Learning How to Create Sketchnotes

It’s been a while but I finally took some time to learn the basics of creating sketchnotes. I’ve enjoyed the way information can be visually represented and have been inspired by the wonderful works of Carol Ann McGuire and the support that her site EduSketch.org provides.

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I haven’t ever considered myself an artist and certainly thought that drawing was not a talent I could ever develop. However, over the past few years I’ve noticed people pulling up images on the web and then sketching those images either on paper or on a computer. Their results have been amazing, so after a good bit of research and talking to those who have been successful at creating sketch notes I decided to give it a try.

You can really start with any basic drawing app  but after much reading and talking to those “in the know” I decided on Procreate app and the Jot Pro stylus. The Procreate app allows multiple layers, much like Photoshop, and provides an easy way to make simple effects and enhancements to the sketchnote. The thing I like the most is the ability to zoom in on the screen. You will need something like this if you want to include a lot of text on your note. The Jot Pro stylus has great reviews and my needs are very basic but still greater than a stylus with a rubber nib.

Search YouTube for anything related to sketchnotes for ideas and then learn more about the app you have chosen to use to create your sketchnotes.

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