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Fast Notes & Quick Sketching With Mark Simmons (Oakland)

November 15, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PST

“If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well / It were done quickly”

— Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 7

Shakespearean tragedies usually don’t involve a lot of nature journaling, but we’ve all been in situations where there’s some fleeting image or precious information we’d to jot down as quickly as possible. By writing down key points of a lecture or new ideas we discover in the field, and associating them with drawings and graphics, we can reinforce what we learn and share it more easily with other people.

In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore some tricks and techniques for “sketchnoting” and structuring information, as well as methods for quickly sketching animals, people, and other fast-moving targets. We’ll learn how to balance words, pictures, and decorative elements to create a record of the time-sensitive moments you want to capture, and how to manipulate space and time to your advantage!

Please bring a journal or sketchbook, and your drawing tools of choice; extra materials will be provided for you to experiment with. All ages and experience levels welcome. No registration or sign up necessary. $20 suggested donation.

San Francisco-based artist Mark Simmons specializes in comics, cartoons, and storyboards. You can see some of his work at www.ultimatemark.com, or visit toysdream.blogspot.com for his latest life sketches of cute animals, construction machines, and whatnot.


November 15, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PST
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Nature Journal Club
(415) 310-7592
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Rotary Nature Center
600 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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(510) 238-3739
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