Part 2: Sketchnoter Types and Page Size

Where do you fall on the spectrum of sketchnoting above?

  • Under-capture: You feel like you don’t write or draw enough. You might feel left behind or rushed. You consistently have trouble filling pages.
  • Balanced Capture: You feel like you can write and draw enough to fill a canvas without much issue.
  • Over-capture: You write and draw too much. You often feel rushed because you’re so busy trying to capture it all.

If you find yourself in the under- or over-capturing areas, there’s hope for you!

Think back to your school days and think about your notetaking habits. Were you a ferocious notetaker, hoping to capture every detail so you’d be prepared for tests? Or did you mostly enjoy listening and watching, only writing a few things down? How much you write and draw is often a natural habit that has carried over from school days… and it’s hard to change.

Instead of changing your natural writing/drawing pace, instead focus on this one factor:

Your Paper size!

 

Under-capturers:

If you under-capture, get your default sketchbook out. What size it is? Try going down few sizes or using a different type altogether. If you under-capture, you should try small sketchbooks and see how it goes! Filling a page will feel more doable, your confidence will grow, and you’ll likely have more fun. I personally like these Moleskine pocket sketchbooks

Over-capturers:

You don’t necessarily have to change your personal capturing style just because you run out of room…. just find ways to make more room for yourself! If you over-capture, get your default sketchbook out. What size it is? If you’re using a pocket notebook or a sketchbook that’s about a half-sheet of standard letter or a4 paper… what’s stopping you from going larger? Have you considered a full-size sketchbook? If you are already using the largest paper size available… have you thought about graphic recording or larger paper or foam board? Or switching to a tablet program with an infinite canvas? Make your canvas work for you!

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