tips for drawing digitally with a Surface Pro

4 Tips for Digital Drawing and Illustration on a Surface Pro 4 and 6

As an artist accustomed to trying and sketching on paper, adapting to a digital format has been a challenge. Though a good fit for my lifestyle because it is also my primary computer, the Surface Pro 4 (and later Surface Pro 6) initially proved a bit of a disadvantage in a market saturated with apps…

Student Tips For Taking Beautiful & Creative Notes During Class

Almost all good speakers- whether professional speaker or classroom instructor- structure their presentation similarly, moving seamlessly, between information and illustrations. They use stories as examples to capture our imaginations and weave them within periods of information presentation. This rhythm of speaking is the space in which beautiful notes have the space to grow. One of the…

How to: Create a Shaded Doodle Note Banner

  In this post I’m going to demonstrate step by step how I create a banner with folds and shading. If you prefer to watch my process sped up, scroll on down to the video at the bottom of this post. For step by step instructions slowed down and broken into bit size pieces- keep…

How to Draw Antler Laurels in 4 Easy Steps

  Problem: Drawing Antlers is Hard I love drawing antlers in my sketch notes to frame a quote or concept but, let’s be real, antlers are really hard to draw freehand. I’ve been trying to intentionally practice sketchnote elements I don’t use often because of previous not-great results- and antlers definitely qualify for that category.…

How to use Bullet Journal Style Doodles to Create Engaging Handouts

Occasionally in my grad school, a professor requires a handout as one of the course assignments. Typically the handout is done as an accompaniment to a research paper or presentation that can be shared with other students in the course. I think making short handouts at the end of a research project is very helpful.…

How to Make your Bullet Journal Look Vintage – With Vintage Cover Downloads

My affection for stationary and shopping for new notebooks and journals is surpassed only by my love for all things classic and vintage. Unfortunately my requirements for a notebook in regards to paper type and binding quality means using authentically vintage journals (which I assume one could find on eBay) isn’t an option. A few…

Turn Heads with a Bullet Journal Style Resume

I’m a doodler, a mind mapper, and a bullet journaler. These three traits are facts that might, might make it onto a bulleted list of “interests” near the end of a standard resume, but I’m far from standard- so when sold my company in 2015 and took the leap into new adventures, these skills took…

How To Draw Bullet Journal & Doodle Note Accents – Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of Doodling Journal Accents I demonstrated how I add light bulbs, blue ribbons, thumbtacks, and spiral bound calendar pages to my notes and journals. In part two, I show my process for doodling lightning bolts, award medals, gears, question marks, and check marks. All helpful accents for bullet journals, visual notes, or…

How To Draw Bullet Journal & Doodle Note Accents – Part 1 of 2

Today I wanted to add a quick tutorial for doodling a few of my favorite bullet journal style accents. I primarily use these in doodle notes in the classroom- to draw attention to key concepts or just to fill empty space to create a visually balanced page of notes. Initially I sketched these step by…

How to use grey shading in notes, doodles, and bullet journals 1

How To: Make Your Doodles Pop with Grey Shading

When I first began taking elaborate hand lettered notes I experimented with using lots of colors and varying pen styles, but I found through trial and error that the more action on the page, the more overwhelming my doodle notes were when I went back to study them. Over time, I’ve found my style is…

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