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HandPicked Design Challenge

HandPicked: Design Challenge!

The founding principal of They Draw & Cook has always been to promote and showcase the work of artists from around the world and help them connect with art directors.

WHAT IS IT?

We’ve created HandPicked as a way for more Art Directors to see and discover the amazing work by our talented artists here on They Draw & Cook.

We invite professionals from a variety of creative businesses to be our Guest Curators and create a Featured Collection based on a theme of their choice. Each Guest Curator is in the business of looking for freelance talent and we want them looking at YOUR work. Double bonus; curated collections will run for two weeks rather than our standard one!

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

Sign up for our TDAC newsletter or follow us on IG so you know when we announce the design challenge themes. To participate, create an illustration based on the theme and submit your illustration here. Follow our standard size and submissions guidelines. As long as your illustration includes food it doesn’t necessarily have to be a recipe. It can be a pattern, an illustration of ingredients, a kitchen scene, a still life of food or whatever else comes to mind. Be creative and have fun! Submit as many images as you want.

WHAT ARE THE DUE DATES?

The design challenge theme will be announced three weeks prior to the duedate. We will send this out in a newsletter and share on IG and FB. It will also be available here on this page (below).

The Guest Curator will be able to view all submissions before selecting the four designs to be included in the Featured Collection. All new artwork must meet our standard guidelines in order to qualify.

Let's Have a Picnic! (this challenge is now closed)

Curated by Jennifer Nelson, Jennifer Nelson Artists, Inc.

Challenge is closed. Top 4 picks shown below. See all entries here

Showcased in our Featured Collection August 10 - 24, 2020

Illustration by Anna Ivanir

Illustration by Loo McNulty

Illustration by Mira Paradies

Illustration by Mayumi Sasage


Edible Flowers (this challenge is closed)

Curated by Mia Galison, Founder, President, and Creative Director of eeBoo (Piece and Love: Jigsaw Puzzles Freshly Made)

Challenge is closed. Top 4 picks shown below. See all entries here.

Showcased in our Featured Collection March 30 - April 13, 2020

Illustration by Juliana Oakley

Illustration by Allie Runnion

Illustration by Colleen Harrington

Illustration by Mira Paradies


Global Cuisine  (This challenge is now closed)

Curated by Joy Aquilino, Editorial Director, Quarry Books and Rockport Publishers

Challenge is closed. Top 4 picks shown below. See all entries here. See our Pinterest Board here.

Showcased in our Featured Collection December 23 - January 6, 2019

Illustration by Marie Hermansson

Illustration by Starlene Designs

Illustration by Shosannah Hausmann

Illustration by Lainey Yehl


Favorite Food Memories! (This challenge is now closed)

Curated by Lynne Shlonsky, Creative Director, American Greetings

Challenge is closed. Top 4 picks shown below. See all entries here.

Showcased in our Featured Collection October 28 - November 11, 2019

Illustration by Sam Rudd

Illustration by Jamie Runnells

Illustration by Mira Paradies

Illustration by Karen Bunting


The Food Geometry! (this challenge is closed)

Curated by Janine Vangool, Publisher, Editor, Designer, UPPERCASE Magazine

Challenge is closed. Tops 4 picks shown below. See all entries here.

Showcased in our Featured Collection Sept. 2 - 16, 2019

Illustration by Suhiidraws

Illustration by Jenine Paul

Illustration by Kat Santos-Yutani

Illustration by Christine Cuddihy


Birthday Bash! (this challenge is closed)

Curated by Ceci Butler, Owner and Creative Director of Design House Greetings

Challenge is closed. Tops 4 picks shown below. See all entries here.

Showcased in our Featured Collection July 1-15, 2019

Illustration by E. Campanella

Illustration by Mira Paradies

Illustration by Cynthia Frenette

Illustration by Loo McNulty


Super Great Super Foods (this challenge is closed)

Curated by Lydia Hess, Creative Director, Amber Lotus Publishing

Challenge is closed. Top 4 picks shown below. See all entries here

Showcased in our Featured Collection May 6-20, 2019

Illustration By Olga Svart

Illustration by Natalia González

Illustration by Kristy de Castro

Illustration by Lemon Chicken Por Favor


Eat the Rainbow (this challenge is closed)

Curated by Sandra Salamony, Creative Director, Spirituality & Health Media

Challenge is closed. Top 4 picks shown below. See all entries here

Showcased in our Featured Collection March 11-25, 2019

Illustration by Sara Netherway

Illustration by Amiee Sue Malott

Illustration by Denise Ortakales

Illustration by Ohn Mar Win