ONLINE DRAWING THRIVES ON YOUDRAW.COM
With over three hundred thousand drawings created through its online drawing tool, the Youdraw Project has reached cruising speed. Launched in 1999 by Louis Paschoud, Peter Holberton and Ally Cane, the original aim of the project was to gather half a million drawings of human figures. These drawings were to be compiled into a book, part of an exhibition showing the scale of human population. While the original project still stands, the Youdraw website has grown into a very popular website where drawing enthusiasts from all over the world share their talent with others.
The largest art Gallery you will ever get in your living room.
Indeed! In order to mark the passage of one, two and three hundred thousand drawings submitted to the Youdraw website, three limited edition posters have been printed. Each poster is a selection of 2000 drawings celebrating the diversity of talent expressing itself on the website. You can spend hours scrutinizing them. From a distance they look like some kind of strange hieroglyphics. When you get closer you keep discovering new drawings, comments Peter Holberton, programmer of the website. The money collected through the sale of the posters will help Youdraw develop the website further.
CLOSE TO 10 000 DRAWINGS A MONTH
The Youdraw website was launched in October 1999 when the world population passed six billion. Since the launch, the site has seen a steady growth in the number of drawings created each month. Today over 80 000 unique visitors make their way to the Youdraw website each month, many creating their own drawing or simply browsing the website gallery looking at drawings. Close to half a million drawings are viewed every month!
The Youdraw online drawing tool consists of two basic pens and two erasers using only black and white. This very simple interface favors drawing and composition and is appreciated for its constraints in a world of advanced imaging software. The resulting drawings are fascinating in their variety. The Youdraw drawpad has brought out many extraordinary talents, visible on the website through a seemingly infinite gallery of pictures.
The Youdraw website is a place of expression. The Youdraw community love to share their impressions about each others drawings says Louis Paschoud originator of the project. Usually they are nice to each other, though now and then thing heat up a little bit just like in real life. Several volunteers help out with the day-to-day running of the site and make sure Youdraw stays a nice place for everyone.
The Youdraw website is home to many characters of all ages and origins. For example, Christine MB from England has contributed over 9000 drawings! (an absolute record). A user nick-named Zoomer created an incredible drawing composed of seventy-nine smaller ones to celebrate 30 years of marriage (to view his work go to the pic search page; in the Name field type: big idea and choose to show 100 images). Children and schools also contribute a lot to the project.
The Youdraw project has shifted from its original aim. Although many people still submit drawings of human figures, many visitors use the site as a place to share their passion for drawing. Youdraw plans to broaden the scope of projects for which people can draw. As many people come to Youdraw wanting to improve their drawing skills, different ideas are being developed to try and satisfy this demand.
Original aim: collect 500 000 drawings of human figures for a book to be used in a installation showing the scale of human population
Drawings created so far: 380 000
Average number of drawings created every month: 10 000
Individual drawings viewed every month: 500 000
6 Billion People in One Room!
What do 6 billion people look like? Youdraw is an exceptionally creative, simple and interactive web site that intends to represent the current, huge scale of humanity. The launch of the Youdraw web site, the first stage of an ambitious project, was timed to coincide with the United Nations Day of 6 billion - 12th October 1999 .
6 Billion Draw on Web Power!
What do 6 billion people look like? Access Youdraw, and come face-to-face with an exceptionally creative, simple and interactive web site. Aimed at doodlers world-wide, Youdraw offers everyone the chance to contribute their own portrait to what will ultimately be part of a global gallery of 6 billion individuals.