Illustrating ‘Power and Potential’

Yesterday was a rather unsatisfactory day, my first working on illustrations for ‘Social Leadership: Power and Potential’. This is not uncommon: illustrating a book is a little like finding a voice in that sometimes you have to search around a bit.

In the end, i have decided to go with ‘forces of nature’ as the theme, which i hope ties it into the broader metaphor i use of the Organisation as an Ecosystem, as well as the various Landscapes i’ve explored before (‘Trust’, ‘Communities’, ‘Quiet Leadership’ etc).

I also knew that i wanted a reasonably naive style: quick to draw, and lots of small components that can be used around the pages – because this work is itself a rapid iteration. It’s not a masterpiece, but rather a practical Enquiry Framework.

So forces of nature it is: starting in the harbour, with the waves, and moving into the forest, where the leaves are blown through the air. There may be a lot of lightning. And perhaps a windmill.

Illustrating work is, itself, the most difficult thing: writing is easy, research is logical, even developing ideas has a certain pace to it, but illustration can feel like a mountain, and the challenge is more physical than mental sometimes. To be hunched over the screen for a week or two is a challenge.

© Julian Stodd

That’s one of the reasons why i illustrated the upcoming Humble Leader book in old fashioned pen and ink, to give myself a break, as well as to differentiate it from the usual Guidebooks.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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