I'm a note taker, if you've read my blog for very long this is not a new fact to learn about me: example 1, example 2, example 3, and of course the scripture journals. This is what my notes look like, a fury of jumbled things there and there. I occasionally look back at my notes, but not very often. I take them so that I remember them better, but really I don't after a few months, or even weeks for that matter. I've tried adding a few of them to my simple testimony blog, but I eventually toss the note book away.
I researched the author and found out more about what he was teaching and decided to take the plunge and by the book. It was the end of my birthday week so why not, right?
I think I might has let out a little squeal when it finally arrived and I poured through the pages absorbing and having a million little light bulbs go off in my mind. Why hadn't I thought of this before?
This technique that Mike Rohdes is teaching is not just about doodling while you take notes. It's about more attentive listening, letting go of trying to write down everything and focus on what is most important.
I practiced with a talk that he has as part of the dvd presentation. It's much harder than I anticipated. I had to listen to the talk twice to finish this simple sketchnote, but guess what I loved it and realized I would never take traditional notes again. He provides some amazing examples from other sketchnote artists who design wonderful examples of from simple to detailed. Mike has even set up a site called "Sketchnote Army" that features different people and their work. One featured person as a high school history professor and featured some of his students work. This is definitely something I'm going to teach my little man who is a visual learner and my analytical guy keeps pouring over the things I'm creating.
One of the things in the book that each of the artist talked about the pen they use while sketchbooking and of course having pen fetish I had to try each of them out as I was practicing. I had just received Whitney's latest letter and had Italy on my mind as I was trying out the different pens.
All of them were lovely, I did find that I preferred the smaller barrels. I had better control over what I was drawing. I have always been partial to the uniball brand, just love the way it glides. The Pilot G-TEC-C4 was tiny and I was surprised how much I liked it. I preferred the mirco pens best. It has been a fun experiment. I added the shadows with a faber castell Pitt pen. You can find my first pen review here.
My notes from my lesson on Sunday. It makes me happy. I listened to the audio while I took these notes on "Chapter 10: Come into the Temples" and it offered a different perspective and thoughts as I prepared. As you can see my drawing skills are limited, but I'm excited to practice. I plan on adding these to Simple Testimony as I generally read/listen to a conference talk everyday.
I'm adding the other drawing pages just for documentation purposes. The ideas where based on things I learned and was trying to recreate. I can still hear my 7th grade art teacher's criticism (that's a story for another day) as I draw and just practice. I love practicing!
PS. I despise this sketchbook! However I am going to fill it up before I start a new one. The spiral makes me crazy, maybe it's a left handed thing. All the pens dried quickly so no smudging, which if you are a leftie you understand.
One bad thing about inking directly is that if I misspell something it's stuck, but at this point in my life I'm not overly concerned. There are more important things to fret about.