Sketching : from brain to hand

It has been a long time since I last sketched or paid attention to the visual outcome of my notes. Needless to say, I love that activity.

I much like the talk on the topic, given by Sunni Brown at TED: “Doodlers, unite!”. Doodling is seen now as a valuing activity for focus, memory and ideation process.

That are good news. Of course, when sketching properly, you are not “doodling”, the focus is sharp and the attention has to be kept in order to combine both the mental process of the event/person being witnessed and the manual ability for the sketching part.

Drawing has always fastinated me. Sketching feels even better. It is fresh, on the go and filled with good ideas.

For this exercise, I picked up my lost box of pens and markers and gave a good try at them before. Then, I focused on the talk by Margaret Gould Stewart : How Giant Websites Design For You.

First Sketch : not satisfactory

The first sketch was not satisfactory, it was a technique trial both from the perspective of combining note-taking with visuals, as well as working with a pen I didn’t feel really. Conclusion: second sketch for improvement.

Second Sketch: Good enough

This second sketch has some parts for improvement: use of negative space, kerning in typography, too many decorative elements and text-box margins.

However, I am satisfied with the result. I went for blue and orange as they are colors I naturally use for my notes.

The more comfortable you feel with your tools, the best work you can do.

Finally, I set it to B/W by desaturating the sketch. Of course, it doesn’t work as effectively as the precedent sketch. At least, I gave it a try.

B/W version of the sketch
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