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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.

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The Sketchnote Army Podcast: Season 2, Episode 1: Dave Gray

Dave Gray

In the first episode of the second season, I talk with Dave Gray, founder of XPLANE and the visual thinking leader who introduced me to using visuals as a practice and a way of thinking.

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Visual CV by Brigitte Hulliger (plus video bonus)

An interesti Visual CV by Brigitte Hulliger .

She wrote:

"I've been drawing and sketching my whole life without any goal in mind. That changed about a year back when I decided that I wanted to start drawing on my iPad Pro and to try to make my first VideoScribe.

The story I chose is the story of my life - my Curriculum Vitae.

I had the big picture in mind - meaning, I knew that I wanted it to be a big ""CV"" in the end and then I started segmenting the CV into smaller parts for the different phases of my life. Afterwards, I just started drawing (and deleting, and redrawing).

The attached image is the resulting image when I was done drawing.
Afterwards, I decided to try to animate it with the software VideoScribe. The resulting video is published on YouTube:

The (few) words I used in the drawing are German (sorry). I hope those who don't understand them will still be able to follow the story.

As mentioned before, this is my first real VideoScribe and I hope there will be plenty more to come :-)"


Beautiful! And love the video!

Thanks for sharing, Brigitte.

- Mauro



First Sketchnote: Cecile Yadro

Today we are happy to feature another excellent first sketchnote!

Here is the work by Cecile Yadro   

She wrote:

My first sketchnote... thanks to Mike Rohde (read the two books) and to Mauro Toselli (sketched the book too) and to Marc Dugué

I'm sure I can thank you so much for the mention also on Mike's and our friend Marc behalf.

That's an incredible start, please, keep going!

- Mauro




Freakonomics Podcast Capture: Mitch Bolton

Here a nice work by Mitch Bolton .

He wrote:

"Listened to a recent Freakonomics Podcast episode about productivity. Loved it and wanted to take some notes on it. First time doing something audio-only. It was an interesting challenge.

Notes were done in Paper by FiftyThree on an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil."

Very interesting, Mitch!

I love how you used nearly all Paper53 festures. Well done!

- Mauro 


Sketchnoters' Stories - "Visiting Portugal": Lorraine Kasyan

Today's story is from Lorraine Kasyan who shares her sketchnoted travelog.



Visiting Portugal gave me a unique opportunity to try my travel sketchnoting skills. Always so eager to capture ideas in doodles, I hoped to capture the feel of each place we visited as well as the impressions it left on me. I purchased small moleskine soft cover books, and two Pentel Energel .7 mm ball pens for my son and me. My son brought along two mechanical pencils and his willingness to join the fun. The activity did not disappoint.


It was easy to be enthralled and captivated in Portugal. The country is gorgeous, the architecture otherworldly, the people smiling and animated, and the food delicious. Staying present and noticing my surroundings was the easy part. Stopping to sketch them was a bit more difficult as we traveled mostly by foot and navigated cobblestone streets, steep hills, and miles of wrong turns daily. We were able to sketch on site a few times and then in the evenings we would look at photos of the locations in those starter sketches and add detail.


Detail! As hard as I tried to stay open and general, the details really called to me. Every location, side street, castle, and church had so much to see that in each square foot was a universe to behold. Faces and animals, angels and tile work that took my breath away. I couldn’t help but add some rudimentary detail and thus did not draw as many different images as I originally planned. I created one sketch for each location visited in my travel journal and selected something particularly memorable from each. Then, I created the overview or summary sketchnote to help me remember the key points, locations, and memories of our ten days. That summary sketchnote is here above and you can find the sketches on Flickr.


Portugal was pure magic. We experienced so many coincidental events, chance encounters, and heart felt connections while there. Really. Feast days, a parade, a guitar concert in closed convent, the kindness of strangers and the Euro Cup. Yes, we were there for the last two games and celebrated the win with a crowd of Portuguese enthusiasts on a grass-topped restaurant with ancient olive trees growing in our midst. The win was a surprise to all and the night one to remember.


I look forward to seeing your travel journals soon – It really made an amazing trip much more memorable. Capture those impressions and share with us.



Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Lorraine!

I particularly love the summary, I think is a great way to recap the trip and to consolidate the experiences.

Well done.

- Mauro