Here’s what my sketchnotes looked like when I first picked up Paper from @FiftyThree, tow years ago.
Here’s what I’m doodling these days
I’m sharing this for two reasons:
- To show that anyone can learn to draw. When I run a sketchnote workshop a number of people will say to me, “You can sketchnote because you can draw.” Well, that’s true, but it is a learned skill. The most liberating thing I did was to start posting my drawings on social media. I had to get rid of a vicious internal editor, you know, that voice that says, “You’re not good enough,” “She’s better than you.” It wasn’t until I trashed that troll that I could start to get better at drawing.
- To show the value of keeping a journal of some sort. I have a shelf of paper journals and diaries (I currently carry two everywhere, one for logging my day and one thinking) and a growing collection of material archived on the web, such as the Simple Diary of My Days, my Wunderkammern and, for my sketchnotes, my Pinterest board. The timescale of day-to-day is too short to see changes that come incrementally, like skill development. So it’s satisfying to open a diary, analog or digital, and see that maybe I’m not great but I am certainly better than I was two years ago. A diary is good insurance against being too hard on ourselves.
Oh, and if you were wondering how to draw mechanically speaking, get a copy of Mike Rohde’s, Sketchnote Handbook, Even without my troll I still certainly needed some instruction and Rohde’s book was the one I found most useful. I return to it often.