Colouring Inside the Lines

Posted on April 7, 2013

Alexis Finch shares the intrinsic detail in the mind of a sketchnote artist.

I’ve struggled with this delicate balance: this decision that, because I love something, it is worth the time expended, that it is not wasted effort or a foolhardy selfishness. My process of sketchnoting — the visual recording of complex topics through words, images and metaphors — is a case study in seeking balance. Here’s the baseline fact: no matter how fast I can draw, recording a talk will still take at least the length of the talk. That is the simple, unequivocal truth. Unless the speakers speak less, I still have that chunk of time spent listening. Speed can only be found beyond the length of the talk itself.

Alexis Finch studied at the University of Chicago and DePaul University.

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