of these two things, I ended up scribbling down the
main points I heard in pencil on a notebook. Not a
real-time drawing. And as I scribbled notes, I realized
that it was critical to quote Obama's words. One of
my skills is to distill points into shorter, clearer
phrases. Because this content was recorded and would
be quoted, it was good to keep it in Obama's voice,
even if it took my shape, my synthesis.
scribbled the notes, I downloaded a transcript. I
highlighted the phrases that resonated with me when
I listened live. Next, I needed to figure out how
to wrap these points around the Obama banner I had
drawn as a centerpiece. I started knowing that the
O would be a face saying a major point. I chose to
make that "Greatness is never a given. It is
earned." I built the main point around the banner,
though not strictly in linear order.
I was very
curious what pieces of the speech would be made into
soundbites. As I prepped this image, I listened to
and I was glad to hear a lot of the pieces of the
drawing being repeating on air.
Despite the image not being quite done in real-time,
I managed to get to drawn, photographed and online
within 3 hours. Since then it's been an absolute joy
to hear reactions to it and see folks spread the good
word/image. You are welcome to distribute the image,
keeping the gray attribution text on it. It's especially
helpful for both viewers and for me to include a link
to this page: http://www.loosetooth.com/Viscom/gf/obama.htm
No. 2: Holy crow! This image has legs. Thanks
mostly to Twitter
this page had 5000 visits in the first three days,
with over a thousand people clicking on the PDF. Over
two weeks, 8K total visits and 2000 PDF clickers.
Thanks to everyone for the visits and views. I hope
you found the image useful and enjoyable.