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Tuesday
May132014

The Sketchnote Workbook Update 9 - Inking, Building, Video & T-Shirts!

I’M DEEP inking illustrations, getting ready to scan and use them in combination with my manuscript and submitted samples to build The Sketchnote Workbook.(http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/013383171X/therohdesignwebs)

Inking1Inking2

Here’s a brief video I shot of the inking process, if you’re curious:

By the end of the month, I need to have inked pieces done and have the pages for the body of the book done. It’s been a challenge with work and family obligations. The good news: my wife is recovering well, though slowly, from her back surgery.

I hope I can pull this off.

### Final Video Shoots Ahead
Brian and I will be shooting the final two videos this week (8 and 9). All of the scripted voiceovers have been recorded, which leaves the ad-lib voiceovers I’ll do as I watch myself work in rough cuts of the videos.

Video1Video2plan

We’re getting close on the video, and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out in Brian’s final edits. I think you’ll love all of the process-of-sketchnoting work captured in the video. I can't wait for you to enjoy it.

### 70 Sketchnote Icon T-Shirts Sold!
Yes! 70 t-shirts sold at [The Cotton Bureau](https://cottonbureau.com). You guys are pretty amazing. If you’re one of the buyers, your t-shirts should be arriving in a few weeks. I'd love to see your photos on social media. Thanks for your support!

MikeRohde Sketchnotes

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### Tumblr'ed
Follow my designing, illustrating and shooting video for this book at [my Tumblr](http://rohdesign.tumblr.com).

### Pre-Order!
It really helps me out if you [pre-order The Sketchnote Workbook at Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/013383171X/therohdesignwebs). It ensures your copy is delivered as soon as it's ready and it gives Peachpit a decent idea how popular the book could be. Win-win!

Sketchnote Workbook

### Limited Edition Boxed Set
Several readers were interested in a boxed set once both books are published. The books would be signed and the enclosing box would have hand-drawn illustrations in limited quantities (maybe 25). If this sounds interesting, [drop me a note](mailto:mike@rohdesign.com), and I'll add you to my pre-interest list.

OK, back to work!

Thursday
May012014

The Sketchnote Workbook Update 8 - Sketching Wrapped! New Sketchnote Icon T-Shirt Available

HALFWAY DONE! This weekend I was able to complete the sketching phase of The Sketchnote Workbook. It was a long, tough process but rewarding when I put the last pencil stroke on the last page of my sketches.

Type sketchHand sketch
Faces sketch

While sketches are not a completed book, they are the map that helps me figure out how to fit everything I want into the pages and what to illustrate to make that happen.

I’m planning to create a separate printed book and PDF ebook from the pencil sketches I did for The Sketchnote Workbook and one for the Handbook, too. If you’re interested in either or both of these books, [please let me know](mailto:mike@rohdesign.com).

### Inking Up Next
Now that the book has been completely sketched out, I’ll ink up all of the elements I need to build the pages, using the sketches as my map.

I’ll be capturing the inking process with a short video, much like I did in [update 7](http://rohdesign.com/weblog/2014/4/23/the-sketchnote-workbook-update-7-sketching-the-workbook-vide.html), to share in a future update, so look for that and wish me luck as I ink!

### Sketchnote Icon T-Shirts at Cotton Bureau
I’ve taken the design from the sweatshirt I’m wearing in the Sketchnote Workbook video and have created a two-color aqua and white version on dark gray tri-blend shirts at Cotton Bureau:

MikeRohde Sketchnotes

The shirts will be available to order for just 10 more days, so act quickly to order yours. Pricing is $24 + $5 shipping anywhere in the US or $10 shipping to Canada and Europe. Order now!

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### Pre-Order!
It really helps me out if you pre-order The Sketchnote Workbook at Amazon. It ensures your copy is delivered as soon as it's ready, and it gives Peachpit a decent idea of how popular the book will be. Win-win!

Sketchnote Workbook

Thanks again for following along.

Wednesday
Apr232014

The Sketchnote Workbook Update 7 - Sketching The Workbook Video

Here's a brief video on my book design process using sketches and a written manuscript. This should give you a good idea how my process works when sketching out the entire book at a 10,000 foot level.

I'm about to complete the sketching phase this week and jump right into inking after that, which presents new challenges and opportunities.

Ch7

### Tumblr'ed
Follow my daily process of designing, illustrating and shooting video for this book at my Tumblr. I'm really digging the tool for documentation.

### Limited Edition Boxed Set
Several readers are interested in a boxed set once both books are published. The books would be signed and the enclosing box would have hand-drawn illustrations in limited quantities (maybe 25). If this sounds interesting, [drop me a note](mailto:mike@rohdesign.com) and I'll add you to my pre-interest list.

### Pre-Order!
Yes, you can [pre-order The Sketchnote Workbook at Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/013383171X/therohdesignwebs). That's the best way to ensure your copy is delivered as soon as it's ready.

Sketchnote Workbook

Thanks for reading and watching!

Tuesday
Apr152014

The Sketchnote Workbook Update 6 - Delayed But Not Defeated

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THINGS HAVEN’T GONE AS PLANNED THE PAST FEW WEEKS. That almost feels like an understatement as I key the words.

