Thousands of participants from 93 countries took part in the Challenge, which took place over a period of four months (July 14 to November 8, 2021). The 18 winning entries were selected in five categories: architecture and locations, education, comics, napkin sketches and storytelling, as well as three grand prizes. A full list of winners can be viewed at mental canvas website.

A panel of 11 judges drawn from comic book artists to signature architects, with expertise in computer graphics, design, illustration and architecture, determined the 18 winners. Winning entries were selected based on how effectively they used the Mental Canvas system, their aesthetic quality, ingenuity, and loyalty to the specific category.

Sabine Virka visual artist from Alberta, Canada, won the grand prize for telling the story of Yasuke, the African samurai. “I wanted to tell his story through a series of spatial drawings set in an infinite space. Mental Canvas was a perfect tool for that. It gave me a 3D space, where I could move around and explore my 2D drawings in a way I couldn’t with pen and paper alone. It’s pretty amazing to see your art come to life in this way.

Second prize overall went to Ambaresh Haridas, a professional screenwriter India whose series of cartoon tales established him as one of the most prolific and talented Mental Canvas creators. Rafa Alvarez, an illustrator, teacher and designer living in Berlin won third prize overall for a short comic titled ‘The Age of Self’, where he answered the question, ‘What would a history lesson say in the future about what’s going on right now? in our time? Alvarez added that “the benefit of using Mental Canvas is that you can tell stories in a different way than you would on a printed page. [In Mental Canvas Draw] all the panels are built in three-dimensional space, and the background itself plays a part in the story, which I think is pretty cool.”

Johannes DeYoung, Carnegie Mellon professor and Challenge judge, said, “It was a tough contest to judge. There were so many amazing applications. We were constantly blown away by how well participants used the unique capabilities of Mental Canvas.

“Mental Canvas pushes the boundaries of drawing, bringing an element of exploration and storytelling that just isn’t possible with pen and paper,” said Michael Cowan, Senior Director of Microsoft Surface Product Marketing Management. “This is a great example of hardware and software coming together to harness pen and touch to help creatives bring their ideas to life in a more natural and personal way.”

“We couldn’t have been happier with how creatives around the world responded to our challenge,” said the founder of Mental Canvas. Julie Dorsey. “When we built Mental Canvas, we knew it would be useful for early ideation in design, exploring real and imagined spaces, prototyping, and communicating visual ideas. late that we understood how it could be used for storytelling, comics, education presentations and so many other purposes. The challenge also showed us how quickly and easily creatives can adapt to new paradigms of drawing that incorporate aspects of 3D modeling and animation. But what was most rewarding was seeing the incredible range and sheer beauty of the submissions, and knowing that we were helping artists to do things they’ve never been able to do before. Mental Canvas is reimagining drawing and bringing it into the digital age with an entirely new set of features. I think the challenge showed that which is possible when the drawing is freed from the bounds of the page.”

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Official hashtag: #reimaginedrawingchallenge

Availability and requirements
Download the Mental Canvas Draw app from Windows Store and App store.

About the Mind Map
Mental Web, Inc.. is a software technology company whose mission is to improve visual communication by elevating the medium of design – its design, creation and consumption. From commercials to concept sketches to movie storyboards, people use Mental Canvas to explore ideas, communicate concepts, design products, and tell stories. Mental Canvas spatial drawings are a new type of rich interactive media, which can be consumed on all web-enabled devices. Mental Canvas is backed by EQT Ventures, HearstLab, M12 – Microsoft’s Venture Fund, SVB Financial Group and in 2018 won M12’s first international female founder competition.

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