Meetings

Back in high school I rarely took notes during class.  I drew in my sketchbook instead and was somehow able to absorb information better that way.  Mr. Lamb my economics instructor took note of this after I aced my first exam. He told me "Vincent, whatever your doing... it's working. So don't take any notesin my class.  Just keep drawing in my class."  ( I ended up getting an A in his class)

These days I am in a lot of meetings and I want to "take notes" in the same way. If I am not presenting or fielding questions I will start doodle my coworkers. It's great because you get to see the same faces a lot and learn your subjects. It's not so great because you end up drawing a lot of people sitting down looking off in the same direction.  But with my busy schedule I'll take any opportunity to get some drawing done.

 I used to do tiny little quick doodles on post-it notes  like these two:

Lately I have been bringing the iPad Pro in to meetings and doing quick gesture drawings of my coworker's faces. 

I like how this ear turned out.

I like how this ear turned out.

The idea man from the post-it note.

The idea man from the post-it note.

These are done really fast in broken increments over a meeting. I might spend 5 minutes total on a drawing.  I also am trying not to stare at the subject, so I am more concerned with the expressivity in the drawing rather than capturing a straight likeness.

These are done really fast in broken increments over a meeting. I might spend 5 minutes total on a drawing.  I also am trying not to stare at the subject, so I am more concerned with the expressivity in the drawing rather than capturing a straight likeness.

Tim brought his daughter Sara in today and she quietly played games during one meeting. Her head was poking out from a chair.

Tim brought his daughter Sara in today and she quietly played games during one meeting. Her head was poking out from a chair.

I really liked the way her hand was pressing against her face as well as the lines created by her hoodie.  This one took about 4 minutes.

I really liked the way her hand was pressing against her face as well as the lines created by her hoodie.  This one took about 4 minutes.

So,dear coworkers, if you see me staring at you in a meeting and my iPad is out you now know what's up. ( sorry not sorry)