Live Illustration

Live illustration is:

  • Spectacular,
  • moving,
  • projected,
  • inspirational,
  • everyone is waiting to see what comes next and
  • it quickens the discussion.

With live illustration we will hit through even the stimulus threshold of conference-zombies!

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When making live illustration, we’re performing analogous and instantaneous visual illustration, but not on large sheets and boards, rather by a desk, as if drawing comic strips, that the audience can follow through large projection surfaces, while the presenters can see the illustrations on control panels.

What problems can be solved with live illustration?

  • Participants are more engaged by their mobile phones than by the projected presentation.
  • Attention is getting languid towards the end of a long day.
  • “They’ve seen it all!”

Why is it good?

  • The motion picture, the nascent drawing can do the trick of sustaining attention,
  • humorous, entertaining, inspirational,
  • helps the audience to mark what’s been heard
  • spectacular.

„Live illustration” with document camera provides considerable added value in the below cases:

  • large audience, over 50-100 people
  • speeches without presentation (neither PowerPoint, nor Prezi), when there’s nothing for the projected illustration to interfere with
  • rould-table discussions, where’s nothing else but discussion going on
  • Q&A sessions, interactively with the audience, and
  • large group events, used as a tool of moderation, facilitation, even for several hundred participants, visualizing the instructions instantly.

Questions and Answers:

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1. Where will you work?

When doing projected live illustration, we typically work right beside or on the technical desk, in order to be able to connect to the projection system.

2. What do you need on the spot?

We’ll ask for a desk of at least 120 x 80 cms, a chair and 220 V power source. We can connect to the projection system via VGA or HDMI connections. We have the special camera.

It is of utmost importance that not only the audience, but also the presenter or participants of the discussion can see the drawings as they’re being prepared through a control display (we have VGA splitter, 30 m VGA cable and the display), and it is also to be made sure that the projected light is not in the direction of the presenter’s eyes.

It’s also useful for us in this case as well to be presented, that is, for the moderator or host to present the illustrators and their work as soon as the program starts. It enhances the effect a great deal, if participants are aware of what work live, why we are here, what they should pay attention on, that the pictures will be given to them, etc. We’ll give you support for presenting us.

Following the illustrated block it’s worth placing the cards at a proper place, so that the audience and the presenters can make photos of them, so they can recall the most important moments. Smooth wall surface or possibly a large scale sheet is necessary for that.                      

3. Won’t it distract the attention of participants?

We wrote on the visual recording services page based on the experiences of our clients and ourselves of the alteration of attention, and it goes even more for the live illustration. What works for the visual illustration in terms of the audience getting focused, manifests in a special way by live illustration. It can be seen sentence by sentence how the illustrator translates into drawings what’s being heard. It does not disturb the audience, quite on the contrary, they participate in the process of the discussion with high attention, and using the picture featuring all drawings they will be able to recall the main messages months or even years later. Of course, it goes only for the synchronous, truly real-time (visual) illustration, asynchronous illustration, “lagging behind” would be disturbing here. Luckily enough, at Grafacity we let only the sufficiently swift-handed illustrators by the document camera.