and uses a simple but extremely effective algorithm to explore and unpick gender bias.
We couldn't wait to catch up with Karrie and talk more about her life, work and love of comics - and also find out more about her latest book...
Bird & Blend Tea Co. is an independent, award-winning tea company on a mission to spread happiness & reimagine tea! Mike and Kristi are the co-founders of the company, which they started eight years ago. From the very beginning, they knew they wanted to make business decisions based on more than just profit; their intention was to be environmentally sustainable, to send as little waste to landfill as possible, and to provide amazing experiences to people on both sides of the counter.
Bird & Blend have kindly donated complimentary tea bags (in some incredible flavours!) for all of our Big Draw Organisers in 2021. We couldn't wait to have a little chat with Mike and Kristi to find out more about the company - so pop the kettle on and discover more about their journey, and what they're all about...
Whether you’re a newbie or a dab hand, drawing can often be daunting. That’s why cartoons are the best place to start!
Over several decades teaching in schools and art colleges, Austrian cartoonist Peng has developed expert knowledge of the building blocks of drawing and sketching. As he shows, creativity can come from anywhere. Entire sketches can spring up from the simplest lines or curves. Even found objects can spark brilliance – who knows, maybe a stone or leaf could provide the next flash of inspiration!
Peng's latest book, I Can Draw, is a stylish yet playful approach to drawing cartoons, designed to excite even the most tentative artists. We recently ran a brilliant virtual workshop with Peng, and we were excited to catch up with him later to find out a little bit more about his work and why he believes that drawing should be accessible to all... Read more to get a code for 20% off 'I Can Draw'!