Except, as it turned out, it wasn't against the law - not quite. As I learned later, every provincial government in Canada had such a rule: no drawing during sessions. So the Alberta Legislature was quick to put the sketching to a stop. However, when someone checked later, it was discovered that this wasn't actually law in Alberta. Apparently this had never come up before (hadn't any gallery-sitter like myself ever gotten bored and started doodling??), and the law had never officially been passed. I was told that, after this, the law would be passed forthwith. So, thanks to this picture, a nice new Albertan law. I wonder if that actually did happen. I didn't stick around to find out. But I did get my sketch back (along with some gracious apologies when everyone realized I was just a bored art student and not some sneaky reporter trying to capture the hidden details of the Assembly's inner workings).
That was a far cry from today's committee meeting at the Calgary City Hall, during which anyone and everyone in attendance was free to tweet, photograph, message, and otherwise create artistic recordings of the proceedings.
Which brings me to the graphic recording stuff.
Why would the Engage Review team think of doing something like this? Partly just to illustrate the fact that there are multiple ways to present information, and that sometimes a creative approach can make information more accessible to a wider audience. (I did some graphic recording for them at their recent event Continue the Conversation, of which you can see a very nice little video here.)
Good, in theory. I'm not sure how well I was able to illustrate the lightning-paced presentation and discussion that ensued - with a lot of content to capture, there wasn't as much time to draw. I think I recorded the question-and-answer part well enough, but I'm not sure how clearly I was able to convey the content of the presentation. My other challenge was not knowing how to pace myself - was this going to be a ten-minute rubber stamp, or a day-long debate? I'm actually not sure how long I drew - over half an hour, but under an hour, I think. Here's the picture that was there when the discussion ceased (and the initiative approved - congrats, Engage Review!):
Luckily, I had the chance afterwards to colour things in, tidy things up, and try to make the whole mad scramble a bit more visually appealing. Here are some details: