Picture your ideas

Dr Sue Pillans_Picture your ideas_visual storytelling

WELCOME to my visual storytelling where I picture your ideas to help make the complex simple and the simple compelling.

I am a marine scientist, visual artist, graphic recorder and children’s author/illustrator who specialises in creative and visual communications to “Picture your ideas“.

As a graphic recorder I combine my experience as a scientist and artist with my active listening skills to ‘draw out’ information, ideas and concepts in real-time (hand drawn). I do this by listening to and interpreting information which I then quickly synthesise and simplify into words and pictures to create your visual story. I also utilise these skills to synthesise and translate complex issues and information into hand drawn infographics and illustrations.

Visual stories are created to suit your visual needs and tailored to your audiences and can be created in-person (and live) or remotely. For example, I can draw out your stories live at events, workshops and meetings, remotely via zoom/skype calls, webinars and online streaming platforms and via written or audio information such as meeting notes, reports, strategic documents, audio transcripts, phone calls, emails etc. You can see more of my live graphic recording and drawing in the time-lapse videos below.

Since starting my small business I have created visual stories for over 60 organisations across Australia and the South East Asian region. My creative and visual services include:

  • Graphic Recording & sketchnoting (live & remote)
  • Infographics & illustrations (including time-lapse videos*)
  • Visual workshops
  • Wall mural artworks
  • Working with kids (marine art-science)
  • Children’s picture books (as Dr Suzie Starfish)
  • Nature education
  • Science communication workshops
  • Original artworks
  • *Time-lapse videos require a third-party video producer


When I picture your ideas I help to make the complex simple and the simple compelling and I can picture any idea, topic or concept from anywhere. For example, I can “draw out” the information, ideas and issues from the following:

  • Presentations
  • Publications
  • Planning days
  • Proposals
  • Podcasts & Webinars
  • Papers
  • Plenary’s
  • PhDs
  • Policy & legislation
  • Phone calls, teleconferences, streamed events etc
  • …the list is endless!

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Visual stories are a powerful way to engage with your audience, not only live during events and workshops, but after the event when the visual story is shared with attendees, colleagues and staff as a visual reminder of the key messages and ‘big picture’. Your visual stories can also be transformed in many creative and useful ways, as you can see below!

Queensland Agworkforce Summit_Queensland Farmers Federation_DrSuePillans2022

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You can also dive into my ocean storytelling as children’s Author/Illustrator (“Authorstrator“) Dr Suzie Starfish, where I use marine art and science storytelling to engage, educate, excite and empower children that they CAN be the change they want to ‘sea’ in the world!

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You can see more of my visual storytelling and communications using the art of science over on my YouTube channel @drsuepillans

I have always been drawn to the ocean and my happy place somewhere over Rainbow Beach. This small coastal community is located along the Cooloola Coast in regional Queensland. This is where I get my illustration inspiration, plenty of ‘Vitamin Sea’ and time to relax, enjoy and explore nature.

You can Contact me to find out how I can help you to “Picture your ideas” (email me at sue.pillans@internode.on.net).

Copyright all images, videos, photos, stories © 2023 Dr Sue Pillans. All rights reserved.

8 thoughts on “Picture your ideas

    • Thanks so much Hungry! Really appreciate the positive feedback on my graphic recording. Always great working with CSIRO and the Torres Strait community.


  1. Love the new website. It is great working with you, giving presentations on the Great Barrier Reef to school kids and for teacher training


    • Thank you Dr Julia! Great working with you, the school kids and their teachers to help them to “picture their ideas”!


  2. Congratulations Suzie Starfish. What an extraordinary young woman you have become. I love your concepts and wow, your photographs are excellent. Well done! Toni F.


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