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The Art of Sketch Noting in a Travel Log

A Travel Log notebook, beside a set of Camping Gear and Travel documents

Traveling is a wonderful way to explore new places, meet new people, and create unforgettable memories. One way to capture those memories is through sketch noting in a Travel Log. This artistic technique combines drawing and writing to create a visual representation of your experiences. Whether you're an experienced artist or a beginner, this guide will help you get started on your sketch noting journey.

What is sketch noting?

Sketch noting is a technique that combines drawing and writing to create a visual representation of information. It's a way to capture ideas, thoughts, and experiences in a creative and engaging way. In your travel log, sketch noting can be used to document your adventures, from the sights and sounds of a new city to the people you meet along the way. With a little practice, anyone can learn to sketch note and create beautiful, meaningful pages in their travel log.

The thought of a scenery that is to be sketched as an illustration

Practice basic sketching techniques

Before diving into sketch noting in your travel log, it's important to practice basic sketching techniques. This will help you feel more confident in your abilities and allow you to create more detailed and accurate sketches. Start by practicing basic shapes and lines, such as circles, squares, and straight lines. Then, move on to more complex shapes and objects, such as trees, buildings, and people. Don't worry about making mistakes - sketching is all about experimentation and learning. With practice, you'll soon be able to create beautiful and unique sketches in your travel log.

Add text and visual elements

Sketch noting in your travel log is not just about drawing pictures, it's also about incorporating text and other visual elements to tell a story. Use different fonts and colors to add emphasis and create a hierarchy of information. Include labels, captions, and annotations to provide context and explain your sketches. You can also add other visual elements, such as snaps of maps, tickets, and souvenirs, to enhance your travel log entries. Experiment with different combinations of text and visuals to find a style that works for you.

A scenery with mountain ranges and a water body - a wonderful sketch for a travel log entry

Choose the right tools for your Sketch Notes

When it comes to sketch noting, the tools you use can make a big difference in the final result. Try using an iPad with a digital pencil, along with an app that provides a drawing canvas, and get a better experience of creating freehand digital sketches. Capabilities such as easy editing and sharing of the Text and Sketch are to be preferred, and this is usually available in-the-app these days. The digital drawing canvas you choose will depend on the drawing pen and pencil tools, and how easy you find using them. So go on and try your hand at sketching!

Use Sketch Noting to capture memories and emotions

Sketch noting in your travel log is a great way to capture not only the sights and sounds of your travels, but also the emotions and memories associated with them. Use your sketches to convey the mood of a place, the feeling of a special moment, or the people you meet along the way. Don't worry about creating perfect drawings - the imperfections and quirks of your sketches will add to the charm and authenticity of your travel log. Let your creativity flow and have fun with it!

Sketch Note doodles for travel
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