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, living in Ohio.

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Pick up a pen and give it a go: David Burton


The "first ever" David Burton's sketchnote has a pretty nice origin.

Here is what he wrote:

I've always drawn & sketched ideas out for clients & colleagues, but having a talk I gave sketchnoted blew my mind. I immediately promised to return the favour one day, which resulted in my first ever sketchnote attempt. 

I find I get a lot more out of conferences if I'm sketchnoting, whether for myself or for cash. I love the challenge of drawing live events, it's exciting, it keeps me on my toes, and it's all practice as I evolve my own style.

Pick up a pen and give it a go, it's good fun

Dont' miss othe David's works on his Flickr Set

I like your story David!

- Mauro


Confessions of a First Time Sketchnoter: Neil Williams


Here is one of the Neil Williams's first sketchnotes.

He writes: 

These are my first ever sketchnotes, from last Friday's Mind the Product conference in London. I am now an addict. I've just written a post about my sketchnoting journey here: Confessions of a First Time Sketchnoter

Great post and great sketchnotes, Neil!

Thank you for sharing with us.

- Mauro




The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Mauro Toselli

Today's guest is Mauro Toselli

Mauro's bio on Twitter say:

CTO, curator, Author of The Tao of Sketchnote I love sketchnote, coffee, seakayak, bouldering, and cooking

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

Some years ago I noticed on internet those fantastic blends betweek notes, typography and graphic elements and I wanted to give it a try with my notes. I was enlightened! I don't have any background in graphic design and after a while this lack started to be an obstacle. So I made some research and discovered that what I was trying to learn existed and had a name: Sketchnote! In August 2012 I preordered The Sketchnote Handbook that was delivered on December 27. That day started my amazing journey and here I am.

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

It is/was mind opening! At the begin I was overwelmed by my enthusiasm and shetchnoted everything. With time I learned (the hard way) to focus my efforts and started to "meditate" on my sketchnotes, practicing with new typefaces, shapes and compositions. I was almost unaware of the changes but at a certain point my way to think, analyze, organize ideas was very different than 1 year before. I was able to capture key concepts more easily, organize and visualize ideas became more fluent and, mainly, my new ability to sketchnote made me a better communicator.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

I must be honest, even if is out of doubt that I enjoy a lot sketchnoting on my iPad, paper is my choice. I have my large A4 Moleskine notebook where I sketchnote my "masterpieces". Why? Because paper has no CMD+Z! You need a special focus, you need to be "in" the sketchnote. Once finalized, you get that immutable artifact which has a bold dignity.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Ok, typo is/was always my black beast. Those wonderful sketchnotes with perfect handwritten typefaces always made me gelous. I practiced a lot and when I decided it was enough I just focused on those 2-3 typefaces I was sure to write decently and switched focus on hierarchy. I'm a bit obsessed with Golden Ratio, I admit it, but I realized that hierarchy and composition can do miracles even using a limited number of typefaces or graphic elements. And here is my tip: hierarchy is not about space or position, is about flow and remember: separators... do separate :-).

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

Good question. I'm trying to create "Sketchnote awareness" here in my country, organizing events a helding lectures and small workshops. The hard part is to make sketchnote welcome in workplaces: it is still perceived as a waste of time or a thing people do when they are bored. However all people who start sketchnoting get hooked and realize very soon how it can be helpful in almost any any aspect of their life. This is very encouraging and make me very positive for the future of sketchnoting: Free your Notes to Free you Mind!!!

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

Is the natural follow up. If you never stop reading again and again and referencing to the Handbook, you'll carry the Workbook with you wherever you go. I recently used a metaphor: the Handbook teach you what is a bicycle and it's components, how to ride and be safe and how to practice to master cycling, the Workbook show you how to travel the World, suggest some destinations and teach you that the limit is just yourself. Ah, sometimes you may find some peeks on how to ride on one wheel!


We thank you Mauro for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:





A Sketchnote about Sketchnote: Katharina Bluhm

Here is Katharina Bluhm's work.

She wrote 

Well it is not a real sketchnotes, because it had a lot of planning. But it is about sketchnotes and it is in sketchnotes stile. I tried to capture all the main ingredients one needs for starting with sketchnoting. It is the first work i did on such a big paper (120x140cm) with that many colours. I am going to use this for spreading the word about sketchnoting. Since i started in january 2014 i couldn't stop doing it. And it improved my visualisations skills for moderation and stuff in generel.

I find very interesting her incipit and it poses an interesting question about if a sketchnote planned and elaborated not live can be defined as "Sketchnote".

I think Mike made this very clear particularly in the 3rd Chapter of his new book The Sketchnote Workbook in which he describe the process of "Ideas Mapping".

So yes Katharina, it is a real sketchnote and it is very good!
- Mauro

The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Mathias Vestergaard

Today's guest is Mathias Vestergaard

Mathias's bio on Twitter say:

Helping people think clearly is the most rewarding work I've ever done.

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

As a kid I used drawings to build multinational corporations in my mind. With a friend we would dream up a car company, an airplane company, a phone company and many more. It was not really about art but about imagination. What we would dream came alive through paper and pencil.

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

I took a detour into computers, programming, websites and anything that moves around on a screen. It was another way to make things in my mind come alive. However, I find that most of our digital tools today are more about checking boxed and filling in forms than it is about creating something new. That's why I still use paper notebooks with blank pages whenever I begin something new. The blank page is the best API to my mind.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

It depends on the purpose and situation. I use digital notes for anything that needs revisions, e.g. client work or things meant to be shared, however, I still enjoy the ink-to-paper feel more, and I trust the analog to actually save my data. Also, for the purpose of looking through old notes, I find analog to be much superior. This enhances my ability to actually learn from my personal and professional reflections.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

I think the main secret that most people miss or misunderstand, is the importance of a strong visual hierarchy. Most sketchnotes you see are densely crowded with drawings and text in various colors, all competing for attention. Take a look at some Swiss graphic design and create a strong hierarchy with something that is clearly more important, which can anchor the page, and then let everything else be toned down a bit. The real power of this trick however, is not that your notes will look infinitely better (yet they will!) The power is in how this way of writing and drawing will change the way you think...

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

I dream of a future where sketchnotes are taken seriously for the immense power it has (when done right) to transform business, collaboration and joy of work.


We thank you Mathias for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on: