How to Draw a Doughnut in 5 Easy Steps

How to Draw a Doughnut in 5 Easy Steps

Many years ago (1984 to be exact) there was a commercial for Dunkin Donuts with a famous line that went “Time to make the doughnuts!“.  Well, you don’t have to get up early and work at Dunkin Donuts to make one!  In this quick lesson I’ll show you how to build your visual vocabulary and draw a doughnut in 5 easy steps.

Let me show you how you can use this image at work, school, or home.

  • Use a doughnut when you are drawing visual notes.  A doughnut image can represent a “reward, treat, dessert, calories, or  indulgence“.
  • Do you have a meeting, training session, or workshop where you will have breaks in the agenda.  Draw your agenda on a flip chart or whiteboard.  Then draw a doughnut next to each break in the agenda to represent a break for sweets.
  • Celebrating an accomplishment for your team, students, or a family member?  Write the word Congratulations on a whiteboard or flipchart and draw a large doughnut next to it.
    How to Draw A Doughnut, sketchnotes

I will leave it up to you, where to buy your donuts!  Personally, I’m a Krispy Kreme fan (smile).

Can you think of more ideas that a doughnut can represent?  I’d love to hear it.

Thanks for reading!  If you want to use visual thinking for your next project, conference, or strategy session, just contact me for ideas.

 

How to Draw a Book in 5 Easy Steps #NationalSchoolLibrarianDay

How to Draw a Book in 5 Easy Steps #NationalSchoolLibrarianDay

April 4th is National School Librarian Day.  Let’s give librarians a round of applause and celebrate them with visual thinking.

When you think of a librarian, what image comes to mind.  Books pop into my mind.

Here is a quick lesson on how to draw a book in 5 easy steps.  Give it a shot.

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Icons like this can help build your visual vocabulary.  Of course you can use this icon to draw tons of concepts.  For example a book can represent learning, school, teacher, research, and so much more.  And several books together can make a library!

Can you think of more ideas a book icon can represent?  I’d love to hear it.

Thanks for reading!  If you want to use visual thinking for your next project, conference, or strategy session, just contact me for ideas.

How to Draw a Kite in 5 Easy Steps

How to Draw a Kite in 5 Easy Steps

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.” – Lauren Bacall

Did you know that February 8 is National Kite Flying Day?

Who would have thunk it!  

I just happened to be looking at the National Day Calendar and saw this special day observed for flying a kite.

If you don’t have time to fly a kite on Feb 8th, you can draw one!  Here is a quick lesson on How to Draw a Kite in 5 Easy Steps.

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Hope you had fun with this lesson.  Let me know if you fly a kite on Feb 8 or draw one!

I draw kites when creating visual notes to represent childhood, freedom, the wind or sky.  This one image of a kite, has so many meanings!

Click here to learn how we can help your group use visual thinking to communicate ideas, innovate, and see the big picture.

What’s Your Word for the New Year?

What’s Your Word for the New Year?

Let me tell you…. I stopped making New Year’s resolutions many years ago.

I know it works for some people but as for me… nah.

I still have my resolutions from the 80’s that I never finished. Oh my!

Last year I decided to set an intention for the year around one word.  DO.   I drew a picture of my word and shared it with my friends and family.  There’s something about sharing that helps you stay accountable and makes you push a little harder.

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My word in 2016

Now it’s your turn.  Choose a word for the new year.  Need some ideas for your word? Here are a few.  FAITH, ACTION, PEACE, REST, FOCUS, CONSISTENT, DETERMINED, HEALTHY, BRAVE, PRESENT, INTENTIONAL, GROWTH, FORWARD, SLOW, IGNITE, and JOY.  There you go, that’s should get your wheels turning!

My word for this year is EXPANSION. Yep yep! I will share my sketch with you once I’m done.  

I created a blank template that you can use for this year.  Click here for the full size PDF you can print on 8.5 x 11 paper.

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Word for the Year Template

Templates (worksheets) like the one above can also be used for training and coaching.  Templates help you visualize and work through a process, goal, or strategy.  Try using templates with your clients, to learn more just contact me.

Smile, it’s good for you

Smile, it’s good for you

Guess what.  Smiling has a lot of benefits!

  1. Smiling Makes You Look Younger
  2. It enhances your mood
  3. It’s a stress reliever
  4. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
  5. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin

Victor Borge once said “The shortest distance between two people is a smile.”

For a larger view, double click the image to expand.

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I made this artwork while doing the “Art Everyday Month” Challenge.

There are 4 smiles in this drawing.  Did you find them?  Please comment below.

 

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