In the last lesson, you learned some improvisation rules to keep in mind. As you read these short lessons, try making a symbol for each of the key points. You can see some of mine embedded in this post. Once again, try this process to continue to build your vocabulary.
- Read the article.
- Highlight key words from the article.
- Create an image that reflects the key points.
- Try for one small image for each of the points.
- Use some kind of “fancy” connector for those points that seem to be closely related to each other.
- Make note of the images that you created that you can use in other places.
Now let’s talk about the practical part of getting your mind right. This is a beginning list. What’s exciting about this class is that the officialness of the practice of Sketchnoting is so new that no one has written the rules down. That means you are free to write the book, to move beyond the confines of rules defined by others.
Here are five to get your started.
1. Draw over and through. Redo your pen line if you don’t like the first one but do it immediately. You will then also see your path toward that image. Free your hand to continuously improve. And move on. Always move on.
2. Use a pen. As a way to accept your own burgeoning Sketchnoting skill, try Sketchnoting with a pen rather than a pencil. A pen forces you to move forward. Pencils, and erasers, allow for a lot more editing, moving you out of the moment and into the world of perfection.
3. Don’t be fussy. Sketchnoting is thinking made visual and thinking is messy. Sketchnoting is also innovation, not process improvement. Push yourself to record new images, new metaphors. Repeat after me, “don’t be fussy.”
4. Draw at a civilized walking speed. Don’t get in too much of a hurry when you Sketchnote. While you don’t have time to capture every detail, you do have time to capture what’s important to you. Most speakers spend a lot of time explaining what they mean by . . . . Use the time you are given. And pictures are faster than words. You only need one for each 1000, remember?
5. Do whatever you can to set up your environment. Come early to get a good seat for sketchnoting. You can use the extra time like Mike Rohde does, to put a fancy title on the page. After all, you already know that. But that’s all you know, remember paying attention over preparation.