Going live: Cartoons in front of an audience

Drawing live at conferences and events is something I've been doing more of over recent years, producing a memorable cartoon summary of speeches, workshops and discussions.

The process is variously known as graphic recording, scribing, sketchnotes, graphic facilitation, visualisation ... I tend to just call it live cartooning. The subjects can be many and varied, though this one, held last month, was something of a gift: a conference called Comedy on Stage and Page.

It was held at the University of Kent by the newly established British Stand-Up Comedy Archive (BSUCA) in association with the British Cartoon Archive. The photos are copyright BSUCA, and you can see more here.

Below is one of the finished pages. I completed eight by the end of the day's events. Get in touch if you have an event that could benefit from this kind of cartooning.

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Private Eye cartoon: Should've gone to Specsavers*

"Yeah, I like these, I'll take them."

From the current edition of Private Eye. Had my eyes tested recently. Resisted the temptation to crack this joke and drew it as a cartoon instead. *Other opticians are available

[Update 22/2/15] From the letters page in the following Private Eye: