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Lesson 3, Your visual vocabulary

In Sketchnoting on June 2, 2014 at 8:00 am

Learning to sketchnote is a lot like learning to read. Remember how each new word added to your ability to read more quickly and more deeply? The same is true with sketchnoting. Each image that you add to your symbollary will allow you to sketchnote more proficiently.

Let’s start now building a beginning library. Do not spend more than 30 seconds to a minute creating an image for each word or phrase.

Round 1, Childhood symbols, 5-10 minuteschild drawing

Draw the way you did as a child to represent the following words

  1. House
  2. Mouse
  3. Mouth
  4. Happy
  5. Sad
  6. Flower
  7. Love
  8. Dog
  9. Family
  10. Party

 

Round 2, Adding to your symbollary, 10-20 minutes

Do not spend more than 30 seconds to a minute creating an image for each word or phrase. Move through the entire list. Think about what you drew as a child. Those images are great symbols.umbrella

  1. Move from here to there
  2. Afraid
  3. React
  4. Energy
  5. Melody or Tune
  6. Join
  7. Drop in
  8. Conflict
  9. Flowing water
  10. Conflict
  11. Run away
  12. Cold
  13. Home
  14. Drain
  15. Liquid
  16. Grounded
  17. Welcome
  18. Present
  19. Cycle
  20. Joy

Round 3, Simplify, 20 minutes

After you have drawn a symbol for each word or phrase, go back and look at what parts of your drawing make up the ESSENCE of each symbol. What is the simplest way to represent the concept behind the word? Draw each of your NEW symbols now.bicycle

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