The ART of visual storytelling!

I have to say that in the first year of running my own creative business, “Picture your ideas” with Dr Sue Pillans, that I have the best job in the world! Every time I get an opportunity to draw out ideas with people I get to see the joy that the art of storytelling brings. Through my visual storytelling, using graphic recording and original artworks, I get to engage people through words and pictures to create unique stories all over the world. My creative thinking takes me to schools and universities, indigenous communities, business and industry and international organisations. Despite the differences in the people and groups I work with, you can see from the photos that they all react in the same happy way to the visual stories. That’s because these visual stories are your stories, so they are immediately relatable. My role as a graphic recorder is a special one, as I’m there to listen, interpret the information and capture the key messages by picturing your ideas. So remember when it comes to the art of visual storytelling, pens and paper are so powerful with people!

Speaking of storytelling, check out this great article on ‘Mastering the art of true storytelling’ by a fellow storytelling colleague of mine, Mark Paterson of Currie Communications, who recently featured my visual work: Thanks Mark!

You can see more of my visual stories on my website at and you can follow my creative journey as my alter ego Dr Suzie Starfish on Facebook ( and @suepillans on Twitter and Instagram.

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