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Sketchy Ideas #38 - Simple ideas stick
This was one of the biggest mindset shifts I had last year.
Last year I changed how I drew.
In fact, it was the biggest mental shift since I started sketchnoting.
I simplified my style.
Not that I was the most complex, artistic, or realistic sketcher before, but I mentally accepted that simpler drawings were better for sketchnotes. Here are three reasons why.
The viewer adds themself
When details are missing, we create them in our minds.
So the more detailed face, the less the viewer will imagine themselves as that figure. Similarly, a house with fewer details could be their house, the generic car could be any car.
When you add enough details to make it clear what is it, and no more, the mind will add its own.
They encourage participation
The more complicated the image, the fewer people can reproduce it.
So if you want more people to join in with sketchnoting or visual thinking, as I do, then you should show that anyone can do it.
Perhaps that's less of an issue if you are graphic recording.
They're easier and faster
I'm struggling with free time at the moment.
We've had family illnesses (every week it seems!) and I have a lot of reading for a course I'm taking. Keeping things simpler is one way I can keep sketchnoting while this busy period continues.
All this said I don't think everyone should follow my (current) approach.
Imagine Rob Dimeo's sketchnotes without his cartoon figures? Nadine Rossa's without her diverse figures? or Andy McNally without his Kawaii-inspired sketches.
Sketchnotes should be personal.
Reducing things down to their bare essentials removes that personality. It's up to you to find your balance. Good luck.
Sketchnote inspiration - Stealing Like an Artist
Ironically, this sketchnote isn't by Austin Kleon but by someone who was inspired by Austin. I love how they have used the Metaphor of a desk to place their summary points. It reflects the content of the book and Austin talking about his desk.
Prompt: Could you use a metaphor in the layout for your sketchnote?
See you next week
Thanks for hanging out here again.
I've got a couple of slow-burn projects in the works in the background (including my first illustration work for a client!) and I hope I can share some more soon. In the meantime, I'd love your feedback on the newsletter.
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