"...the ideal record of laboratory work in Zoology consists of both drawing and notes." -Maurice Bigelow, Teaching of Botany and Nature Study, 1904
This practice goes by a lot of different names and so branding is popular in this area (like using the trade marked name Claymation instead of calling it what it is, stop-motion animation). Regardless of what you call it or whose method you want to look into, it has stood the test of time and the importance of actually holding a drawing tool and using it to bring your non-solid thoughts into a solid world will continue on.
Below is a sketchbook page from 1999 that contains its own mixture of drawing and writing. The notes were created during a conversation between an artist and teacher about possible ideas for a kids art project.
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