Experimenting through illustration

  1. Enter the diet culture
  2. Learning a new language
  3. Getting close to people
  4. Dealing with boring meetings
  5. Hate writing, love presenting

1. Enter the diet culture

Every year, around New Years by no surprise, I start thinking of my resolutions. One of the recurring resolutions is to lose weight, do more exercise, love yourself more, or anything else related to body positivity. And it’s really hard to keep myself motivated knowing that I have failed this so many years in a row. However, I decided this time it was going to be different. I would illustrate my way out of it.

Body goals, By SketchyLinus

2. Learning a new language

I have lived in Sweden a total of 6 years. It has now come to the point that if someone asks me if I speak Swedish, I have to embarrassingly say “no, but i understand it.” And maybe I’m lying to most people or maybe my illustration exercises are starting to pay off.

First iterations, By SketchyLinus
Monthly lettering continuations, By SketchyLinus
To make a run for it, By SketchyLinus

3. Getting close to people

I have recently started reading “Quiet” by Susan Cain and I cannot tell you how much I relate to it. I am a true introvert and I love all the people in my life, but sometimes they are too many for me to spread my energy on. It might seem obvious for you that you would illustrate things that you love for people you love. But it has never been like that for me. Illustration has always been my secret weapon to dwell in my head.

New team members, By SketchyLinus
Random selection of family drawings, By SketchyLinus

4. Deal with boring meetings

Uff… this has been hard. Specially now in pandemic times. Meeting sickness is a real thing and most of the companies I have worked with have had it. During these badly planned or just monotonous meetings, I always get the feeling like I need to draw out my frustration.

First times I was exploring drawing in meetings, By SketchyLinus
Started by making creepy things, By SketchyLinus
Purposeful doodles, By SketchyLinus

5. Hate writing, love presenting

Seems weird to say I hate writing while writing this article. However, I hate writing for presentations, having to summarise into some bullets, writing notes below the slides, etc. This whole process just seems like such a big step… so I had to break it down.

Sample slides “The story of a Design System”, By SketchyLinus
Sample animated slides “How to slay a corporate dragon”, By SketchyLinus

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Lina Alvis

Lina Alvis

I'm a UX designer with strong passion for illustration and highly motivated in driving change via user insights.