I had the great fortune of being interviewed by a project through the Moody College of Communications at the University of Texas at Austin called Doing Innovation. This is a piece dedicated to the storyboarding and design work that I did as a contract storyboarder/designer under my own company, Blue Vanilla.
Wow, that took a while! After a month of graduating and switching to a new work-life balance, I am proud to present to you my graphic recording of Jessica Hische at the Austin Initiative for Graphic Awesomeness. Follow them on Twitter and give them love!
Last talk was James Victore, and this time I’m taking inspiration from Jessica’s amazing work and practicing my freehand letterforms and colors.
Jessica Hische is a wonderful artist who does illustrative letterforms, her most famous work being perhaps the site Daily Drop Cap, or her work in Moonrise Kingdom. She talks about the change in the way she sees her work, and some of the great things she’s currently working on.
Hello there! Chelsea here with another graphic recording of another awesome talk. This time I attended the Austin Initiative for Graphic Awesomeness’s speaker series with James Victore.
AIforGA is doing two other talks in the coming months, check out their site to sign up and support them!
James Victore is an incredible graphic artist and speaker who currently hosts The Dinner Series, a video series called Cubicle Activism, and is in general an amazing and inspiring dude. He talked about his past work, things he’s learned, and the work he’s done to teach others.
I really enjoyed hearing his talk—and I hope you enjoy my graphic recording. Click on the images to see the full size.
Thanks, James. I hope I did your talk justice.
And I agree, I can be inspired all I want, but without action, it’s bullshit.
I posted on the blog at the Austin Center for Design that a fire had been awakened in me once I learned about graphic recording. I found it to be fascinating (as a designer and a cartoonist) and a tool I could use to re-engage with lectures.
Engaging in a lecture at school was easy enough, so I decided to try my hand at a more difficult venue: the IGDA Microtalks in Austin last Friday.
The IGDA microtalks are intended to bring prominent game developers, artists, and designers in the Austin community and have them speak for 10 minutes on the subject of their choosing. This year, the president of the Austin chapter of IGDA chose a topic: Home for the Holidays, or, why we should be developing games in Austin.
This is a subject that’s very near and dear to my heart, as I do development in my spare time, and I love Austin. I think it’s a perfect mixture of tech and art, and we’re in a space to grow and thrive as much if not more than studios in California or New York.
Graphically recording this talk was hard. I hadn’t realized how much I rely on pauses in conversation to finish up a sketch, or the extra time spent on a specific subject to plan out different parts of the page, but these sketch notes were much different than my first set.
Overall, I think that the talks were really hard to process all at once—there were so many speakers with such great ideas that I didn’t know where to start. Drawing in the abstract can be somewhat difficult, and a lot of the speakers had a lot of emotional discourse about what it means to be a game developer in Austin.
To those folks who spoke at the IGDA, thank you for sharing your thoughts and time with me! I hope that these notes at least did a little bit of justice to all of your fantastic talks.