The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Claire Holgate

Todays guest is Claire Holgate

Claire's bio on Twitter say:

Doodler, illustrator & cheerful generator-of-ideas. Graphic Recorder. #todaysdoodle-r. Blogger and geeky Wordpress fan. Mummy and daydreamer...

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

I've always doodled, flowers mostly... But in 2011 I discovered graphic recording and sketchnotes as a 'thing', did some training and started practising myself. I started in a small way, keeping a journal with me at all times and I drew my days, my thoughts, my shopping lists..... I suddenly had these amazing visual records to look back on - the visuals act as a brilliant memory jogger. I went freelance in October 2012 as a graphic recorder and an illustrator and have been enjoying the sketching ever since.

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

I find that drawing out my ideas helps to organise the information better and is far more visually engaging than plain text. I loved how drawing in this way improved my memory, my concentration and mostly supercharged my creativity. My listening skills are better than ever and I found that this extended into my everyday life... I notice more with my ears and my eyes - truly a gift, for which I am grateful every day.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Right now, I am a paper girl. I do drool over the smooth, graduated neatness of an iPad-drawn sketchnote but for me, I love the low-fi feeling of pen or pencil on paper. Having said that, I do scan most of my illustrations and tidy them up digitally. So I guess that makes me somewhere in between the two?!

4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

A lot of my drawings are large scale and so I often find it tricky squeezing in all of the detail I want in a sketchnote. My tip is to stay calm, listen carefully and have faith that the information you capture is the perfect amount. After all, it is YOUR work and a visual record of what YOU heard.

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

I spend a lot of time encouraging others to grab a pen and just try it. I hope that more and more people will discover the benefits of drawing out their ideas. Now that sketchnoting is getting more coverage and the benefits are more widely understood, I hope that it will filter into the education system, so that people don't get to their teenage years, put down the pencils and crayons and start saying 'I can't draw'. Because as we know, everyone CAN draw.

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

I've long been a fan of Mike's work and his awesome Workbook is no exception. He has pulled together some great, inspiring works and I always find it fascinating to see everyone's different styles... There is no right or wrong, only encouragement. As always, there is much to learn and I can't wait to try out some of the tips and tricks myself. Thanks Mike!

We thank you Claire for sharing with us.

You can find more about her and her works on:


Bay Bridge Lights sketchnote: Deb Aoki

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