Category Archives: Visual Vocabulary

Pulling Visual Vocabulary From Past Sketchnotes

Pulling Visual Vocabulary From Past Sketchnotes

I recently looked through a number of past sketchnotes in order to pull out individual elements to add to my visual vocabulary. Here’s what I found: See a full gallery of my visual vocabulary on this Pinterest board. ________________________ To get new sketchnotes delivered right to your inbox, sign up for The Verbal To VisualContinue Reading

Developing A Visual Vocabulary On The Topic Of Education

Developing A Visual Vocabulary On The Topic Of Education

Over at Verbal To Visual I recently suggested that folks interested in building their visual vocabulary should focus on one topic at a time. The topic that I’m most interested in is education, so I decided to follow the steps in that blog post to build up a set of icons that I’ll be ableContinue Reading

Prototyping to Increase Your Visual Vocabulary

Prototyping to Increase Your Visual Vocabulary

Real-time sketchnoting still scares me, but I’ve been doing more of it lately.  And I’ve developed a post-live-sketchnoting activity that takes whatever disappointment I feel after a sketchnoting session and turns it into something positive and productive.  Here’s what I do: Step 1: Pick A Concept or Idea Pick a concept or an object thatContinue Reading

Visual Vocabulary: Facial Expressions

Visual Vocabulary: Facial Expressions

  I’ve been reading Scott McCloud‘s great book Making Comics.  One of my favorite discussions revolves around drawing facial expressions, and the idea that ALL human expressions can be produced with varying degrees and combinations of the following six expressions:   I have not yet experimented with combining these expressions to create others, but theContinue Reading

Visual Vocabulary: Ed Emberley Tribute

Visual Vocabulary: Ed Emberley Tribute

For this edition of Visual Vocabulary I have deferred to one of the masters of illustration: Ed Emberley.  The animal sketches below were drawn using the step-by-step approach found in Emberley’s Make A World – a great resource for artists young and old alike.  The sketches below were created with the iPad app Adobe Ideas.Continue Reading

Visual Vocabulary: The Math Classroom Toolbox

Visual Vocabulary: The Math Classroom Toolbox

Visual Vocabulary is back!  And we’re now fully digital (I used the iPad app Adobe Ideas to create the sketches below).  This round I focus on mechanical tools for the math classroom: Paper and Pencil Ruler Graph Paper Protractor Calculator I’ve been thinking a lot this summer about how I want to set up myContinue Reading

Simple Sketches of Tree Leaves of Oregon

Simple Sketches of Tree Leaves of Oregon

I spend of lot of time hiking around different parts of Oregon.  Though I enjoy the nature around me even without knowing the names of what I’m looking at, I decided it would be worthwhile to focus in on the flora of this great state for a week’s worth of Visual Vocabulary.  I am notContinue Reading

Fruit Sketches

Fruit Sketches

The theme of the most recent installment of Visual Vocabulary: Fruit.  Below you will see simple sketches of five of my favorite fruits.  The first and last are my absolute favorites. Apple: Banana: Grapes: Orange: Strawberry: The sketches seen here are part of a project called Visual Vocabulary.  In addition to helping me build myContinue Reading

Footwear Sketches

Footwear Sketches

Two weeks ago I focused my Visual Vocabulary project on the theme of Footwear.  Here’s what I came up with. Sandals: Tennis Shoes: Chacos: Vibram Fivefingers (I love hiking in these!): Barefoot: The sketches seen here are part of a project called Visual Vocabulary.  In addition to helping me build my own visual vocabulary, myContinue Reading