Gustave Courbet – Self-Portrait (The Desperate Man)

Describing Illness Through Mental Pictures

It seems our language is fairly ineffective when it comes to describing mental illness.
When we feel sad for a day or two, we’re depressed. A colleague who becomes terribly competitive when the manager is around must be schizophrenic, and we all know someone who’ll describe his ex-girlfriend as psychotic.

But when we use these words like this, they don’t illustrate the right picture of such an illness.
But some people can do it with a minimal use of words.

Gemma CorrellGemma Correll

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Draw on the moon

Making marks together on a truly Global scale

At The Open Draw we encourage collaboration and social drawing in all shapes and forms, but there are still some projects that astound us in their magnitude.

Discover an amazing interactive universal collaborative digital drawing project, crossing time, borders and even the physical world.

The artist Ai Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson introduced ‘Moon’ last Autumn, where you can make a mark on the moon in a graffiti-like manner. Now you can also explore the visual landscape and search for your favourites, sharing them on social media.

The project was originally created to help bridge Berlin, China, and New York, but it has gone far beyond the original concept. So far over 35,000 people have left their mark on the moon and plans are being made for either an installation or exhibition to ‘bring the moon on earth’ in the future.

For the in- depth Vice ‘creators project’ article :

You can join in the project right here:



Exploring Drawing

Drawing has arrived!
No longer is it just a tool used only for preparation for the ‘real work’, drawing has finally been recognised as an art form in its own right. You see it everywhere in magazines, replacing photography, in shop windows replacing  signage, on tee shirts, shoes, you can see handrawn work everywhere. With more and more galleries, collectors, larger exhibitions and artfairs dedicated to drawing, it is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

It is also not neccessarily a solitary activity anymore. Sharing a common experience of drawing, side by side, or Collaborative, in groups, workshops and even in public spaces becomes an enhancing and enriching experience, for the creators and the viewers/consumers.

At The Open Draw, on this site and at our regular events, we want to celebrate drawing in all it’s forms, whether ancient, old and contemporary. We also want to discuss future thought, explore percieved boundaries in order to try and discover and offer new and exciting visual, educational and social experiences to everyone.