The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Chris Shipton

Today's guest is Chris Shipton

Chris's bio on Twitter say:

Cartoonist, Graphic Facilitator, draws stuff.. live!

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

I was introduced to 'visualisation' as used by ad agencies and the like by an old art college friend. Once I glimpsed this world I had to know more. I then discovered Graphic Recording and by extension Sketchnoting (not least via Sketchnote army).

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

Well I quit the day job and now do it full time, so in a pretty significantly major way. Now I go to events all over the UK & Europe drawing stuff. I have to pinch myself from time to time to check its really happening.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Analogue. And it's not for lack of trying - I had a PC tablet with W8 developer preview to try out drawing. It was OK. I have tried every ipad app. I use a Wacom in my day to day for artworking. But if I need to actually draw something, nothing beats a pen and paper. Or even a 2b and paper.

4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

You don't have to get everything. It's impossible to get everything. Just get the stuff that makes sense to you. No one can hear and process everything that's said at a live event. Your head would explode.

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

I think the more the merrier when it comes to sketchnoting and the processes behind it. I always did it - I just didn't realise I was. It's catching on and business and academia are waking up to visualisation in all its forms...

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

The Sketchnote Workbook and the Handbook are great resources for getting into Sketchnoting. Mike has done an amazing job pulling this nascent form of creativity together. A legend.

We thank you Chris for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:


First Sketchnotes: Samantha Hosea

Sketchnoting in Reverse: Derek Graham