My wife had a back issue that required surgery about two weeks ago. She’s doing well after a successful operation, but recovery is slow and our three kids all need attention. Life will be different for a while.

Of course, this unplanned event happening while writing, illustrating and designing a book is, let’s say, less than ideal. But family is first, no question.

Friends and family have been a huge support in this tough time. My editors, Nikki and Jan, have been very understanding, fighting for a 14-day extension to get me back on track.

This week I’m finally back to working on the book.

### Sketches
I’ve been planning out chapters by turning the manuscript for each chapter into small pencil sketches called thumbnails. This one change has accelerated my work. I’m working at a 10,000 foot view of the book, while still providing the detail I need to convey the pages to my editor and to ink the illustrations.

Originally, I’d drawn two-page spreads on a single sheet of letter-sized paper:

2 page spread

For the smaller thumbnail sketches, 4 two-page spreads will fit on a single page. You can see the difference in this thumbnail sketch sample:

8 page spread

This iteration goes to show that even a proven process like the one I had for The Sketchnote Handbook can continue to improve.

### Video
We are now half finished shooting on-location videos! We've shot videos 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7, with videos 1, 4, 8 and 9 left to go. We still have to shoot sketchnote samples, record voiceovers, and Brian has to edit everything into a cohesive unit.

800 bookshelf cam

Our videos are turning out fabulous. They're all shot on-location, showing off several unique Milwaukee locations. I can't wait for you to see them!

We're excited about the long video sequences of me creating sketchnotes from start to finish. We'll be adding voiceovers that describe what I’m thinking as I work, and we'll add graphics to share tips as the video plays.

Rig food

Food sketchnote

### Tumblr
If you’re curious about the process of designing, illustrating and shooting video for this book, check out [my Tumblr site](http://rohdesign.tumblr.com). I’ve rediscovered Tumblr as a great space for updates that are larger than tweets but smaller than full-on articles.

800-CEO-READ Sketchnote Map

### Pre-Order!
Yes, you can [pre-order The Sketchnote Workbook](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/013383171X/therohdesignwebs) at Amazon. That's the best way to ensure your copy is delivered as soon as it's ready.

Sketchnote Workbook

### Limited Edition Boxed Set: Interested?
I'm starting to kick around the idea of a special, limited-edition boxed set of both books. The books would be signed and the enclosing box would have hand-drawn illustrations in limited quantities (maybe 25). If this sounds interesting, [drop me a note](mailto:mike@rohdesign.com) and I'll add you to my pre-interest list.

### Get the Boulder Rolling…
Now that my wife is better and we have help from friends and family, it’s time to get the Sketchnote Workbook moving again.

This is how life is. We have to adapt to the situations we cannot predict. My son Landon was born during the making of The Sketchnote Handbook, so I know this feeling—and I know I can make the Workbook happen.

Thanks for all of your kind words and support!

Friday
Mar142014

The Sketchnote Workbook Update 5 - Video Shoots & Sketches Ahead

THIS PAST MONTH WAS A BLUR. I’ve flown to Texas for workshops in San Antonio and at SXSW in Austin, have completed the Workbook’s manuscript, and have shot two of nine videos.

I feel behind, but that’s good. It keeps me cranking.

Sketches are next, along with scripting and shooting seven more videos in March and early April. Brian Artka will take the raw footage, shaping it into a cohesive story for our May video deadline.

Video Shoots

The last two weeks I’ve been on location at Milwaukee’s Stone Creek Factory, shooting scripts written by Gabe Wollernburg with Brian, my video storytelling Jedi master. Footage and b-roll for chapter 5: Sketchnoting Documentation and chapter 6: Sketchnoting Travel Experiences are done. Seven shoots are left.

Brian cam
ScriptsBrian shooting

We’re having a great time capturing these videos. You’re going love the on-location, documentary style we’re using to tell the story of this video series.

Final tour
High shotPourover sketchnotes
Lotta booksThats a wrap

This will be a 2-hour video, heavy on actual sketching and helpful tips, with just enough of me on camera to set the stage. I can’t wait to see the final videos.

Follow the video shoots in pictures on Instagram or my Flickr photostream,

Sketches Ahead

For this stage, I’ll use the approved manuscript to lay out the entire book, page by page, as pencil sketches.

This worked great for the Handbook. In fact, it’s pretty amazing how similar my pencil sketches look, compared to the final, printed book. The sketching stage is critical for the inking and production, which follow it.

Chapter 4 Sketch

Final Chapter 4 Spread

I’ll use printed templates from the Handbook to sketch out the pages. Looseleaf sheets let me move book pages around as needed and when I run out of templates, I can print more.

A book map is also created to help me see the book at a high level and lets me determine where I may need to add or subtract pages within each chapter.

Bookmap

Sketching is hard, but a ton of fun. With the established design I’ll inherit from the Handbook, I’m hoping I can keep pace with my very tight schedule.

Pre-Order!

Yes, you can pre-order The Sketchnote Workbook at Amazon. That's the best way to ensure your copy is delivered as soon as it's ready.

Go, Go, Go!

I have to keep the Sketchnote Workbook train rolling, so it’s time to get back to work. Thanks for following the process. I'll update you again soon!