Doing It Digitally

I'm usually tucked in by 11:00 pm but at 2:00 am on April 30 I found myself graphic recording. No, it wasn't for a conference of insomniacs or vampires—it was for an organization called We Love Reading. In Amman, Jordan where their event was held, the time was a reasonable 9:00 am. The work was done digitally on an iPad Pro, and with the help of Skype and a mug of strong tea, I was right there with them.

Most graphic recording I do is on the spot, using markers on foam core. But digital graphic recording is an option as well, and it has some real advantages:
  • It can be done any time, for any place in the world with an internet connection.Digital drawings are simple to modify.
  • The process can be easily recorded on the iPad, creating a time-lapse video the client can edit and post along with the finished piece.
  • It's often more affordable. There's no cost for materials and when done remotely, no travel expenses. Also, when I'm working at home I usually charge by the hour, as opposed to a half or full day rate when working onsite.
  • Digital graphic recording requires less notice; if you're having a meeting you want captured, a day is plenty of time to prepare.
If you've considered using a graphic recorder but hesitate at the cost and preparation time, a digital session over the internet is a good way to try it out. Through August, I'm offering digital graphic recording at 15% off my usual rate for sessions of an hour or more. So get in touch! I'm ready when you are—even if it's 2:00 am.

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