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: 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:





First Sketchnote: Daniel Michelsanti


Here is Daniel's first step in the Sketchnotes World.

He write:

Once I've watched Sunni Brown talking about doodling on TED, I discovered a world I didn't know before: the sketchnoters' one. So I was impressed and I decided to take my first sketchnote of the good Eva-Lotta Lamm's sketching talk .

Good work, keep sketchnoting Daniel!

- Mauro


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