Alternatively, the live sketching can take place on a tablet computer, which is then projected onto a screen for the audience. This can have a nice "wow" effect, but should be used sparingly—you don't want the sketch to become the main event and steal the spotlight away from your presenter.
Sometimes the artist may make small sketchnotes on an A4 notepad, and scan or photograph them at the end of the session. These can be shared instantly on Twitter, to add to
your event's digital back channel.
2. How does it work?
A graphic artist listens, processes, and captures content in real time. So when you engage me to sketch your conference, workshop, or other event, I'll show up without having seen the content that's being presented. I'll take visual notes, combining key phrases with illustration, to give attendees an alternative way to consume the content. It's also a great takeaway after the event is over—photograph the illustration, send
it out on social media, and relive the moment in a more fun, colourful format than traditional written notes.
1. Why include live sketching at an event?
Having a graphic artist present can fundamentally change the dynamic of an event. We bring an extra dimension to the event—especially if it's a meeting or workshop. We'll capture quotes from people in the room, and those people often comment that they enjoy feeling validated. It can also help a discussion stay on track. Ever ran a meeting when Bob from Accounting raised the
issue of payroll processing multiple times? Live sketching solves that problem: Bob's issue is documented once, and if he tries to raise it again, you can point to the place on the canvas where it's been captured and assure him that he's been heard.
If you think you'd like to try including a graphic artist at your next conference, workshop, or board meeting, get in touch!