Sketchnote Tip #4: Disconnected Drawings

Disconnected Drawings

Sketchnoting can be the perfectionist’s nightmare. Perfectionists often take a long time to draw things to make them “just right,” which often leads to feeling rushed and behind.

If this sounds like you and you’re looking for a way to draw faster and get some pressure off, I’d like to introduce you to Disconnected Drawings! This concept was taught to me by Terry LaBan of Breakthrough Visuals.

Disconnected Drawings are drawings that are more flowy and loose, and the connection points where lines come together are left “open” or undrawn. Notice the green highlights in the drawings vs. their “connected” counterparts. This technique allows the drawer to work fast and it allows the viewer’s imagination to fill in the blanks, which everyone is perfectly capable of doing!

Remember my drawing mantra “Recognizable over realistic.”It means your drawing should be recognizable as the thing, not perfect. Can people tell it’s a horse, trophy, person, etc.? If yes, then your drawing is good enough! Disconnected Drawings can help you achieve “recognizable” quickly!