The fabulous Mike Rohde, creator of the word Sketchnotes and author of the Sketchnote Handbook(Affiliate) just published a wonderful Mini-Sketchnote Workshop that covers all the basics you need to know to start sketchnoting.
Last Saturday I attended the International Sketchnote Camp. You read right – there is a Sketchnote camp. I was actually the first gathering of that kind and oh how nerdy it was! In a good way!
The camp was organized in the Barcamp format which is sort of a self-organized conference. That means everyone can suggest a topic and give a session, just step up in the morning, present your topic and find a time-slot.
I arrived a little late because I took an early train from Berlin to Hamburg so I missed that part. But I wasn’t planning on giving a session anyways (I would have loved to but there was simply no time to prepare one. Maybe next time.)
I did it. With big thanks to my mate Felix and a fine minimalistic theme by Elmastudio, sketchnote-love.com is all shiny and new. When I started this project it was meant to be a tiny side-project to showcase some of the sketchnotes I made over the years. It worked and surprisingly people visited the site a lot even though I barely ever updated it.
I started feeling the need to have a more agile page to post new work immediately and write a few posts about visual thinking and drawing from time to time. So a simple WordPress theme was all I needed—just to make this happen and not becoming one of those things I always want to do but never do (like my real website … well well). Of course it is work in progress and there are probably a few typos here and there. If you find one, let me know. I’m gonna add more content in the future.
Sketchnotes are not only perfect for capturing talks on conferences but also to save memories in a visual way—sort of a visual diary. I used it to draw a personal recap of TYPO Berlin 2017 because there is so much more happening between talks on conferences.
Yesterday I went to TheHAUS for the second time. TheHAUS is an old bank that is gonna be demolished soon. Before that over 160 artists were invited to create art pieces in every room. The result is amazingly wonderful and inspiring. It’s gonna be closed on May 31st and all the artworks will be destroyed. There’s a huge queue in front of the building but if you have the chance go there! It’s an incredible experience. There are no photos allowed in the building because the initiators want you to look at the artwork and not to see them through the screen of your phone. So I just drew everything I remembered afterwords which is a very good way to reflect art BTW.
A lot of people think that they cannot draw. They say that they don’t know how to draw or just don’t know where to start. In my sketchnote workshops I correct those participants whenever they say that because I believe that everyone c a n draw, you just need to learn some basics. I’d like to show you two series from the social webs and a few books that help learn drawing and are big fun.
»Sketch a bit« by Eva Lotta Lamm
First one is »Sketch a bit« by Eva Lotta Lamm—the lady who brought me into the field of sketchnoting. A few weeks ago she started sharing little videos on Twitter and Instagram under the hashtag #sketchabit. She shows how to draw simple objects like hands, coffee, newspapers, candles etc.
The other one is the YouTube playlist »How to Draw« Playlist by the English graphic facilitation agency Scriberia. There you can learn how to draw pigs or helicopters, presented in a very charming way!
I’d love to attend one of their workshops some time because I like their work and drawing styles a lot.
I also recommend the lovely books by Ed Emberly—an English children’s book illustrator. He made a few books that show how to draw objects very easily—just by using simple geometrical shapes: Drawing Book of Faces, Make a World & Die kunterbunte Zeichenstunde and lots more. It’s so much fun with kids but also for grown-ups!