It's time friends. I've wanted to do a media make on SketchNoting since the class started, but kept putting it off. Why you ask? We've talked about the fears that come with posting media content for the public to feast on. Mine include:
Where to Start?
This lead me to discover Laura Wheeler, and her extremely helpful blog post about SketchNoting and how to begin the wonderful and creative journey, found here. I knew I wanted to SketchNote this particular article because it was divided beautifully into subcategories and provided a lot of room for creativity. The materials I acquired for this process included:
Before I reflect on my process, I want to make sure I mention my professor, Helen Dewaard, in both my interest and desire to try SketchNoting. During our fourth week together, she posted a SketchNote she had made on our class blog entitled, Tips to Integrate Media Literacy into the Classroom, which peaked my interest. When asked, she provided me with valuable information about SketchNoting and even brought in her sketchbooks for me to look at. Flipping through her creations ignited my excitement to try my own hand at the art.
Outside of my comfort zone is where I find my most cherished moments, friendships, experiences, and accomplishments. Outside of my comfort zone is uncomfortably rewarding.
The second thing this process taught me is to work with what you have. I created this sketch at the library, and I knew I wanted to create a timelapse of it, so I had to get horribly, and awkwardly creative. After fumbling around (for what felt like forever), I innovated a stand for my iPhone to lay so I was able to record the process. This was obviously not my ideal filming scenario, but it forced me to think outside the box in order to make my vision work.
This leads me to my final reflective piece, to let go of the desire to be perfect and just go for it. Before the pen hit the page, there were many questions swirling around my mind, "Where do I start?," "What should I put where?," "What colours should I use for each section?," only to name a few. For someone who likes things organized and orderly, this task seemed daunting. However, once I started, things simply fell into place, and the final creation surprised me. Just like life, SketchNoting is a journey, and you always seem to reach your destination, no matter how much planning, contemplating, and dwelling you do.