EXPERT TIPS FOR GRAPHIC RECORDING SUCCESS
by Angelique McAlpine
Time-lapse video is sort of like getting a sneak peek behind the scenes. When graphic recording goes digital, it allows for real-time composition and content changes. The software I use, Procreate, faithfully records each stroke of my digital pencil.
When I first started making time-lapse videos, I was pretty straightforward about it. I would hand over the video file, including all the successful strokes, mistakes, and re-dos. But as time went on, I began to refine the videos, trimming them down and smoothing them out, while retaining the improvisational qualities. Below, you'll find two examples. The top video is the raw, unedited time-lapse, offering a direct look at my drawing process. The bottom video has been edited to remove as many redraws as possible, providing a more streamlined viewing experience.
RAW VIDEO, note the erasures and re-draws:
EDITED VIDEO, smoother and retains improv flavor:
These days, I offer Graphic Recordings in three general buckets of time-lapse video.
There's the 'lightly edited time-lapse', perfect for those who appreciate a bit of artistic authenticity (given the video file plays nice).
Then there's the 'full time-lapse video redraw', which is the equivalent of tidying up before guests arrive - I redraw the entire piece to ensure a clean video ready for editing.
Lastly, we have the 'straight-up time-lapse video', where the time-lapse is the star of the show, rather than the static image (the process can be as iterative as your would like to be).
Time-lapses can be adjusted to the length you need. Though it's possible to animate objects within the time-lapse, I like to consider time-lapse as its own unique art form and product. I strive to keep them simple, budget-friendly, and of high value. I've created time lapses that seamlessly integrate as both backgrounds and side panels for speakers.
Time-lapses provide a visually pleasing and less chaotic alternative to 'whiteboard style' videos and my drawings never resort to clip art. They're a cost-effective asset that can be deployed everywhere from social media to internal communications, and as intriguing trailers for full-length recorded presentations.