I need 15 **sketchnote-style** illustrations for my book.
The book (named "WHOLESOME") explores the pitfalls of our Industrial-age society, and suggests alternative ways to go about life.
Attached is the draft cover. The illustrations need to be black and white, A5 size max (page size). To give a flavour of the work I need, I've attached some sample pages of "Rework," a book illustrated by Mike Rohde.
Here are the 15 illustrations I need:
1) The first one is simple. I've attached a hand-drawn flowchart (manifesto.jpg). I need this illustrated / sketched. The left part of the diagram needs to be separated from the right. The left one symbolises the industrial age. The right one, is the good one, the one this book advocates. The "fail" cloud needs to be somewhere in the middle, but much closer to the right, as the draft picture shows.
2) Selfish Sex
The illustration / sketch should convey that having kids is bad for the planet.* The best way to protest against war is to have no kids.
* The decision to have a child, or one more child, or yet another child may seem to be a personal one—a choice about how many diapers you want to change in the short term versus how many Mother’s Day cards you hope to receive later on. But to see it in these terms alone is to be selfish. The decision to have a child is an ethical one. When we set the size of our families, we are, each in our own small way, determining how the world of the future will look.
3) Escape Stupidity
This sketch needs to be about how mass media is making us more distracted and stupid. You could sketch a mouse pointer clicking on a "Log out" button, or I leave it to your creative initiative! Here is a supporting excerpt from the book:
"Football is what the masses want. Fans down their Lager and watch. The outcome is beyond their reach, out of their control. The devilishly great thing about watching football, is how easy to get it is: Two goalposts, two teams, and a kicking ball. We yearn for footy, sitcoms and fast food. We snack on emails fifty six times a day, stalk each other on Facebook, spend hours shooting people in Gears of War, and sleep with our iPhone. What on earth is wrong with us?
4) Live Better than an Animal
Illustrate this idea:
Most People’s life is defined in 3 ways:
i. Survival: Dog eat dog.
ii. Mating-dance: Consume, keep up with the Joneses, obsess about taking pictures during our two-week holiday (story-telling vs. experience), smile, be popular, attract opposite sex.
iii. Sex: Prolong the species, increase worker/consumer supply, strengthen the economy.
Every brain cycle spent on survival, mating-dance and sex, is a cycle during which we are not humans.
5) Maker versus Manager
Illustrate how MANAGERS get in the way of MAKERS.
Here is an example of the difference between the two:
"John Sculley: Famous for his marketing and sales achievements at PepsiCo, he joined Apple and repeated what he was good at. What he is remembered for is the destruction of Apple’s engineering department. During his watch, mid and low-level managers reigned supreme in most funding decisions, until the pot run dry in the nineties. He then left Apple and got involved with politics. John Sculley was a MANAGER. On the other hand, Steve Jobs was a MAKER. A creator with vision, an obsession, an idea. He stood for something bigger, he had a visceral calling to make computing as simple and elegant as possible."
Your illustration should not be about those specific managers, but the general distinction between managers vs. makers, and how MAKERS are far more useful than MANAGERS.
6) The Meeting Disease
Illustrate how business meetings are a total waste of time. "Meetings are where workers go, sit down, and watch the water-cooler gang dispense sentimental claptrap at each other for an hour. Why work, when you can meet colleagues and finesse them with the latest jargon you’ve picked up."
7)Your Life is Your Attention
The price of a Twitter follower was recently pegged at $2.5 per month. If that’s a good approximation, then following people on Twitter can add up to an expensive endeavour over time. If that’s the case, then what is the real cost of stalking people on Facebook or watching funny cats on YouTube?
"Attention leads to learning, learning leads to behaviours, behaviours to influence, and influence to spending. Our attention is invaluable, and yet we squander it."
8) What Prozac Taught Me You About Life
Illustrate / sketch this idea:
"Consume mainstream media, feel inadequate, want more than you have, be unsatisfied, consume even more. When you burn out and get depressed, take SSRIs, recover and rejoin the consumption cycle. Economy grows, big pharma grows, everyone looks happy. Here is what dawned on me during my two years with SSRIs:
1. The less needs I carry on my back, the more satisfied I am.
2. The more satisfied I get, the less selfish I become.
3. The less selfish I am, the more I empathize and serve others."
9) Stop Protecting
Illustrate / sketch this idea: "By blocking out every possible risk, I was blocking out life. Why? Because life comes part and parcel with sensations. Those sensations are guaranteed to be good and bad in equal measure." "Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional." ~ Haruki Murakami
You could sketch a man in a chemical suit going about his daily errands.
10) Hack Your Karma
For this one, you can draw a pair of sports shoes. The shoes needs to be like they have been used for sport, i.e. their owner is very active and healthy.
"Each time we push ourselves, our body resists. It is this aversion that keeps us from exercising, starting a blog, cleaning or waking up early."
11) Inexcusable Happiness
Illustrate / sketch this idea:
"Sociability is just a big smile, and a big smile is nothing but teeth."
~ Jack Kerouac
This is family’s primary purpose: to cookie-cut us into resilient, all-weather workers, programmed to smile when our soul is beaten down. Crying in public stopped being socially accepted at the onset of the industrial revolution. We attend pub gatherings, barbecues, weddings, stag-do’s, hen-do’s, office parties; we participate in such festivities with the same piousness as going to church.
12) When Freedom Gets Toxic
Illustrate / sketch the idea:
"Why exercise when I have the freedom to swallow Prozac and Cialis? Why read a book when I have the freedom to play Xbox and watch Glee? And who are you to take my freedoms away? Instant gratification, avoidance of effort, stagnation, decline. Consumer culture plunges down a dark rabbit hole."
13) Corporate Renaissance
Illustrate / Sketch this idea:
"During the twentieth century, loudness, prowess and charisma became sought after traits in the workplace. Leadership was all about overwhelming issues with energy, and why not, bombastic bravado. We lost proportion. Well, take heart. Things are changing for the better. 37signals, Automattic, Orchestra and other thriving millennials don’t crowd their employees in post-modernistic open-plan offices any more. There’s less need for sharp elbows, power games and rogue dynamics. Workers are increasingly being measured for wisdom and intellect as opposed to mere smarts. How objectively good you are as a programmer, designer, thinker will soon be valued as much—if not more—than your subjective ‘brand’ in water-cooler corners."
14) Everyone should be a blogger
This idea is about the benefits of being honest, and how personal blogging allows us to do that.
"It then occurred to me, why not blog my daily pages? Instead of locking them away, unleash them on the web. Why? Because opening up is cathartic. Think about it. Why do people pay small fortunes for talk therapy? Is it for the therapist’s advice? Hardly. Good therapists don’t give advice. What then? Again, it’s the relief we get from opening up. That’s what therapists are trained to do. Ask the right questions to get you going. Once words start flowing, their job is done; they can just sit there pretending to listen. It doesn’t matter what the content is. The process itself is therapeutic. So, If everyone spent thirty minutes each day putting their thoughts on a blog, the world would be a better place. Honesty, clarity and inspiration are arguably in short supply these days."
How you illustrate this is up to your creativity! If you have no immediate ideas, then you could try sketching a user who is busy typing away, blogging and and feeling happy doing so. As long as it reinforces the message, it should work.
15) Show Up
“Quantity leads to Quality” ~ Seth Godin
Persistence and determination are omnipotent. We all need to put effort in, loads of effort, before our work becomes good or even great. It takes time, persistence. Loads and loads of quantity, eventually leads to Quality.