DaniDraws.com “Art and Learning” Contest

Cavallo Artsprograms

Share your art tips and techniques, and have a chance to win a creative arts “learning vacation” from the Cavallo Point Lodge in California!

I’ll start with the good stuff:

The grand prize in this contest is FREE ADMISSION into one of Cavallo Point’s creative arts programs (worth $1300-$1700!) plus a FREE NIGHT’S STAY in one of their rooms, which is situated just across the Bay from San Francisco.

Interested? Read on…

Cavallo Point


The active and nurturing getaway hotel and resort Cavallo Point is the newest property of Passport Resorts, the people behind the world-renowned Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California. It is located just one mile from Sausalito and ten minutes from San Francisco.

Cavallo Point offers some great “learning vacations,” including these creative arts programs:

  • The Art of Animation

  • Radical Knitting

  • An Artists’ Retreat

  • Awakening the Creative

You can learn more info about these programs here: http://www.cavallopoint.com/arts_programs.php

These creative arts programs include hands-on experiences and tours of San Francisco’s museums and galleries.

Thanks to Cavallo Point for sponsoring this contest. Please take this opportunity to check out their resort and creative arts programs.

“Art and Learning” Contest

Cavallo Creative

Ever since I started this site, I’ve had the goal of sharing my techniques, ideas, and thoughts about art and the illustration industry. Now, I want to extend an invitation to all of you to do the same.


Submit anything to do with your illustration or painting process. I don’t care what it is, as long as your fellow artists and readers here can benefit from it.

If you need ideas, here are a few:

  • A review of your favorite art materials and why you use them.

  • A demo video or speed painting.

  • A progression of images showing your painting process.

  • A tutorial about a specific technique.

  • An article about art, illustration, or freelancing.

These are just ideas, so if you have something else in mind, go for it! It can be as short or as long as you want, and it’s okay if the material is old or has been published elsewhere – send it along anyway!


  1. Please email your entry to contact@danidraws.com with the subject “Art and Learning Contest.”

  2. Please include your FULL NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS and a WEBSITE LINK if you have one (Note: Any contact info I collect will be used solely for the purpose of this contest).

  3. You can email text files, website links, YouTube links, images, or whatever materials I would need to see your entry. Please don’t send zip files, and try to keep file attachments at a low size. If you need to send a large file, you can use YouSendIt or a similar service.

  4. Multiple entries are allowed, but for the sake of brevity, no more than three entries per person.


Not much in terms of rules, but…

    you must own all copyrights, permissions, and rights for distribution of the material you submit.

    …and by submitting, you are inherently giving me permission to republish and showcase it here on DaniDraws.com. However, all ownership and copyrights will still remain with you, of course.

Part of the point is to share all this information with you readers, so also be aware that I will be highlighting some of my favorite entries on the site. All authors will receive full credit with a name and a website link.


Entries will be judged based on creativity, informativeness, and skill.


This contest will run from July 14, 2008 to July 23, 2008. All entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on July 23 to qualify. UPDATE: Deadline has been extended to July 25.

All entries will be judged and winners notified by July 30, 2008.

Full outline of prizes:


First-prize winners win a FREE spot in one of Cavallo Point’s exclusive creative arts programs (Winner’s choice – For a full list of programs, please go to http://www.cavallopoint.com/arts_programs.php) taking place at its brand new lodge in Sausalito, CA and 1 FREE room night in a Bayside Queen or similar room. Promotion includes complimentary parking.


Second-prize winners will receive 1 FREE room night in a Bayside Queen or similar room. Promotion includes complimentary parking.

Cavallo Point – the Lodge at the Golden Gate, a sister property to the acclaimed Post Ranch Inn, is set inside the Golden Gate National Parks and offers stunning views of San Francisco just across the Bay.

Other attractions at Cavallo Point include the Healing Arts Center & Spa; the seasonal fare at Murray Circle or the casual Farley Bar; access to Fitness Center & Spa amenities and more.

For a glimpse of this fabulous hotel, please go to http://www.cavallopoint.com/accommodations.php


Contest runs from July 14, 2008 to July 23, 2008. Programs are subject to change, and contest winners will have an opportunity to select another program subject to availability. Learning Vacations good through December 31, 2008, or until cancelled. Not valid with any other promotion or group rate. Gratuities not included.

With the contest and great prizes aside, I am really looking forward to seeing your work and process. All of us artists have different experiences and have learned different things in different ways. All of us have something to learn from one another, which is why I started DaniDraws.com.

If you’ve read, appreciated, and learned from any of the content on this site, I personally encourage you to make a submission. I’ve enjoyed immensely getting to share my thoughts and techniques with you all, but I also would like the chance to see what YOU can teach me and your fellow artists.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with! :)


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