Digital cameras are, in a word, awesome. Since they’ve become more affordable and easier to use over the last 15 years, almost every traveler has become an amateur photographer in their own right, snapping pictures to show friends and family from high up on Machu Picchu, in front of the White House, or in a crowded souk in Morocco. The quality of shots with a point-and-shoot may be the same as it was with a film camera, but at least you get a second, third, or even fourth chance to get it right.
Still, critics lament the proliferation of bad pictures on sites like Flickr and wonder if artistic ability has just been thrown out the window, again. Well, there’s good news! Pen and paper are still readily available on the market and it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere anytime soon. Therefore, if you’re interested in capturing your trip from a different angle, a recent article in Make offers inspiration on how you set aside the camera for a second and sketch out your trip the old-fashioned way.
One particular traveler, Meagan O’Brien, illustrated that fairly simple sketches of your travels can easily kick you out of your Instagram or Hisptamatic addiction. All you really need is a sturdy travel journal, such as a Moleskine, a few drawing instruments from your local art store, and the will to go for it– after all, you don’t need to emulate Leonardo da Vinci or Vincent Van Gogh to create. Whether you’re creating elaborate sketches or simply drawing stick-figures, the point is to take a break from looking through the viewfinder of your digital and make something that won’t just end up on your computer’s hard drive or the Facebook servers for an eternity. Of course, you can also upload your images (like Meagan did) and share your artistic chops with your friends. Strike a balance between digital and analog, and your audience will be most impressed.