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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Tuesday
Oct282014

The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Marichiel Boudwin

Today's guest is Marichiel Boudwin

Marichiel's bio on Twitter say:

Visual storyteller. Sketchnoter. Doodler. Featured in The Sketchnote Handbook. Mommy. Closet gamer. PvPer. Mommy. #Handdrawn #Typography

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

I first came across Mike Rohde's sketchnotes from SXSW 2009. My husband showed them to me and I was absolutely mesmerized by them. My husband started to sketchnote a chapter from a book and asked me to refine some of the lettering on it. From there, we continued to do sketchnotes on books and videos with him doing the drawings and me doing the text.

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

It has impacted my life in that I've been approached by Clients to do sketchnotes for them and have been able to supplement our income by doing sketchnotes. Imagine, getting paid to draw stick figures! I also learned I have a gift for hand drawn typography, something I used to do throughout school growing up and have since been able to revisit. #

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

I used to be anti-digital and did sketchnotes strictly with pen/paper/markers/highlighters/colored pencils. I thought it was more authentic to use actual ink and paper. However, it was extremely difficult to make changes to sketchnotes this way, and sometimes Clients would request changes after the fact. So I caved and learned to draw digitally. It has made my work so much easier to produce and recolor. Now, I do about 95% of my drawings digitally. I draw on Pixelmator or iDraw using a Wacom tablet.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

There are no rules! Who says you can't have a sloppy first draft and redo/refine into a second draft? I retain information even better by doing a very rough initial sketch then going back and redoing it a second time. The 2nd time around I'm not rushed and can add all the bells and whistles.

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

I'm seeing more and more people doing Sketchnotes these days and taking notes this way. Some people don't move on to do more than one, but there's an even larger number of people who continue on to pump out more than just one sketchnote. And they just keep looking better and better with practice! I'm very excited to see what people continue come up with and contribute to the sketchnoting community.

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

The Coconut Cream Pie piece which is featured in the book is a recipe you might see in a video game, which is why you see things like "Item Level," "Statistics," and "Buy from food vendor." It was inspired while playing Final Fantasy XXIV, and I mixed in some World of Warcraft in the recipe too!

 

We thank you Marichiel for sharing with us.

You can find more about her and her works on:

Website: http://inanutshellstudio.com

Tuesday
Oct282014

Travel Sketchnotes: Eva Lotta Lamm

 

If you are one of the Eva's followers you already know she took a 1 year sabbatical to travel the World.

 

 

 

Clearing out stuff, finding some illustrated maps I did years ago. Better go and check in person if I got them right

 

 

— Eva-Lotta Lamm (@evalottchen) September 11, 2014

 

You can see her travel plan on the first post of her travellog.

Fortunately for us, she didn't put her sketchnoting activity on hiatus and she is creating a series of wolderful sketchnotes to document her journey.

So, make yourself comfortable and take a look at her Sketchnotes. You can find here a slideshow of her dedicated Flickr set.

You can also find them on her blog Secrets From The Road

Lots of inspiration in these Sketchnotes: besides the travel narration that by the way is awesome, we can spot a great series of features such as hierarchy, lettering, shading and color that contribute to her sketchnote storytelling.

Thank you very much Eva-Lotta for sharing with the world.

- Mauro

 

 

Sketchnoting Travel Experience is extensively covered in Chapter 6 of
The Sketchnote Workbook


You can grab your copy here

 

Monday
Oct272014

Sketchnote as an essential component of learning: Dana Ladenburger

 

Here is Dana's sketchnote about his "learning project".

She write:

My co-teacher, @MrBillySpicer, brought sketchnotes to my attention last school year. I stumbled my way through, trying to incorporate this amazing opportunity to think visually with my 5th grade students. This year, I am on a mission to make sketchnoting an essential component of our learning. The first week of school, we established our classroom norms in figuring out our values and our unique approach to learning. "SpiceBurger" is a blend of our two last names to create an environment in our classroom that thrives on making mistakes and cultivating our passions for learning. While students presented their reflections on norms, I made a giant sketchnote to represent their ideas. It is now hanging prominently in our classroom to set the stage for our days and months together. 

This is an amazing project!

Keek us posted Dana, we will be very pleased to follow your project.

- Mauro 

 

 

Friday
Oct242014

First Sketchnotes: Sebastiana Magnotti

 

Here is Sebastiana Magnotti's first steps with sketchnote.

She write:

These are some of my first sketchnotes! Going back to school for an MBA and I was really bored with my old way of taking notes. This is soooo much more fun and helps me learn the concepts better!

Thanks for sharing with us Sebastiana, keep sketchnoting!

 

- Mauro

Thursday
Oct232014

The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Francis Rowland

Today's guest is Francis Rowland

Francis's bio on Twitter say:

UX designer @emblebi; sketchnoter, aikidoka, family guy. Co-organiser of @camusability. Science, scones and data visualisation.

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

I think it was around 2009 or 2010, and I was already doodling in the notes I took at talks and in workshops. I was at a conference in London, though, where I happened to sit next to Eva-Lotta Lamm, and I was astounded by what she was doing. That really inspired me to try harder and do more, and from there it grew.

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

I use sketching a lot in my work as a UX designer, and simply the practice of regularly doing lots of sketchnoting has fed back into that in terms of fluidity and speed. Sketchnoting itself means that I really engage with what I'm hearing, and try to capture it, and to process it, too - I genuinely use my sketchnotes, so they have real value to me. Beyond that, though, I am invited to conferences and other events, both home and abroad, to make sketchnotes or to talk about making them. It's a privilege to go to new places, meet people, and learn from them. And hey, I've made lots of new friends, too!

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Always analogical. I like the feedback from the pens I use, and knowing which ones are going to work best. I like good quality paper. I like having tangible artifacts of the things I've made sketchnotes for, so that I can flick back through them and find things that I want to refer to. And I don't own a tablet device, so...

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

OK, something apart from "practice your handwriting"?! Well, for me, sketchnotes are about capturing, processing and sharing information, and I think it's worth aiming to be good at that, even before worrying about drawing and lettering - I'm not sure that qualifies as a secret tip but there you have it! The best sketchnotes I see are ones that I can read like a concentrated summary with pictures. So get feedback on your notes, and study other people's. Did you understand correctly? Are you communicating information well? Are they? Do you understand it? Do other people? Any critique you can get will help you refine what you do.

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

I think the subjects will change and expand, and I suspect there will be a lot more digital sketchnotes. There are some areas where there has been a LOT of sketchnoting and maybe people are going to get a little tired of it there, and we may see less of it. Conversely, though, there are areas where it is new and exciting, and those will bubble up in what people share online.

 

We thank you Francis for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:

Website: http://francisrowland.flavors.me/

 

 

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