Sketching: Putting it together

Summary

One of the hardest aspects of this practice is putting it into practice. Take the elements you've learned so far and apply them methodically. Start with a frame (or visual metaphor), pre-sketch the outline, then fill it in with your notes.

Gather all the elements you've learned

In the modules section, we learned three concepts:

  1. Visual alphabet to build your icon library
  2. Framing your ideas and organizing the story
  3. Handlettering techniques

Each of these elements combine together to create a visual sketch of your ideas.

Add a visual metaphor or frames into your sketch

Use a basic framework or metaphor as your go-to in the near-term. Simply bucketing your page into sections helps create organization. From there, you can fill in your content, notes, and sketches. As you progress in your journey, this will come to you naturally and you'll be able to create dynamic sketches on the fly.


Practice, practice, and practice more

The best way to build this practice is to just do it and continue to do it until you get better. The first sketch will not come out well but the next one will be a step better and so on.

Further Readings

Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde
The Doodle Handbook by Sunni Brown

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Sketching practice

Series episodes

Sketching your ideas primer
Sketching your ideas primer
Key Topics: Sketching
Key Topics: Sketching
Visual alphabet and your icon library
Visual alphabet and your icon library
Framing your ideas
Framing your ideas
Hand lettering
Hand lettering
Sketching Recap
Sketching Recap
Sketching: Putting it together
Sketching: Putting it together
Sketching practice
Sketching practice
Sketching Resources
Sketching Resources