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Can You Get Paid To Doodle? Yes!

Recently I’ve been working with the Center for the Advancement of Well-being as a sketchnoter. Most people (cynically) assume my job is to doodle in a notebook during meetings. However, sketchnoting is actually a growing field in the art and design world and is a fantastic way for artists to use their skills in a professional setting.

Sketchnoting, in its most basic form, is creating a visual representation of what you hear or read. For my job, I create large pages that combine graphics and text, encompassing all of the major themes I hear around the room at our events. Sketchnoting is a great activity for graphic designers in particular, because it forces you to consider a lot of key elements of design: layout, typography, hierarchy, graphics, color, etc. You can sketchnote physically or digitally. Moreover, you can have a real, full-time job just sketchnoting for large events and organizations! Having one visual that includes main ideas in an eye-catching format is actually extremely beneficial for groups. Sketchnoting acts as a visual summary, but in a more fun and interesting way.

So, if doodling is your passion, I suggest trying out sketchnoting next time you are listening to a lecture, ted talk, or stuck in a meeting.


  1. karguet3 wrote:

    This is so cool! I have never heard of this before. Do you take notes with just words and draw in the sketches later? or DO you draw these images real time? Such an interesting field I had no idea about.

    Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6:40 pm | Permalink
  2. dnguyen wrote:

    Wow, this is the greatest part of art in history, really I would not like to get paid while doing it as it will increase my skills and make me unique from my colleagues.

    Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6:49 pm | Permalink
  3. rmoore25 wrote:

    My English teacher actually had us try this in 10th grade. I love drawing and doodling but found this to be extremely difficult. Props to you for be able to do it professionally. This is not an easy task.

    Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6:53 pm | Permalink
  4. atowner wrote:

    Oh, this is really neat! I heard inklings of this being tossed around my office on campus as well, and it’s great to see it flourishing. I also find it difficult to sketch about what I’m listening to at the same time, so this must really be a mental exercise. And what a fun, creative exercise it is.

    Friday, April 13, 2018 at 5:38 am | Permalink
  5. ysaavedr wrote:

    This is really fascinating, I have never heard of it before but it makes a lot of sense. Thank you for sharing this, I will definitely be trying it out.

    Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:09 am | Permalink
  6. jkohorst wrote:

    I remember hearing about this at my office on campus, but I found it hard to understand what exactly it was. I think this is a great way to include visual learning with traditional note taking, but I feel like it takes some skills to organize all the information in real-time. Do you take notes by hand and then create sketch-notes or just go with the flow?

    Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:03 pm | Permalink