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Sketchnoting

Your mission:

If you love to draw, this is the mission for you! Create a visual record of what happened on the walk. You can create a comic strip/graphic novel-style report; a handwritten report with some illustrations; a set of illustrations with captions; or whatever works best for you. Use your own style, and be creative! If you’re new to sketchnoting, here are some pointers:

What should I draw and write down?

Anything that catches your eye, and anything interesting that you hear! Some ideas:

•   The Walk Leader, and speakers on the walk.

•   Things people say that you and others laugh at.

•   Details of buildings, trees, signs, public art, etc., that are pointed out by the walk leader and others.

•   T-shirts or buttons that people on the walk are wearing, or other interesting articles of clothing.

•   Are there dogs on the walk? Children? People walking bicycles? Draw them!

•   Graffiti, posters, sidewalk chalkboard signs.

•   Something you see that surprises you.

•   Something that you think is really beautiful or weird.

•   Something that is new, or that has changed recently

•   Something that has been here forever.

The walk moves fast, and it’s hard to walk and draw at the same time! How do I keep up?

You don’t have to draw everything on the fly!

•   Write down keywords, make symbols, or draw quick outlines instead of writing or drawing the whole thing. You can add more details later.

•   Take photos on your phone of things that go by too quickly to draw. You can draw them later and use the photos as reference.

•   Leave lots of space as you’re drawing. You can fill it in later with surrounding details, things you didn’t have time to draw, etc. When you’re sketching on the walk, just focus on what’s in front of you.

•   Write down funny and interesting things you hear people say; include quotes in your sketchnotes.

•   Draw in pencil first, so you can make changes, and ink your drawings in pen later.

How can I make my sketchnote report clear and easy to read?

•   Use colour to highlight key things -- you don’t have to colour everything in.

•   Leave some “breathing room” around your drawings and text.

•   If you like, you can cut up and rearrange your drawings and text to make your sketchnote report flow better, look better, or make more sense.

How should I submit my sketchnotes, and where?

You’ll need access to a good scanner. If you don’t own one, try to use one at a school, copy shop or library.

Make a high-resolution scan of your sketchnotes and send the images to the walk leader and city organizer. Talk with them beforehand to find out how they’d like you to submit your images (they might prefer that you use a file-sharing service such as Dropbox).

Please also send your image files to the Jane’s Walk Project Office via stories@janeswalk.org! We love getting reports from walks around the world, and sharing them on our blog, social media feeds, and in the Jane’s Walk Annual, our yearly compilation of global walk stories.

Sketchnoting Examples and Inspiration

Toronto blogger Sacha Chua has written a lot about sketchnoting

Sarah Lazarovic covers the Toronto International Film Festival for Macleans

Travel Sketchnote Tips & Tricks from Size 43 Creative

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Guide prepared by Aisha Syed and Nadia Halim, with thanks to Barbara Eguchi, Marie-Judith Jean-Louis, Lichia Liu, Rebecca Nelson. This guide was produced by the Jane’s Walk Project Office. For more information about Jane’s Walk, or to find a walk near you, visit janeswalk.org. You can contact us at info@janeswalk.org.