Master the essentials: Composition

Master the essentials: Composition

As a graphic recorder or facilitator you may feel that you're always stuck in the same icons. "Iconitis" is official the name of this disease. Symptoms are repetition, boredom and drawings look like a pile of little scribbles that have been swept together. Where's the connection? And is it even readable?! You may be feeling there's more to it all. And yes, there is!

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Master the essentials: Perspective drawing

Master the essentials: Perspective drawing

Some time ago I was scribing live at a series of presentations on the subject of data centers. It was obviously a lot about servers, computers and big spaces. Those things are basically boxes. And you can see this reflected in the drawing. There are boxes in all sizes and positions. Drawing a box in perspective or 3D provides an extra quality, very different from a plain 2D drawing. Consciously choosing the position of the box, so determining if you'll be looking at it from a "frog perspective" or "bird's-eye perspective" (what's in a name) can support your story.

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Master the essentials: color

Master the essentials: color

Color: we love it and hate it. It can help you achieve wonderful things. But you can also ruin your whole piece. That's probably the reason many live renderers mainly use mostly black, gray and one supporting color. Then at least it looks OK. It's safe. But "safe" has never been a way to learn. To learn, you must occasionally hit your nose. Knowing what your options are helps a bunch.

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