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Finding Your Story


HENRY CHAMBERLAIN, Illustrator * Cartoonist * Graphic Recorder


I’m Henry Chamberlain and I’m going to take you from “word to picture” to meet your goals. I offer services in graphic recording, graphic facilitation, illustration and comics. Contact me about how I can meet your visual storytelling needs.

At Word to Picture you can find whatever you need in graphic recording and illustration services. If you are new to visual storytelling, just consider the samples of my own work here. If you are looking for a way to clarify and simplify what you, or a group, are trying to accomplish, then I can help you by going from “word to picture” and creating a clear road map of your thoughts and goals.

Reach out. Contact me. And we’ll go from there.
Thank you,
Henry Chamberlain

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Part of a series on the U.S. presidents, the above sketchnote provides highlights on FDR. A prominent portrait sets the tone. Concise listings of milestones are balanced with key quotes during FDR’s life and career.

Civil Rights Leader Thaddeus Stevens

A portrait of a forgotten American hero, Thaddeus Stevens.

Ingrid Fetell Lee discusses what it means when we think of joy.

In her book, JOYFUL, Ingrid Fetell Lee explores the aesthetics of joy and how form, color, and patterns can affect us and help us experience joy. This is a graphic recording I created based upon a lecture Fetell presented to the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Calling attention to political prisoner and Rwanda opposition leader Paul Rusesabagina

Paul Rusesabagina was awarded the Medal of Freedom at the White House for his brave efforts sheltering refugees during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Today, he sits in a Rwandan prison on false charges. Organizations like No Business with Genocide seek to raise awareness and ultimately free Mr. Rusesabagina.

A graphic recording I did for the Board of Directors meeting of The International Forum of Visual Practitioners

The IFVP is an international forum for graphic recorders and graphic facilitators. It was an honor to get to sit in on this meeting and provide my skills to this amazing organization.

FedTalks, 24 August 2022, Digital Transformation

These are some highlights of FedTalks, 24 August 2022, on the topic of Digital Transformation. FedTalks is a series of discussions and presentations that brings together some of the greatest minds in the tech, government and academic communities. Now in its 13th year, FedTalks is the premier federal IT event, showcasing the most important conversations on topics like modernization, the evolution of zero trust security, the adoption of emerging technologies like AI and 5G, and the importance of culture, talent and innovative thinking in making the government a more digital institution.

A graphic recording of a NOVA Scribes workshop

NOVA Scribes workshop (find them on Meetup): 15 Sep 2022, Facilitating Decision-Making & Consenus Building.

Salt Spring Health Advancement Network (SSHAN) Summit #1 for 8 February 2021.

I am so happy to have participated as a graphic recorder for this essential part of the Salt Spring Harbor community. Everyone deserves mental health services and SSHAN is a beacon of hope and important resource.

Salt Spring Health Advancement Network (SSHAN) Summit #2 for 15 February 2021.

Salt Spring Health Advancement Network (SSHAN) is what it is all about: giving back to the community! That is a core value for me. It is so rewarding to be able to take my skills and help others. The process is awesome as you create in the moment for such a worthy cause.

Creating a Personal Roadmap

The world of graphic recording has endless possibilities. Anything you see here as a sample of my work can apply to any kind of sketchnoting and beyond. For example, like the personal roadmap above, the process is a lot of fun and the results are incredibly useful.

A graphic recorder (or graphiker) at work.

I have decades of experience, and additional training, with synthesizing concepts to what matters most. It comes natural to me. Each project is rewarding and an adventure.

Providing clarity.

Graphic Recording Sample: Here is a look at what I can do to simplify and clarify a subject. In this sample, I highlight the essential information from the program, The Story of God with Morgan Freeman.


Graphic Facilitation Sample: Here is a look at a problem-solving template that was custom-made for a specific need. Note that, as opposed to a graphic recording which is solely created by me, a graphic facilitation template is for group participation.


I’m available for new projects. Drop me a line, and let’s create something new.

The old linear pattern of thinking by reading and describing from left to right, top to bottom, has many problems in organizing information coming from eyes, ears, etc. For example, the ability to read and understand the context of a book is different from memorizing them simply as sentences.

— Tony Buzan

Art and function work together to get the best results. I can do this for you whether in-person, traditional hand-drawn, all digital, online, or a hybrid format.

I began experimenting with visualizing the rising sun coming up in people’s chests as I talked with them. It began to transform my listening.

— David Sibbet
Frontline Workers: Lexington Candy Shop, New York City

A promotion piece for a book I did featuring the noble egg cream, a symbol of New York City resilience. I focus on having John Philis, the co-owner of Lexington Candy Shop, share about the hardship and determination at the landmark restaurant. I also provide a sense of what is significant, even magical, about the local favorite, the New York egg cream. The red lettering and title, Frontline Workers, gives a sense of urgency during the pandemic.

Many of us grow up thinking of mistakes as bad, viewing errors as evidence of fundamental incapacity. This negative thinking pattern can create a self-fulfilling prophecy, which undermines the learning process. To maximize our learning it is essential to ask: “How can we get the most from every mistake we make?”

— Tony Buzan
Whoever comes are the right people.

Whoever comes are the right people. A very zen-like mellow welcome. Words to live by before you embark upon a graphic facilitation. These words are part of the guiding principles to the Open Space Technology methods invented by Harrison Owen.

Outcomes, Agenda, Roles and Rules. These four categories spell OARRs, which becomes a memory device, if you think of a meeting as being like a river and your process as being like rowing a boat on it. All you need to do to succeed is “grab your OARRs.

— David Sibbet
Always drawing. Always building.

I invite you to go on a creative adventure with me. I am always drawing, writing, exploring, and building. That kind of can-do energy will get us to where we want to go!