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Sketches and Graphics vs Notes

Discussion in 'Pens, Pencils, Notebooks, and Notebook Covers' started by tbzbbt, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. tbzbbt

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    After following the dicussion about systems of note-taking in another thread it raised the question for me: to what extent/proportion do you illustrate you notebooks with diagrams or annotations? I'm not talking about an artist's sketchbook here, but one in which a mixed approach is adopted. Do you draw beacuse it makes sense (eg. connector pin-out); because you want to recakl a pattern (eg. travel observation of archtecture feature); or simply because doodles communcate the idea better?

    Do the tools of your EDC enable this?

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    I rarely illustrate in my notebooks (probably because I'm not very good at it), but on occasion I will do a sketch because it's easier to visualize than to write a detailed description of what I need to remember.

    I EDC a Rhodia Pocket Size Notebook (A7 w/ graph paper). It works well for notes and illustrations.
     
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    I'm not a doodler or drawer either. Agree the Rhodia notebooks (all types, but I use the top staple #11 pads--A7 lined) are great. If I did anything like that at all it would relate to wiring in a guitar amp or guitar or schematic type drawings. My grand-kids literally draw better than I do.
     
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    Come to think of it, one of the last diagrams I did was of a pedalboard I was building (to make sure I had the right number and length of patch cables). Hard to make rectangles and straight lines look bad!
     
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    Ha! I can definitely make a straight line look bad. I pre-date effects...unless you count tremolo or reverb on the amp, but will admit to owning a few. If I'm playing guitars with humbuckers, my main effect is the cable, but I'll use a booster or Klon clone or tubescreamer type OD with the Tele or Strat. Fenders seem to benefit from them, but Gibsons or humbuckers are like Jameson...better straight...:)
     
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    Ok since we’ve taken the discussion that direction, do you note effect settings, song ideas, chord progression in your notes? I have lots of tab printouts but I keep music notes like scales and chord tones in an A5 Rhodia. It helps me sort out my Mixolydian from the Dorian...

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    I do occasional diagrams if it makes sense for a project or task I am planning. I keep a couple of small rulers in the back pocket of my journal in case I need to make a straight line, but I usually just freehand it. In my laptop bag, I have some colored markers (blue, red, green) and a couple of highlighters (orange, blue).
     
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    More like lyrics for me.
     
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    I haven't played in a band for a while, but when I did I kept a pocket notebook (Field Notes or similar) for listing effects settings and song details. The set list changed quite a bit. I was younger then and not as forgetful, but it still helped to have things jotted down for a last minute reference.
     
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    i sketch occasionally but am more likely to draw a time ladder for more densely packed days
     
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    I am a birder so I tend to do a little of both. I am a horrible sketcher but even some curved lines can help me ID something later when I have reference books. On a dedicated birding day , I even have a special notebook. These get used to keep track of your known sightings and other info.
     
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    I like to take notes in whatever way is most efficient. I rarely write paragraphs and usually do bullet points and/or an outline.

    If a concept can quickly be represented with a picture (and in my line of work they often can), I will do that.
     
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    I do tend to use some sketches, usually in the form of diagrams and tables, in my notebooks where I think that they help amplify the notes. This is one reason I like the moleskine notebooks with the squares. The squares facilitate drawing tables or trying to do diagrams to scale.
     
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