Services on paper: graphic recording, sketch notes, workshops

Yen Azzaro is a specialist is translating ideas on to paper through illustration and stylized text. She offers pre, post and real time graphic recording (on big paper ) or sketch notes (on smaller paper). Her services have been used for board retreats, Fortune 500 company strategizing, visioning for non-profits, and pure entertainment for conferences attended by thousands. 

Yen is available for illustration commissions too. Contact her directly at

Services on paper: graphic recording, illustration communication

Totally Sketchy Workshop

Sketch notes workshop (see below for sketch notes services)

8 hours (including breaks and lunch) 

Minimum/maximum # of attendees: 12 minimum, 40 maximum

This package is a full day course in the the method of sketch notes, taking notes in text and illustration, for your professional and personal benefit. This practice grows your ability to recall, engage with new content, and is just plain fun. Learn how to distill your thoughts and get them on paper to share succinct and practical information to share with colleagues. Starting with a basic drawing lesson and how to organize information using scale, colors, and form, this is an exciting daylong workshop for the serial doodler or kid at heart. 

Use sketch notes for studying, learning, listening, sharing, wowing at dinner parties. Ideal for corporate, non profit, academic, strategic planning, visioning and more. 


  • Initial consultation
  • PDF downloads 
  • All materials included
  • Support via email and phone for 1 week post-workshop

Sample schedule:

  • Introduction
  • Sketch notes example
  • Drawing 101
  • 15 min break
  • Form, shape, color
  • Font types 
  • Lunch
  • Work time
  • Sharing
  • 15 min break
  • Sketch notes exercises   
  • Sharing and review

Pleases note, pricing will not include transportation and accommodation fees. For more information or to book your workshop, contact Yen at

Graphic Recording

Fly (girl) on the Wall  

Daylong graphic recording services

Minimum/maximum # of attendees: NA

Half, full, and multi-day 

What is Graphic Recording? 

Graphic recording is the process of note-taking with illustration. Presentations are synthesized in real time into colorful drawings and hand lettering, intriguing viewers the day of the event. The end result is a large scale illustration, a resource for revisiting the content of an event long after its over. Think of it as a journey, a kind of visual storytelling.

Graphic recording keeps attendees engaged, entertained, awake — and off their phones! Graphic recording is an excellent service for corporate retreats, conferences, brainstorming sessions, team-building exercises, design thinking strategy, hackathons, educational purposes and more. Digital illustrations (for a separate fee) can be produced after the event. The Paper Pusher style is known for being comprehensive and layered, allowing viewers to delve deeply into each illustration through different paths. 

The Process

We start with a 20-minute phone consultation to discuss the event you would like captured. Some questions you may be asked include: 

"How many people will be in the room?"

"How will you use the recording when the event is over?" (Some ideas include press releases, social media, internal communications, external stakeholder e-blasts...)

"What priority ideas would you like attendees to walk away with?"

Once the details are agreed upon, an estimate is sent and a digital signature with deposit locks in your date. The paper drawings are yours to keep to scan, frame, or manipulate for future use. Arrangements can also be made to ship the drawings to you for an additional fee.  


  • Initial phone consultation + deep dive consultation prior to event
  • Preparation and research
  • Paper illustration(s) for keeps (on average, two hours of content = one graphic recording)
  • Fresh markers and paper per event

Pleases note, pricing will not include transportation and accommodation fees. For more information or to book your graphic recording services, contact Yen at


Our attendees loved watching Yen work and treasured her work not only as a memento of our event, but also as a tool to be able to walk their colleagues and friends through what transpired at our hackathon. I cannot recommend Yen enough – her talent, charm, and professionalism made it such a delight to partner with her!

                      -Rona Schoeppe, Ford Motor Co.

Client List

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

City of Ann Arbor

Downtown Detroit Partnership


Duo Security

Eastern Michigan University

Fair Food Network

Ford Motor Co. 

German Marshall Fund


Jewish Community Relations Council 

Michigan Science Center

NEW Solutions for Non-Profits 

Rise of the Rest with Steve Case



The Andersons

The John R. Oishei Foundation 

The Joint Center for Political and 

      Economic Studies

The Kresge Foundation 

United Way of Washtenaw County

University of Michigan


Wayne-Westland Community Schools

We the People Growers' Association 

Sketch Notes

Totally Sketchy Services

Sketch notes services 

Minimum/maximum # of attendees: NA

Half, full, and multi-day 

Much like graphic recording, sketch notes capture the content of what is being said in real time. It's fresh and active, but smaller on high-quality 11 x 14" drawing paper. Content is captured sitting in the crowd. That means viewers are paying attention to the person speaking but you still have the benefit of a drawing at the end of the event for marketing, publicity, internal messaging, and external branding usage. This is a widely used method for educational and organizational gatherings.


  • Initial consultation + one deep dive consultation prior to event
  • Preparation and research
  • Paper sketch note(s) for keeps (on average, one hour of content=one sketch note)

Pleases note, pricing will not include transportation and accommodation fees. For more information or to book your workshop, contact Yen at