room set up: live visual notes
drawing on paper :
It is nice to produce something tactile in the digital age
Room setup notes for drawing on paper:
- Smaller size drawings: Shorter talks (less than 30 minutes or so) should probably be drawn on slightly smaller paper.
- I can fold my Neuland V3 board into thirds to draw on a smaller space (paper 30" x 48"). See the folded setup below.
- Alternately, I can use 3M Post It Landscape Flip Chart or regular (non-sticky) paper on an easel. See the mini set up below.
- Yet another option is for me to draw in a sketchbook on my lap. Typical sketchbook sizes are: 6 x 8 inches, 8 x 11 inches, 11 x 14 inches.
drawing on the IPAD :
project the images almost any size - and i can work remotely!
Room setup notes for digital projection:
- I need to be able to see and hear the speaker and glance at their slides, so it is helpful to be at the front of the room.
- It is helpful when the audience can see the speaker, speaker's slides (if any) and my visual notes, so they aren't turning to look at the notes (which could distract the speaker).
- I do not actually have to be in the room! I work from the speaker's words (mostly) and slides (a little bit), so if I have a good audio / video connection with the speaker and a fast internet connection to the meeting room, I can draw from my studio in Flagstaff!
- I use an Apple iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for live, digital drawings.
- The iPad can be connected to a projector via:
- Apple TV or WiFi
- HDMI cable (slightly more cumbersome)
- It is always good to have the ability to use an HDMI cable as a back up plan to wireless options (Apple TV and WiFi)
Digital drawing options
- You have options (and trade offs) for drawing software:
- I prefer Adobe Draw (vector-based software) because it allows us to resize the final drawing to be huge or small
- Procreate is also an option; it cannot be easily resized (specifically, it is hard to make the drawings very large), but it provides a video of the drawing process.
- I don't especially like my handwriting when I draw on the iPad (see samples here), so when I work in Adobe Draw software I often revise the final drawing to replace my live handwriting with a font of my handwriting. My handwritten font is shown on the sketches on this page.
adobe draw software live drawing demo
Adobe Draw Software: This is what the iPad screen looks like when I use Adobe Draw software (May 2019). Notice the pens on the left and layers on the right. Also, skip to the middle of the video to see what it looks like when zoomed into draw details.
Adobe Draw creates a vector drawing, which is easy to change and scale large or small. I replaced my iPad handwriting with a font below.
procreate software life drawing demo
ProCreate Software: This is what the iPad screen looks like when I use ProCreate software (May 2019). Notice the pens at the top and slider bars on the left. Also, skip to the middle of the video to see what it looks like when zoomed into draw details.
ProCreate can capture a video of the drawing being made (see below), but the final image (and video) are more difficult to edit.