From a German point of view, the World Cup was not ideal. But that did not stop me from sketchnoting at least the first three games this time. You’ll remember that I did that too in the last European Championship. At that time, I approached it quite differently, both from a technical point of view (drawn analogously on paper) and in terms of content.
Since I always emphasize that you can use sketchnotes for everything, I would like to use this opportunity to show how I go about it.
Last week I was invited to speak at Berlins Creative Morning. If you don’t know the format, it’s a lovely little series founded by Tina Roth Eisenberg in New York. The chapters take part all over the world, you can go there for free, chat a little, have a coffee and some inspiration and then go to work. In Berlin the lovely team from Monotype and Jürgen Siebert are organizing this event for quite some time now. I’m a frequent guest, but was also one of the speakers of the early Creative Mornings (if you are interested, you can watch the video here: The German B).
You seemed to like my post about how to draw easter bunnies, so I thought why not adding another one about fishes. It is the same principle: take a geometric shape for the body like square, circle or oval. Add eyes, mouth and flappers — and build a fish.
Create a toolbox
The flappers can look really differently, heart-shaped, triangles, round or with corners. You can add patterns if you like but you don’t have to. It will be recognized as fishes anyways.
You can easily build new fishes from that toolbox.
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Yesterday I was drawing with my kids and since it is Easter this week we decided to draw Easter bunnies. I noticed that – like everything – you can draw bunnies very easily. It’s the same principle that applies to symbols in sketchnotes: everything can be drawn out of simple shapes.
Lots of possibilities
To draw bunnies you just need a basic shape for the body. That can be an organic shape or a square or two ovals together. What you need to make it a rabbit is: ears, a triangle nose and eyes. If you want you can add a tail or teeth but that is not necessary.
From here you have tons of variations to chose from: Different ears look like (big, small, pointy, round …), where are they placed on the head, how does the eyes look like, how to feet and arms look like etc.
The easiest thing is to draw the rabbit from the front, looking directly at you. But you can also move it a little, make it jump or draw it from the side.
You’ll probably spend some time with your family over Easter I guess. Good! Perfect to practice a little. Take some kids, pens (BTW I love those ones from Stabilo – Affiliate), paper and draw as many bunnies as you like!
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Recently, I have come across a couple of exciting discussions around diversity in visualizations in my social media channels. One of those focused on how best to represent national diversity without resorting to stereotypes.
The proposals ranged from simple ones that suggested coloring figures differently to marking them with flags to visualize their origin.
Zum Thema #Vielfalt habe ich mal das gemacht. Bezieht sich aber nicht spezifisch auf Migranten. Ist eigentlich auf alle Gruppen anwendbar. Wenn man keine Stereotypen schaffen möchte, muss man entweder eine abstrakte Darstellungsweise wählen oder eben präzise und vielfältig. pic.twitter.com/Mgqr66FhGQ
A while ago I saw Eva Lotta Lamm doodling some funny illustrations that reminded me of the Kaleidoskop that I loved so much back when I was a child. You can find them in her Flickr Stream. Then I got myself an iPad Pro for digitale Sketchnotes and finally I tried it! And what can I say – what a lovely time killer it is!
It is the perfect app if you just want to doodle and calm down a little. It’s surprisingly relaxing to just see where your lines go. I didn’t find anything useful to do with it yet but it is so much fun to just start and see where it leads to. I’m not a very good three dimensional thinker so I’m having a hard time to get where Eva Lotta gets with her illustrations but it is so very much relaxing to just doodle!
This week I stumbled upon two posts about pencils and oh … they are so wonderful to look at! On is this one from the New York Times: Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories and oh, it’s so wonderful! Did I mentioned that I love pencils?
January 11 is World Sketchnote Day. Yes, there is a Sketchnote Day. Mike Rohde (Author of the Sketchnote Handbook) and Mauro Toselli created that day a few years ago. It’s about empowering people to sketchnote and united the community for a day. What you do is up to you, sometimes there is a topic to deal with or just some meetups. Read More
As I can’t stress enough to mention, you can use sketchnotes to visualize basically everything. I always wanted to use it for a song, so this year I decided to sketchnote a christmas song. I wanted to sketch one of the not so boring ones like Silent Night (Sorry!) and so I ended up sketching Jingle Bells. That was actually quite an interesting thing to do because I really learned a lot about it. Like: It was not intendend to be a christmas song in first place but more of a sleigh race song. And if you listen to the lyrics you see, there is not much mention of christmas or holidays in it. It is more about sleigh crashs and picking up girls. Funny thing though: People barely ever sing the other three verses.