The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: A.V. Crofts

Today's guest is A.V. Crofts

Anita's bio on Twitter say:

Department Flight Instructor & Associate Director at @UW's @CommLead | Writer with anappetite | Pie Queen | #corduroylove | HSBARS 

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

I first encountered sketchnotes through Jessica Esch, who was featured in Rohde's Sketchnote Handbook and now again in the Sketchnote Workbook. While I had always gravitated to visual representations of ideas, I enjoyed the challenge of capturing a speaker in concise drawing that blended images with words. It made me focus and it made me retain meaning in a new way.

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

To start, sketchnoting put me on a path to experiment more and more with illustration, so that now when I attend a conference, launch a class, or build a slide deck, original visuals I create are now part of how I present in public. It's gratifying to see your own evolution as a sketchnoter--so the lesson of sticking with it is a powerful one. Sketchnoting has made me think about visual representations more deliberately and more creatively. If I am sketching in the moment, the challenge is to capture details at the pace of the speaker. If I am creating sketches for a slide deck, the challenge is to create images that serve my talk. Part of the value of sketchnoting is personal: it helps me be a better listener. Part of the value of sketchnoting is external: it provides me content to share widely.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

When I sketchnote a talk, my Molskine lined reporter's notebook is my medium of choice, paired with an Uniball black pen. I like the size and I like the look. I don't have to worry about battery life with either of these products! That said, I keep my phone near when I sketch, as it can be a great resource for looking up images as I sketch. When I produce sketches for a slide deck, I use Sketchbook Pro on my tablet and opt to use my fingers to draw, not a stylus. For me it's not an either/or, both have value.

4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Always travel with a back up pen.

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

I teach in a graduate program in communication and the desire for visual communication curriculum is enormous. From data visualization to the rise of social media platforms like Vine, visual tools resonate. The beauty of sketchnoting is the twinning of low and high tech: you can create a sketchnote with a pencil and a cocktail napkin, but then share it in minutes with the world via your digital device. The combination is thrilling and the potential is enormous.

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

My featured sketchnote in the Sketchnote Workbook food section is from my birthday dinner two years ago. Happily, my dining companion that night was a close friend from college who has the most amazing hair. I could draw her curls for hours!

We thank you Anita for sharing with us.

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First Sketchnote: Daniel Michelsanti

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