Creating the Scott Berkun Sketchnote

I love art exhibits where the rough sketches of a painting are framed along side the finished version.  I feel like I get to know the artist through their abandoned ideas and last-minute additions.  Those exhibits fuel my fascination for how things comes to be and who creates them.

This spring, as I was reading Austin Kleon's manifesto Share Your Work and rereading Brené Brown's Gifts of Imperfection, I realized that sharing our processes - along with the miss cues and mistakes - can be very powerful.  Scott Berkun's analysis of the Narrative Bias at this year's WDS reminded me of Austin and Brené's messages.  They have convinced me that we can start to undo our bias towards perfection by showing our work in progress - the stuff that is half-done and half-good.  Through sharing, we normalize real outcomes and help to create a counterbalance to Pinterest-perfect aspirational norms.  

I rarely share my processes/early sketches/drafts.  Even those closest to me usually only see or read the finished product (unless I've asked them to proofread).  But I've been inspired by Scott, Austin and Brené to share my process.  I hope you'll learn more about me through seeing them and be inspired to share your own work.

The Four Stages of a Recent Sketchnote

Stage One - Notes in a Auditorium

I made these notes while sitting in semi-darkness in the Arlene Schnitzer auditorium in Portland - even I have trouble deciphering my handwriting..   

Stage Two - The Rough Draft

This is the first draft of the sketchnote's second page.  You can see the challenges I was having with spacing and layout.  Scott gave a content-rich talk and I really wanted to capture all of the key points.

Stage Three - the Penultimate Draft

I finished this version and then realized that that whole thing was off-grain and I hadn't left enough room to create a border.  So, I scanned it into Pixelmator, made it slightly smaller, brightened it to remove the correction fluid marks etc., straightened it in the frame, printed it off, and then added a border.

Stage Four - Final Version

You can see in this version that the text is (relatively) straight and I've been able to add a border.  For page two, check out the blog post I did of his talk.

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