Digital drawing is amazing, but you can’t do it efficiently without a graphics tablet. The smallest ones are not expensive, but no cheap is cheap enough when you don’t have your own money, and your parents don’t take your passion for drawing seriously. They may not understand that this “toy” can affect all your future, transforming your hobby into a profession. I can say for sure my small Wacom Bamboo changed my life in ways I couldn’t even imagine when I first bought it. I think many of you have the same potential, but it will never have a chance to reveal itself without proper tools.

It’s the season of giving, so for the third year in a row I’m going to sponsor a graphics tablet for a young artist in need. The rules are simple:

  • fill an A4 page (or similar size) with traditional sketches (any topic you like)
  • send a scan/photo of the page to my email: with a subject “contest submission”
  • contest ends on Dec 13, 11PM UTC
  • the winner will be announced on Dec 15 on this blog (‘ll also contact the winner by email)

What can you win? Either a small Wacom, or a bigger Huion/other Chinese tablet—I’ll leave the choice to you! Remember to keep the sketches quick and simple—I’m going to judge your basic sketching skills, not your shading, details, or creativity, so there’s no need to spend too much time on your entry.

In the previous years I picked two winners each time. I’m not sure how many tablets I’ll be able to sponsor this year, but you can be sure that there will be at least one! Here are two of the four winners:

This is last year’s winner, Patricia, with her tablet!

And here’s a portfolio of Sara, who won two years ago: