5 Drawing Tips From ImageThink

February 15, 2016

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5-drawing-tips-imagethink-graphicrecording-021016-imagethinkBy: Greta Hayes, graphic recorder at ImageThink (@imagethink).

As graphic recorders, we’re constantly organizing and drawing the big ideas we’re hearing. In our last post, Derrick mentioned the importance of simplicity in icons and drawings in what we do. So, how do we do it? These tips and tricks will give you insight we’ve developed to draw for our clients.

Plan-Ahead-ImageThink Make a plan 

Sketching out a rough idea of what you’d like to convey and where you want objects to go is a great way to start a drawing. You will easily be able to see the ‘bigger picture’ as spatial relationships between objects will become clear.

Simple-Shapes-ImageThinkBreak objects down into their simplest forms 

I recommend using basic, easy shapes and combining them, which will create a ‘skeleton’ of a proportionate image.

Monkey-StayLoose-ImageThinkStay loose and relaxed 

Don’t let your hand, wrist, or arm get tense! Use your whole arm from your shoulder (not from your wrist) and make large gestures.

Frida-Draw-What-You-See-ImageThinkDraw what you see, not what you think you see 

Grounding your skills in accurate spatial awareness allows you to have creative flexibility down the road. Remember, Frida Kahlo painted in her iconic eyebrow and mustache!


Like anything, practicing your skills will make you better and better.

For further reading, pre-order our book Draw Your Big Idea which features drawing exercises tailored to brainstorming, refining, and executing ideas.