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My favorite Neuland products (and what I use them for)

Neuland No.One® Art Outliner, brush nib 0.5-7 mm

If there’s only one thing you could buy from Neuland’s whole selection, I would recommend you get this marker. It was the one I used the most in my two-day graphic recording session. I felt the brush getting a little weaker and the ink briefly run out, but it kept recovering and the ink kept returning with force. It is quite a big barrel, so I feel these markers would stay juicy long before they need a refill (which Neuland provides). 

6 Lessons from Graphic Recording

1. Use a string for quick measurements and for making long straight lines on paper.
2. To create any construction lines, use a colored pencil instead of a pencil. I do this to avoid any light-colored markers picking up or smudging the pencil lead when I draw over it. This is a small detail but I feel like it kind of adds up overall.

What's an IFVP board meeting like?

What's an IFVP board meeting like? 

I only attended three board meetings so far, but just partaking in something called a 'board meeting' makes me feel like a proper grown-up.

On our last meeting, the IFVP institute president, Phillip Bakelaar (aka Dr. B), asked us to share a little information about our families and personal lives. He started by talking about his own family and what some of them have been up to, and he prompted someone else to go next. 

How I Make My Sketchbooks With Just 3 Materials

Recently, I uploaded a straightforward tutorial where I show the process of making my new 'film journal'

This is how I've been making my sketchbooks for years now—the only twist here is that I use colored pages instead of white ones. And I think those turned out better on camera.

If you want to pick up a very simple method of putting together a sketchbook, I suggest you give this one a look.


One Thing I learned From the Kids' Workshop I Ran This Summer

I organized a kids' visual communication workshop earlier this summer. It had taken some time for a couple of the kids to feel comfortable with drawing freely and 'making a mess'.

But I think it was much easier for those kids to let go of any negative beliefs they had about their artistic abilities than it was for the adults I trained in the past.
These young people simply didn't have a long-established self-image of someone who's no good at drawing—they were equally new to everything else in life.

The weird intersection between the NGO world and the arts

Shortly after graduating from architecture school in the midst of the pandemic season, my thesis advisor invited (and mentor) invited me to join his newly founded NGO, ABC. You'll probably be hearing me talk about ABC a lot more in the coming few weeks and months, but from the start, we knew that there was a lot to learn about the NGO world: our experience in academia and design just wouldn't cut it.

Think Visual: The online class that changed the trajectory of my career

In September 2022, I put out a class on an online platform called Skillshare. I had spent months distilling what I learned about conceptualization in architecture school and making all of that as easy to understand as possible. 

That class ended up being Staff Picked by Skillshare and because of it, I was invited into an exclusive teachers' club on the platform where I'd receive benefits like guidance with making my videos, resources for improving my shots and entry to competitions. 

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