Some of the stories behind the pictures…


Linked in Local Portsmouth

This time at Linked in Local Portsmouth I made a quick graphic recording of the key ideas shared by the panel…

Live illustration at Linked in Local PortsmouthBuilding Perfect Partnerships

This graphic recording was created at Community First’s Building Perfect Partnerships Conference held recently in Winchester. It was a great opportunity to use some of the lettering styles I’d learnt recently and the big title in the middle really adds the wow factor to the piece.  The aim of the event was to bring the charity sector together with local businesses to find out how they can both benefit and loads of excellent ideas were shared.

Graphic recording created for Community First, Hampshire, UK

Community First Building Better Business

#Creative Portsmouth

Portsmouth City Council asked me to draw at their Creative Portsmouth event – celebrating the success of the creative businesses in the City and gathering ideas for their future strategy.  We came up with an idea for a creative skyline and I drew some of the creative buildings in the city and added text to capture the key points from the super speakers. It was a joy to discover we have an internationally renown creative agency in I Love Dust, and to reconnect with local author Pauline Rowson who I last worked with at Business Link many years ago. Pauline is the author of 17 crime books set in the Portsmouth area.

Here is the completed graphic recording:

Live Illustration captured at the Creative Portsmouth event by Emma Paxton

Imagistic Graphic Recording at Creative Portsmouth

I also took along and set up a couple of graffiti walls to capture ideas from the audience. They were asked to add their thoughts to the wall throughout the event.


Linked In Local & Vostron

The LinkedIn Local events have been popping up everywhere and we have just had our second event in Portsmouth and I was delighted to work with Vostron on this event. They wanted a way to engage the audience and get them thinking about the benefits of hyperfast broadband to their businesses. I designed a postcard and we asked everyone to fill in their ideas and hand them to me so I could add them to the board with over the course of the evening. There was a prize for the best idea, chosen by the MD of Vostron – and the winning idea is highlighted with blue dashes below. Having their ideas illustrated live encouraged the audience to get creative with their responses and compete for the prize.

live illustration

Live illustration at Linked in Local Portsmouth for Vostron

I really enjoyed this event because I love chatting to people and drawing their ideas – and it’s great when they ask to take a photo afterwards, and even better when they ask if they can share it!  Live illustration at networking events really seems to work – it gets people talking, sharing photos and contributing their ideas.


100 Game Changers

Possibly my biggest challenge yet – 100 business tips in one day – from top UK speakers Karen Murray, Ian Dickson and Brad Burton.  So many great ideas to help local business leaders grow and develop their businesses.  With about 3 minutes to draw each tip I really had to be on the ball but it was great fun and I loved fitting the story into the little boxes.  And my favourites? No.46 – Love Every Day. No.55 – Will it make the boat go faster, and No.84 – Say thank you.  

The Creative Expo

Another event where I learnt so much from the presenters – this was Hampshire’s first Creative Expo, aimed at the creative industries and supported by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Southdowns College it brought together students, businesses and the University of Portsmouth to celebrate the wealth of creative businesses in our region – and I felt very at home!

I recorded a series of keynote presentations on A0 size boards and the presenters got to take them home as a thank you for supporting the event.  Great to meet the team from the University of Portsmouth and hear about the future of building technology, BandV Marketing about the future of creativity in the marketplace, lovely Nigel George from Artecology on the Isle of Wight who makes vertical rock pools to help sea creatures survive in man made environments and finally local business man Gethin Jones who talked us through his life story from prison to entrepreneur and the importance of setting Big Hairy Audacious Goals.

Visual Minutes for keynote presentations at The Creative Expo



Hampshire Meet the Buyer

Local entrepreneur Rebecca Lodge ran the 2nd Hampshire Meet the Buyer event this spring and invited me to draw mini-stories on a networking wall to help link some of the visitors and exhibitors to the show.  It was a super day and I met lots of really enthusiastic business owners and corporate buyers looking to develop business locally.  Here are a few of my favourites…


Graphic Recording Mini Stories for visitors to Hampshire Meet the Buyer


Portsmouth University opened their doors to local businesses at #U2B2018 and invited me along to graphic record some of the ways that businesses can benefit from the research taking place within the University.  Absolutely fascinating to learn about the huge range of opportunities available – who knew it’s possible to 3d print a microbe!

Digital Graphic Recording

I love drawing on my IPad Pro!   Here are a few examples of digital graphic recordings I’ve made recently. If you like the idea of a digital recording I can plug my IPad into a projector so the audience can watch the drawing take shape. Of course you also get instantly shareable images as the event unfolds and they can be printed up to A0 size for display.

University of Portsmouth – Employability Conference

This one day event included a keynote presentation, a series of workshops where staff fed back the key points and a student panel to close the day. The finished graphic recording was scanned and is being used within the university to share the outcomes of the event.


Willmott Dixon Team Meeting

Willmott Dixon asked me to scribe for them at their recent Team Meeting and this is the result. It was a big event with 300 plus delegates so regular updates were projected onto the screens and a film created of the drawing process.

I also created an event invite, welcome slide and notes-page/action plan to support the event.  The original graphic recording was scanned and has been printed on canvas for display in their offices and on-site.

Graphic Recording and visual widgets for Willmott Dixon

Gosport Enterprise Fair – #GEW2106

The second event was the Gosport Enterprise Fair organised by our Local MP Caroline Dinenage and the Solent LEP. The event was attended by a host of business support organisations and celebrated business success in our town. Eight short presentations were followed by a Q&A. The colour was added digitally to this version of the graphic recording and the original drawing is to be displayed in the offices of X-Forces in London.


Glorious Food Dorset

At Glorious Food Dorset I started drawing the template as everyone arrived and then added content as the discussion unfolded over the next few hours.  It was a great event and the feedback was fabulous with delegates coming up during the event to ensure their ideas and products were included in the graphic recording.

Colour was added post event to bring the drawing to life.

Graphic Recording at Glorious Food Dorset

Kingfisher Conference

This was a wonderful multi-faceted project! Preparation included event branding, visual agenda, signage, welcome cards, question cards, slide templates and more. At the event I was part of the delivery team and worked closely with the facilitator to create visual notes throughout the conference.  We created a wealth of material and after the event I was asked to bring all the images and photos together to design and print a 30+ page souvenir Conference Book for each delegate.


Pure 360

Digital graphic recordings created live at the Pure 360 Email Summit. All drawn on my ipad and shared after the event on Twitter and with the delegates.

How to have more fun in business!

Here’s another graphic recording created during a keynote for Sheryl Andrews of Step by Step Listening:

Emmas graphic recording


Graphic Recording at Your Book is the Hook Launch

I have to include this one as it’s my first ever live Graphic Recording back in 2015!  I worked with Karen Williams on some illustrations for her book, supporting sketchnotes of her webinar series and at her launch event. We have gone on to do more work together, most recently book illustrations for one of her clients.

Graphic Recording - Your Book is the Hook Launch event

Graphic Recording – Your Book is the Hook Launch event