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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First Sketchnotes: Kara Murphy 

Here is the great first sketchnote by Kara Murphy .

She wrote:

This was my first attempt at sketchnoting. My daughter's preschool was having their parents night and I thought it would be a great opportunity to capture all of the creativity that happens in a Montessori classroom.

Be sure to not miss Kara's comment about this sketchnote on Flickr .

Such a good start Kara!

- Mauro





The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: C. Wess Daniels

Today's guest is C. Wess Daniels

C. Wess's bio on Twitter say:

Quaker pastor, Prof, Poverty Scholar, Phd in Intercultural Studies. Angelic troublemaker & sketchnote preacher. Luv remix, liberation theology, bourbon & vests.

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

I loved drawing as a kid and I was pretty good at it. At one point I even dreamed of becoming a cartoonist. In college I pretty much stopped drawing altogether. Academics and art are separated in school, they don't mix. So I never thought of trying to incorporate my artistic side into learning. That is until I was working on my dissertation and got stuck. My advisor told me I needed to step back, I needed an 'Aha' moment. He suggested trying different techniques to get through my block: pray, sit in silence, diagram my argument, take a walk, etc. As I sat at the coffee staring blankly out the window I started seeing my dissertation in images. I began to drawn them out into a visual model. Once I was done, I sat back and knew that I had crossed over the threshold and was standing on the other-side. For the first time I knew exactly how the model I was writing about looked. I could describe it visually. From that point forward the dissertation basically wrote itself, everything falling into place perfectly. It was around this time that I learned that there was a whole community of "sketchnoters" and that I could incorporate my creative side into my thinking, learning, writing and presenting in ways I'd never considered or imagined. I was from the first "aha" moment a believer in sketchnotes. I couldn't go back if I tried. Now, I sketchnote my sermons, my lectures, articles, books I read, talks I hear, everything I can get my pen around. I love it.

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

Sketchnotes have impacted my life in many ways. For one, I have become a better communicator. Because I draw out what I want to communicate beforehand, I am forced to think visually, and therefore am able to describe more visually, that which I want to communicate to others. In this way, stories and images become far more a part of what I am preaching about or teaching. A second thing that has changed is that I remember things better. I remember my talks better. I look far less at my notes than I used to when speaking. I remember what I read and what I hear so much better. Finally, sketchnotes have helped me be more creative and have more fun. I enjoy what I am doing more. I am more thoughtful, because I am being more creative about the work. And that makes it worth it.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Primarily analogical. I have used Paper by 53 for some things that I knew would be projected on a screen but everything else is analogical. It's faster, easier to flip back and forth between notes, and I find that the pen and paper are easier to manipulate for my needs. I prefer a Baron Fig or Moleskine notebook with Uni-Ball Vision and Vision elite pens.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

I don't know that this is a secret tip so much or what but when I lead a book study I will sketchnote each chapter we read, copy them and give them to those in the study as a "cheatsheet" to help us remember key parts of the text. Plus, it adds to the fun when each week the participants get a packet with sketchnotes in it.

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

I'd like to see it become more normalized and expected at gatherings where learning is taking place.

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

I love the activities and the exercises. I am slowly working my way through them.


We thank you C. Wess for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:



First live Sketchnote: Fabrizio Lodi


Here is Fabrizio Lodi's first sketchnote captured live.

The event was Creativity Day 2014 and the speaker was Karim Maarek, founder of Teach to Fish

By the way Fabrizio and me met there and we had a very good time.

Thank you for sharing with us, Fabrizio!

- Mauro



ICOM New Zealand Conference, Hans-Martin Hinz talk capture: Mike Dickison

This sketchnote is part of Mike Dickison's project  100 Days Project where he made himself to draw something everyday.

Particularly, about this sketchnote, he wrote:

This was the keynote address to a museums conference in New Zealand—the speaker was a German professor, talking about how people from the then-German colony of Samoa performed in the German Exhibition, a bit like curiosities in a zoo. Then a Samoan speaker responded, producing photographs of her grandparents, just sent from Germany, who'd performed at the same Exhibition. It was a lovely moment and I'm glad I was there the catch it in a sketch.

So interestig, Mike, thanks for sharing with us!

- Mauro


The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Jessica Esch

Today's guest is Jessica Esch

Jessica's bio on Twitter say:

Content Strategist. Illustrator. @unitedwaygp LUbrarian. HSBARS. Filter.

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

I’m a sucker for books about rethinking how we work. I was floored by the artwork of Mike Rohde in Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. When I saw that Mike paired his notes with pictures, something clicked in my brain and, from that point on, I did too.

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

Complete game changer. Not only has sketchnoting improved my recall and attention, it has also made my notes appealing and accessible to others. I enjoy extending people's platforms beyond the spaces they speak and write.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Analog all the way until it's time to post. I'm crazy for the way a thin, black line forms on paper.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Keep going. The hyper-critical voice in my head harps on everything it thinks I’m missing when I sketchnote. But I’m not missing anything. I’m filtering. There’s great value in that.

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

The future is very bright.

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

The Portland Hunt & Alpine Club (Page 138) has the BEST popcorn. Come to Maine and give it a try. I'm also a big proponent of connecting my sketchnotes and illustrations to their source so they can be used to further their work and ideas. Mike highlighted one example of how I do this on Page 179 using my Margot Bloomstein sketchnote. Click here for more of my thoughts on how online interactions can affect offline relationships.

We thank you Jessica for sharing with us.

You can find more about her and her works on:


Website: Flickr

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