The Mental Canvas Challenge

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From Leonardo’s anatomic sketches to Frank Gehry’s conceptual drawings to movie storyboards, drawing is basic to exploring new ideas, communicating new concepts, creating new knowledge, and designing new products. 

Unlike text, photography and music, which have been fundamentally transformed by the computer, drawing on a computer today isn’t very different than drawing on paper was during the Renaissance. Mental Canvas was born out of a vision to bring drawing into the digital age. The patented technology behind Mental Canvas was originally developed by a research team at Yale University, where founder Julie Dorsey is the Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Computer Science. The Mental Canvas platform elevates drawing, making it more than it was on paper and changing our conception of what a drawing can be.

Reimagine your 2D artwork in Mental Canvas for a chance to win $250!

We’ve enjoyed seeing how artists are reimagining their 2D work in Mental Canvas by adding new dimensions of time and space.  This week, we’re asking you to show us a "Before & After" by taking one of your older pieces (digital or traditional), and bringing it to life with Mental Canvas.

For this mini challenge, we’ve partnered with Katy Lipscomb, an accomplished author, illustrator, and designer with over a decade of experience working in both traditional and digital media. Her work has been featured in TIME magazine, National Public Radio, and other platforms across the web. Katy's watercolors imbue the natural world with a sense of magic and mystery. She recently transformed her illustration "Enchanted Forest" into a magical Mental Canvas scene and she is looking forward to seeing many more before & afters!

How to enter:

  • Be sure you’re registered! (you only need to register once)
  • Show us you’re using Mental Canvas in the video by either including the watermark or showing the app interface
  • Post your submission on Instagram, Linkedin, TikTok, Facebook, Youtube or Twitter on a public profile
  • Include two hashtags #ReimagineDrawingChallenge and #MiniChallenge8
  • Tag Mental Canvas so we can see it!

Submit by midnight ET on Wednesday October 27th. You can submit as many entries as you'd like.

We can’t wait to see your artwork come to life in Mental Canvas!

All rules and eligibility requirements of the $100K Reimagine Drawing Challenge apply. Go to the FAQ page to learn more. Questions or concerns? Email us at

P.S. Did you know submissions to mini challenges can also be submitted to the final $100K Challenge? Go to the "how to submit" page to learn more.

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