My high school history teacher really liked all the little illustrations I would draw on the margins of my class notes — you can picture lots of maps, country flags, army men and so on. So much that he asked to photocopy all my pages at the end of the school year.
In college, my habit of drawing while listening to teachers continued. A slideshow in art history class was something to look forward to. I enjoyed the challenge of sketching every slide before the next one would go up.
So it's no suprise that I need to draw anytime I'm in a conference, class or meeting environment. It's a safe situation, where you're supposed to be writing things, and nobody ever notices if you are actually drawing — well, one of my high school teachers did catch me drawing a caricature of him, but that's another story.
These are some sketchbook pages from a journalism conference I attended in Spain in November where I enjoyed a bit of conference sketching.
Sketching during the conference sessions gave me some inertia and I did a few more spreads over lunch and dinner.
Society of News Design - Spanish Chapter
During my presentation about my newspaper job I also talked about Urban Sketchers. I wonder if anybody in the audience sketched that!