Sunday, April 17, 2011

Illustration Friday: Journey, visual note taking

I have read a lot lately about how the internet is rewiring our brains. There is fear or delight that we now consume information like butterflies: flitting from one nugget of info to the next without really going deeply into anything. The ones who are fearful lament how few take the time to journey through an entire book anymore.

While it does get harder with the demands of being a stay-at-home-mom who is homeschooling, I do still enjoy the journey through a whole book. (but I like being an information butterfly too.)

I've also been introduced to the concept of visual note taking, and thought I would give it a go for my notes on my most recent read In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise by George Prochnik.

So here is my first attempt at visual notes, and I've learned a few things. Like there is a skill to visual outlining that I don't have yet. The elements of composition such as size and contrast apply sort of like the Roman numerals and alphabet of written outlines. I made some of my images too big in comparison to the importance in the text. It is a very different form of illustration.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Just a little exploration of Sketchbook Pro on my iPad. I'm still trying to learn it since it is very different from working with Photoshop which is what I'm used to.

Illustration Friday: Duet

The IF prompt a week ago was "Duet." I started working on this while the kids were at choir practice last week, but didn't manage to finish it until choir practice this week. This was done on my iPad with Sketchbook Pro.