Concepts Drawing Challenge

Let your imagination reach for the stars! Running from 1 August - 31 August 2022, this month's Concepts + Big Draw Drawing Challenge invites you to draw an alien.

The universe is all yours! Creature or humanoid, friendly or menacing, cute or creepy - draw an alien and examine its evolutionary story. Where did it originate, how does it live, and how does it interact with other life forms?

  1. Draw an alien. As you sketch and outline its core shapes and details, think about where your alien came from and how it evolved into its current form. How might it survive in its home ecosystem? How does it breathe, what does it eat, and how might it communicate with other species?
  2. If you'd like to get social, share your alien drawn in Concepts along with a description of its character and backstory on Instagram, Twitter or Reddit for a chance to win great prizes. Details on how to enter are below.

We're so excited to see your creations! Thanks for participating in our Concepts + The Big Draw August Drawing Challenge.

 Who won last month's Drawing Challenge? We'll let you know soon!

How to Enter

1. Post an original sketch with hashtags.

Instagram + Twitter:

Post an original sketch or sketches that you created in Concepts. Use the hashtags #drawanalienchallenge, #conceptsapp and #contest - all three hashtags are required, please check your spelling! One project per entry. If you include multiple sketches for the same project, please keep them to the same post.


Post an original sketch or sketches that you created in Concepts to the r/ConceptsApp subreddit. Please make sure to add the "Sketching Challenge" flair to your post so we see it. One project per entry. If you include multiple sketches for the same project, please keep them to the same pos

2. Include a short story.

In the caption, share a description of your alien's story and its attributes. The more thoughtful you are about your description, the more we can understand and appreciate your submission. 

3. Check your Direct Messages.

The  contest will run from 1 August 2022 through 31 August 2022. Be sure to post before midnight to be eligible. We will judge entries based on originality, creativity, and the strength of your concept share. We will DM three separate winners on or near September 7, 2022. Accept your winning status within 72 hours to claim your prize

4. Prizes!

First Prize: Your choice of one set of Apple AirPods, Samsung Galaxy Buds+ or Microsoft Surface Earbuds, a set of six Copic markers, and a Concepts App t-shirt.

Second Prize: A set of six Copic Markers and a Concepts App t-shirt.

Third Prize: A Concepts App t-shirt.

Make sure you read the full set of rules on the Concepts contest page, as only legal entries qualify for prizes. 

A Note About Contests with Concepts

The intention behind contests with Concepts is to provide creative and thoughtful prompts, encourage sharing of sketches rather than finished work, give away meaningful prizes, and share on our social channels the awesome inventive work you do to encourage others. We will only use a prize winning submission for marketing associated with the competition. For use elsewhere, we will always seek permission and negotiate an additional financial arrangement. We are genuinely grateful to be part of such a caring and creative community, thank you for your support!

The Small Print

  • Be sure to set your profile to public so we can see your post.
  • For legal reasons, you must be 18 years of age to enter.
  • By submitting your work, you agree to our contest rules below.

This contest is no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram, Meta, Twitter or Reddit.

 JuLy Drawing Challenge: Draw a Boat

We were all at sea in July! Last month's Concepts + Big Draw Drawing Challenge invited you to draw a boat.

You could sketch an iconic ship or research a historical vessel, sail with a science fiction themed craft or ink up a smaller canoe. 

Stay tuned for the winners to be announced!

The Big Draw + Concepts App Drawing Challenge s

The Big Draw and Concepts App have collaborated on monthly drawing challenges since October 2021. You can see all the wonderful themes below, and read more about the winners on the dedicated Concepts App Partnership page.

About Concepts

Designed by TopHatch, Concepts is the first app to explore and redefine visual thinking and design for touch on mobile devices. TopHatch team members are based in seven countries with creative epicenters in Silicon Valley, California and Turku, Finland. 

Concepts is a vector-based sketching tool with a whiteboard-like canvas and popular with note takers, visual thinkers, architects, designers and illustrators. The Concepts Community is a space for news, interviews and tutorials featuring Concepts App, sharing challenges and material from excellent creators TopHatch work with. The app’s endless canvas enables boundless idea exploration, while the realistic pencils and pens make drawing feel natural and genuine. The app’s vector-based drawing engine lets you powerfully edit and organize every element of your sketches, designs and illustrations, and gives you flexibility to work with other software.

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