In short, win-win-win! Would you like to give it a try? That can be quite overwhelming the first time. Below 9 tips to make it goas smoothly as possible.
1. Speed is key. You can watch some webinars, but it is of course not the intention that you will spend hours extra on this. So challenge yourself to help draw in real time. That takes some getting used to at first, and may even be stressful, but you really get better at it. It might be useful to first practice with something that you can still rewatch, before you get all anxious about missing something;)
2.Prepare. Prepare your materials in advance, so you don’t have to grab anything during the stream.
3. Be minimalistic. Keep the number of materials limited, for example only a black brush pen and fineliner. You can always add colors afterwards, if necessary.
4. Optional: warm up. Find some pictures on the topic of the webinar or course. Try to give it your own twist in a few strokes.
5. Don’t hesitate. During an explanation of “ideas”, does a picture of a light bulb pop up in your head? Don’t waste time wondering if it’s original enough. Function over form: your drawing does not have to be the new Rembrandt. It’s about being recognizable.
6. Summarize. Try to listen to the common thread in the story, instead of every letter. Yes, that means sometimes you have to leave something out, and that’s scary. But it also means that you have more time for a drawing that conveys the story well.
7. Stay calm. Is it going too fast for a moment? Reset. Take a breath. Pick up the story where it is now, instead of trying to catch up on the last 5 minutes. Then you will only fall behind even further. If you have a pause button, use it: have a nice cup of tea and then continue. No pause button and still need all the information? Make written notes, and supplement with illustrations later (note: this will take extra long!).
8. Get to know your pace. By practicing often you know what a feasible pace is for you. Do you have room for some extra details? Or is it better to stay minimalistic? I myself experience major differences in a live interview or Q&A (more text, less illustrations) versus a webinar or master class with a clear red line (more extensive illustrations).
9. Be satisfied. Drawing quickly means making mistakes, making choices. You listened to a talk with extra attention, and that is more than enough to be proud of! You don’t have to redraw endlessly: you’ve completed this task!
Do you sometimes get easily distracted? And is this also a great solution for you? Or do you panic just at the thought? Let me know in the comments!
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