DAY 4/ The practice 100 days, you’ll suck less Challenge

Let’s go! 

Yesterday we were on the Creazee 100 ideas challenge. Today, I’ll be tackling another challenge that also contains the number 100 in it. A proposal grasped from Austin Kleon, and the principle, as you’ll see,is relatively simple, not to say childish. Here is what it says: 

Practice 100 days, you’ll suck less. 

That speaks for itself. 

My challenge is about the so-called visualization techniques, better known as sketchnoting. 

I have been using them for more than ten years now (I didn’t count to the day, but you can take my word for it) in my professional activities as a facilitator and trainer in intercultural exchanges. 

Sketchnoting has been very trendy for a few years now, and I doubt these lines’ readers do not know it. But just in case, let me tell you about it in a few words.

Basically, it’s a note-taking method that combines “visual language” with words to form a third language whose leading quality is to be very efficient for explaining an idea, describing a process, or simply telling a story.

Nowadays, sketchnoting is used in many fields of activity, whether in teaching, among teachers or students. The business world has also adopted it. The right image at the right moment can sometimes drastically simplify problems clouded by the inflation of too much corporate blah blah blahs. 

For those who want to learn more about it, I can only recommend you Mike Rohde, Dan Roam (who is one of my favorites), and of course Doug Neil, among so many others.  

In two weeks, I will be conducting online training. It will be my first time using a digital whiteboard online, thanks to the pandemic. Therefore I want : 

– To prepare me as well as possible for this training. 

– To gain in fluidity 

– Expand my visual reference library.

– Suck less. 

How do I proceed? 

I sit in front of my computer with an iPad. I choose a theme, mostly random. Today I decided on “writing” because it fitted so well with the CREAZEE challenge. I typed “writing” followed by the word “vector” on my search engine to bring up vectorized images related to the theme. 

I set a 25-minute Pomodoro, and off I go. I draw all the images that come up, without overthinking, at a reasonably fast pace, trying to look at the model as briefly as possible. My purpose is to train my visual memory.

I never erase lines, and I don’t go back on any of my drawings. If it’s rotten, well, that’s the way it is. The idea is not to produce a work of art, but to signify with a few strokes an idea that can be understood universally or in a particular context. 

For my visual library, I will probably add these to my collection.

I have been doing this for 27 days now. I feel like I have gained some fluidity.  Hold on. I’ll let you know in about 73 days where I’m at.