Sunday Illustration Inspiration #33: Planning through drawing

I had a great surprise this week. If you have read my previous article, you will understand that I was going on about grabbing a pen and paper to start drawing as part of the planning process and whilst doing research.

The point I want to make here, again, is the value of taking up a pen and paper as part of the planning process. As part of my educational career I had to do research on the topic of online training. The clever people at that stage talked about the disadvantages of online training and they reckoned that there is an important process taking place between the brain and the hand when the pen forms the letter, word or sketch. Well, the same can unfortunately not be said about clicking a mouse button or pressing a key.

Going through this process of drawing on paper limits the chances of failure in projects. It helps you identifying the challenges in the project and how you will actually deal with them. It also gives you a good idea of what your final product will look like and if you follow your own sketches and planning, you will find it much easier to reach your final product and deadlines… a big plus point for your time management.

It definitely makes you think. Enjoy the examples that follows. I certainly have found them inspirational.


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I searched a bit more and came across a guy named Eddie Labanovskiy who really takes planning seriously. The quality and high standard of his work is obvious and with most of his work he gives a sketched example of the planning process on how the artwork was born.

Enjoy the following examples and be inspired by Eddie’s way of work.

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Pieter Els is a graphic designer at Inconcept Media, Jeffreys Bay. He kicked-off his career with extensive research and design of learning material for print, presentation and online learning. After a successful career in this field, he decided to turn back to his original choice he studied for and gain experience in both print and online design for the retail industry. After running his own studio for a while, he decided to join a team in a ever growing technological environment.