I started the #DrawADotTogether project in March 2020. This special project aims to give illustrators a chance to use illustrations to raise awareness of the current social issues in the world. Here is the latest chapter.
In the past two weeks, I have met with several Asian American artists. We’ve discussed that racism against Asians is getting more severe and violent while casual racism is also alarmingly on the rise. Historically, the Asian community has not been proactive about speaking up and seeking support from their allies. But that’s slowly changing and we would like to take part to encourage the Asian American community to amplify their voices. For the month of March (launching on the 9th), we are creating a special campaign for the #drawadottogether project to focus on this issue. We encourage you to use your work of art (illustrations, collages, abstract art pieces, poems, music, etc) along with descriptions to educate the world and encourage the Asian community to stand up against racism.
Here is the list of topics we have come up with that you can participate.
If you are Asian, we have the following suggested topics:
- Create an artwork that lets people know about your culture. Let people understand different parts of Asia have different cultures. This is about cultural appropriation.
- Create a work of art that shows the stereotype Asian media portraits. In the description, let people know why this is not right.
- Create a work of art that encourages and supports your friends that speak up against racism.
- Create a work of art to encourage Asians to support Asians.
- Create a work of art that shows how non-Asians can be our allies (what can they do to support us?).
- Create a work of art that relates to your personal experience dealing with discrimination. Let people know what they can do to stop this.
If you are Non Asian, we have the following suggested topics:
- Create a work of art that shows your experience in Asia. What have you experienced? What have you learned from that trip?
- Create a work of art that honours the Asian Talents (brands, models, influencers — must have created an impact on the Asian community)
- Create a work of art that welcomes the Asian community in your country. When they tell you they are from this country, believe them.
- Create a work of art that lets the Asian community know what you want to learn from them.
*It will be great if you can acknowledge their nationality instead of grouping everyone is Asian. There are many nationalities in the Asian community.
If you are planning to create your illustrations based on fashion brands, here is a list of brands (not limited) that are founded by Asian Americans or brands that are supporting the Asian community:
- Prabal Gurung
- Phillip Lim
- Private Policy
- Opening Ceremony
- Jason Wu
- Joseph Altuzarra
- Gimabattista Valli
- Oscar de la Renta
These fashion influencers are also very out spoken regarding the current situation:
- Tina Leung
- Eva Chen
- Tina Craig
- Michelle Lee
Please do not include the following things in your artworks/descriptions:
- Dolce & Gabbana
- Alexander Wang
- Philipp Plein
- Please visit this link for all the information. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ethnic_slurs_by_ethnicity
We highly recommend you to do some research before you create the art piece. If you have any questions, you can always DM me or DM any Asian artists. We will be able to give you more information.
Deadline and Publication:
There is no deadline for this project. This project will last until the world is back on its track!
You can create as many illustrations as you want for this project. Once you are done with the piece, you can upload it to Instagram and make sure you tag @drawadot, @shareyourasianstory, #drawadottogether and #ShareYourAsianStory.
I will have a Pinterest board and a Facebook gallery dedicated to this project and will pin the illustration when I see people posting the illustration with the #DrawADotTogether and #ShareYourAsianStory. I will also have an IG story highlight tab on the IG stories I repost. Your story must tag @drawadot and have #DrawADotTogether and #ShareYourAsianStory so I know it is for this project. I will repost as many stories as I can.
Now that we have an IG account dedicated to this social issue, please continue to upload your works and we will post some of them on the IG account feed!
– You are encouraged to show your work in progress on social media platforms. All work in progress images should also be tagged #DrawADotTogether, #ShareYourAsianStory, and @drawadot.
– By entering this open call, you agree to let Draw A Dot to post your work on our social media platforms.
Share this project with your friends so they can also participate. And if you are working for a brand or have connections to brands, please share this project with them too!
Draw A Dot community, let’s create a movement together! The time is NOW!
Many of the illustrators in the Draw A Dot community have created different beautiful coloring pages. I have asked each of them to contribute one of their pages and put them on Google Drive. You can visit the following link to download the files.
If you have any questions regarding importing the png file to Procreate, you can visit Sew Sketchy’s Instagram for the instructions (one of the IG story highlight tab).
Once you are done with the colouring, you can post them on Instagram (or Instagram story) and tag the illustrator(s). There is a good chance they will repost your art work!
You can visit Draw A Dot. Facebook Page to see the submissions from past open calls.