To be a graphic facilitator isn’t about being an artist! You don’t have to be Leonardo da Vinci to capture the conversations around you.
The most difficult thing that we ever learn to draw is the alphabet, if we can do that everything else is simple.
With Graphic Facilitation there are just seven basic shapes;
These shapes can be put together to create almost anything.
Such as a house…
Sometimes people hesitate before they even get started as they are too concerned about what other people with think about there drawings.
Its okay to feel a little bit nervous before your first graphic facilitation session but I would suggest what you do is:
I personally have a whole routine which I follow before I do any Graphic Facilitation work…and yes it does include copious amounts of Lucozade haha.
Remember that people’s words are as important as images in the process and some ideas will not have pictures to go with them. Words are fine.
The whole graphic process is not just down to you, feel free to ask people to draw ideas when you are not sure what they mean. Ask people questions about what they want you to put on paper. It is up to you to get everyone to think in colour and images.
If you can’t depict an image don’t obsess, do what you can and then move on. People will be involved in the process not just what you are doing.
Practice creating images wherever you can. Try writing minutes for yourself using images or even take down telephone conversations with graphics.
Start copying logos and adverts that you see in newspapers or on notice boards. We are surrounded by graphics throughout our life so record what you are drawn to and look at why you find it interesting.
Consider that the body remembers how to create images so practice new graphics by tracing them a few times.
Experiment by drawing images in different sizes. Try using different marker pens to see which ones work best for you. By practicing creating images your graphic vocabulary will develop and make the process easier and more enjoyable.
If you want to learn the basics of Graphic Facilitation why not try our online E-learning?