Scott Torrance was featured earlier on Sketchnote Army with his Austin Kleon sketchnotes — he's sent over a nice description of his journey to sketchnoting in this article. Here's Scott, sharing his experience, with images:
My First Sketchnote- Unleashing My Dormant Creativity
My first sketchnote came about after the fact. By this I mean that I had attended a conference called ScotSoft13 in Edinburgh and had taken my notes in the traditional uninspiring manner:
Following the event I typed up my notes on my blog that evening in an equally uninspiring manner.
I have always doodled in notebooks and explored with note taking methods such as mind mapping. It wasn’t until I came across the work of The Graphic Recorder via Milo McLaughlin’s website Clear-Minded Creative the day after the event that I (re)discovered the wonderful world of Sketchnoting.
It unleashed my dormant creativity!
There is something in sketchnotes that really resonates with something deep inside me. It taps into the joy I felt when drawing as a young boy, a feeling that has been missing for a long time.
I polished it up a little using Camscanner (I’ve not yet ventured into Adobe world yet)
A marked increase in traffic and interest
It would appear that it also resonates with people out there as well.
When I re-published my notes from the event in the form of a sketchnote on my blog more than three times as many people viewed my sketchnote on the talk than the traditional long-form text notes.
Following the initial post on my blog, The Amor Group added a little colour to the doodle and published it on their blog.
I doodled this sketchnote before I read The Sketchnote Handbook, since then I have devoured the book and am honing my skills at every opportunity.