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?
Fill this form! It's as simple as that! We would love to feature your work.


The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: A.V. Crofts

Today's guest is A.V. Crofts

Anita's bio on Twitter say:

Department Flight Instructor & Associate Director at @UW's @CommLead | Writer with anappetite | Pie Queen | #corduroylove | HSBARS 

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

I first encountered sketchnotes through Jessica Esch, who was featured in Rohde's Sketchnote Handbook and now again in the Sketchnote Workbook. While I had always gravitated to visual representations of ideas, I enjoyed the challenge of capturing a speaker in concise drawing that blended images with words. It made me focus and it made me retain meaning in a new way.

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

To start, sketchnoting put me on a path to experiment more and more with illustration, so that now when I attend a conference, launch a class, or build a slide deck, original visuals I create are now part of how I present in public. It's gratifying to see your own evolution as a sketchnoter--so the lesson of sticking with it is a powerful one. Sketchnoting has made me think about visual representations more deliberately and more creatively. If I am sketching in the moment, the challenge is to capture details at the pace of the speaker. If I am creating sketches for a slide deck, the challenge is to create images that serve my talk. Part of the value of sketchnoting is personal: it helps me be a better listener. Part of the value of sketchnoting is external: it provides me content to share widely.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

When I sketchnote a talk, my Molskine lined reporter's notebook is my medium of choice, paired with an Uniball black pen. I like the size and I like the look. I don't have to worry about battery life with either of these products! That said, I keep my phone near when I sketch, as it can be a great resource for looking up images as I sketch. When I produce sketches for a slide deck, I use Sketchbook Pro on my tablet and opt to use my fingers to draw, not a stylus. For me it's not an either/or, both have value.

4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Always travel with a back up pen.

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

I teach in a graduate program in communication and the desire for visual communication curriculum is enormous. From data visualization to the rise of social media platforms like Vine, visual tools resonate. The beauty of sketchnoting is the twinning of low and high tech: you can create a sketchnote with a pencil and a cocktail napkin, but then share it in minutes with the world via your digital device. The combination is thrilling and the potential is enormous.

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

My featured sketchnote in the Sketchnote Workbook food section is from my birthday dinner two years ago. Happily, my dining companion that night was a close friend from college who has the most amazing hair. I could draw her curls for hours!

We thank you Anita for sharing with us.

You can find more about her and her works on:



Calling sketchnoters and illustrators worldwide!


Hey sketchnoters! Our friends at FiftyThree, the people who make Paper are in need of sketchnoters for a few events. We wanted to share this opportunity with you to have some fun! Here's a note from Rachel.

- Mike


FiftyThree, makers of the award-winning iPad app Paper and Bluetooth smart stylus Pencil, is looking to connect with sketchnoters and illustrators worldwide.

The FiftyThree team is often invited to live sketch events and conferences, and we're looking to add to our roster of freelance creators.

Illustrators who use Paper app or are familiar with Paper are strongly preferred. However, if you are an experienced digital artist or sketchnoter with an iPad, we can give you a tutorial. In October, we are actively looking for interested candidates based in Vienna, Austria, or New York City, USA.

To submit your work for consideration, email Rachel Romano at Please include links to your social media profiles or website. Also include your location and willingness to travel, as well as a range of sketches so we'll have a sense of your style.

Compensation for illustration / sketch projects vary, but often include commission, travel expenses,and/or access to exclusive events.

Thanks for your interest!


General Chemistry for Visual Learners- 10 Concepts to Mastery: Vanessa Ralph

Really great and instructive sketchnote by Vanessa Ralph from her project General Chemistry for Visual Learners- 10 Concepts to Mastery

She wrote about it:

Students have changed over the last 5-10 years! Let's give them a chemistry textbook they can understand and provide them with true MASTERY of the subject.

How many people have you heard say "Uh, chemistry and I don't get each other, not my thing!". This is not the student's fault, let's help make this topic attainable for our students. Maybe someday they could, IDK cure cancer, design the latest iPhone innovation, or unlock the mysteries of the human brain! Connect with me (:

Let's get rid of today's GIGANTIC, EXPENSIVE, HEAVY, and teeny font/WORDY textbooks and give students this information in 200 pages or less!

"General Chemistry for Visual Learners- 10 Concepts to Mastery" is the creation of Vanessa, a pharmaceutical chemist and adjunct chemistry professor. Along with the help of Adam Ralph, Brand Manager, Next Generation Curriculum Design was founded in 2014 as a sole proprietorship. All Rights Reserved.


Congratulation for your Kickstarter Campaign, Vanessa!

- Mauro





Bay Bridge Lights sketchnote: Deb Aoki


Here is page 1 of 4 pages of sketchnotes  by Deb Aoki at a presentation by Ben Davis of Illuminate the Arts, the organization that created the Bay Bridge Lights in San Francisco

Dont' miss the other 3 pages:

Page 2Page 3Page 4

Really fascinating work, Deb!

- Mauro




The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Claire Holgate

Todays guest is Claire Holgate

Claire's bio on Twitter say:

Doodler, illustrator & cheerful generator-of-ideas. Graphic Recorder. #todaysdoodle-r. Blogger and geeky Wordpress fan. Mummy and daydreamer...

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

I've always doodled, flowers mostly... But in 2011 I discovered graphic recording and sketchnotes as a 'thing', did some training and started practising myself. I started in a small way, keeping a journal with me at all times and I drew my days, my thoughts, my shopping lists..... I suddenly had these amazing visual records to look back on - the visuals act as a brilliant memory jogger. I went freelance in October 2012 as a graphic recorder and an illustrator and have been enjoying the sketching ever since.

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

I find that drawing out my ideas helps to organise the information better and is far more visually engaging than plain text. I loved how drawing in this way improved my memory, my concentration and mostly supercharged my creativity. My listening skills are better than ever and I found that this extended into my everyday life... I notice more with my ears and my eyes - truly a gift, for which I am grateful every day.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Right now, I am a paper girl. I do drool over the smooth, graduated neatness of an iPad-drawn sketchnote but for me, I love the low-fi feeling of pen or pencil on paper. Having said that, I do scan most of my illustrations and tidy them up digitally. So I guess that makes me somewhere in between the two?!

4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

A lot of my drawings are large scale and so I often find it tricky squeezing in all of the detail I want in a sketchnote. My tip is to stay calm, listen carefully and have faith that the information you capture is the perfect amount. After all, it is YOUR work and a visual record of what YOU heard.

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

I spend a lot of time encouraging others to grab a pen and just try it. I hope that more and more people will discover the benefits of drawing out their ideas. Now that sketchnoting is getting more coverage and the benefits are more widely understood, I hope that it will filter into the education system, so that people don't get to their teenage years, put down the pencils and crayons and start saying 'I can't draw'. Because as we know, everyone CAN draw.

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

I've long been a fan of Mike's work and his awesome Workbook is no exception. He has pulled together some great, inspiring works and I always find it fascinating to see everyone's different styles... There is no right or wrong, only encouragement. As always, there is much to learn and I can't wait to try out some of the tips and tricks myself. Thanks Mike!

We thank you Claire for sharing with us.

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