Sketchnote Army is dedicated to finding and showcasing sketchnotes and sketchnoters from around the world.

Who is behind Sketchnote Army?

Mike Rohde, creator: Designer, author of The Sketchnote Handbook & Workbook, and illustrator, living in Wisconsin.

Mauro Toselli, curator: IT Director, sketchnoter, author, living in Italy.

Binaebi Akah, curator: Sr. UX Designer, sketchnoter, author, and lindy hopper, living in Ohio.

How can I be showcased on Sketchnote Army?
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First Sketchnotes: Samantha Hosea


Here are some first sketchnotes from Samantha Hosea.

She writes:

"This morning I did a workshop on sketchnoting by @micheleidesmith at a conference in Cambridge (#uxcam). My relationship with sketchnoting has always been a bit... let's say... complicated. I've always WANTED to sketchnote, and I've tried a couple of times, but it always felt... not quite right. It kinda made me feel self-conscious in a way.

And then this workshop happened. Michele was really good at boosting my confidence. So after the workshop I kept trying, and created two realtime sketchnotes from talks at the conference. I must say, I'm quite proud of myself :)

What I learned: that it's all about confidence. If you feel you'll suck at it, it'll feel like your sketchnotes suck. If, however, you permit yourself the slight possibility that something quite good will come out of your pen, that possibility is actually there.

I probably have a lot to learn, but as from today on, I'll consider myself someone who enjoys sketchnoting instead of dreading the attempt of one."

Awesome work Samantha! Thanks for the encouraging words!


- Mike


The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Chris Shipton

Today's guest is Chris Shipton

Chris's bio on Twitter say:

Cartoonist, Graphic Facilitator, draws stuff.. live!

1. Tell us when you first met Sketchnote/Visual art

I was introduced to 'visualisation' as used by ad agencies and the like by an old art college friend. Once I glimpsed this world I had to know more. I then discovered Graphic Recording and by extension Sketchnoting (not least via Sketchnote army).

2. How this impacted on your life/work/thinking?

Well I quit the day job and now do it full time, so in a pretty significantly major way. Now I go to events all over the UK & Europe drawing stuff. I have to pinch myself from time to time to check its really happening.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Analogue. And it's not for lack of trying - I had a PC tablet with W8 developer preview to try out drawing. It was OK. I have tried every ipad app. I use a Wacom in my day to day for artworking. But if I need to actually draw something, nothing beats a pen and paper. Or even a 2b and paper.

4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

You don't have to get everything. It's impossible to get everything. Just get the stuff that makes sense to you. No one can hear and process everything that's said at a live event. Your head would explode.

5. What future do you foresee for Sketchnote/Visual Arts?

I think the more the merrier when it comes to sketchnoting and the processes behind it. I always did it - I just didn't realise I was. It's catching on and business and academia are waking up to visualisation in all its forms...

Bonus: The Sketchnote Workbook: can you tell us something about it?

The Sketchnote Workbook and the Handbook are great resources for getting into Sketchnoting. Mike has done an amazing job pulling this nascent form of creativity together. A legend.

We thank you Chris for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:



Sketchnoting in Reverse: Derek Graham



A sketchnote with an interesting story by Derek Graham 

He wrote:


This is the first sketchnote I did after reading Mike's book. I had to give a talk to a large group of people and wasn't thrilled about the alternatives of working without notes and forgetting or losing my place in pages of written notes. Using a sketchnote as a guide allowed me to relax and focus on the audiences needs. I have given the talk a number of times since then using the same technique.
On the blog post that goes with this picture, you can see the original photo and a later version I created after giving the talk a few times. 


Great story and sketchnote Derek!

- Mauro





Teaching on Forgiveness Sketchnote: Mitch Bolton

Done on iPad and Paper by Fiftythree, here is Mitch's  sketchnote.

I find this a great example of how sketchnote tecnique take advantange of digital devices power. Hierarchy, colors, typography, there is everything in it.

You can see other Mitch's works on his website

Thanks for sharing, Mitch!

- Mauro





The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Makayla Lewis

Todays guest is Makayla Lewis

Makalya's bio on Twitter say:

Dr. of Human-Computer Interaction. Interests: Storytelling, UX, a11y, Star Wars & Guinea Pigs.  organiser. BSL learner. Sketchnoter.

1. Tell us when you first met Sketchnote/Visual art

At a user experience sketching workshop at City University London in 2012. I was there to explore methods to visualise my PhD data, an unknown woman (I now wish I'd introduced myself) was live sketching the workshop. It encouraged me to follow suit later that day I crafted an icon library and from that moment I was hooked.

2. How this impacted on your life/work/thinking?

It has improved my listening, processing, and drawing skills in fast paced situations. It has also acted as a communication/networking aid when at events. Sketchnoting has greatly impacted how I share the world (my experiences) with others.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

I'm on the fence regarding digital vs traditional. I love traditional as I can explore drawing tools e.g. multi-liners, fountain pens, chalk, water colour markers and my favourite alcohol markers (Copics). On the other hand I love the accuracy, convenience and versatility of my Cintiq Companion Hybrid.

4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Simple shapes are expressive, ideas not art!

5. What future do you foresee for Sketchnote/Visual Arts?

I see greater expansion and acceptance especially within technical settings. As a Dr of HCI when I sketchnote at academic conferences, seminars and meetings I often receive discouraging looks and comments such as "Why are you drawing pay attention." I see this negative view of visual thinking and expression changing.


We thank you Makayla for sharing with us.

You can find more about her and her works on: