What do those two pictures have in common?
Pinterest of course!
I recently did a presentation at an awesome local writers and illustrators conference about using pinterest for writing and illustration.
I thought I’d let you lovely blog readers in on some of my brilliant insights. (ha ha, that’s sarcasm right there. You have full right to decide if the insights are brilliant or not.)
First of all I have to give some credit to Katie Davis because she taught me about Pinterest in the first place. It changed my life. (That statement is true no sarcasm there.)
Ok, so first things first Pinterst is a visual bookmarking system. Which is perfect for illustrators. The days are gone when you need file cabnits full of reference and scrap. Now I do it all on Pinterest. I’m not going to go into detail about how Pinterest works here. This post is more to talk about how pinterest helps me with work. Click here to learn a little more about Pinterest basics.
There are three kinds of pin boards I make that I use for my illustration
1. Project specific boards
These are boards I make when I am researching or working on specific illustration projects. Take a look at my Just In Time Book 1 board to see what I mean.
If you look at the pins on this board you may notice that it looks a little hodgepodge and random. This is because I need each pin to solve a certain visual problem. For example in the book I needed to draw the kids in a colonial tavern so I did a google search for taverns, colonial taverns, old fashioned taverns etc. If I found anything that could be useful as far as lighting or props I pinned it on my board.
Other pictures I needed for this book included a kid running through a corn field, an outhouse, a colonial living room, the list goes on.
Another good example of a project specific board is this one by Chris Oatley. This board shows how he needed multiple images to help him create the one finished animal farm image.
2. Inspiration Boards
I’m not really sure if this is the best name to call these boards but “I may or may not need this image for a project some day board” was too long. Hopefully you get the idea though.
I have a lot of these boards. I create them for different historical periods because I enjoy creating historical illustrations and drawing fun costumes. (see my victorian board or my 50’s-70’s board) I refer to them often. I also have boards where I pin paintings or illustrations that inspire me. The possibilities are endless really. You can create boards just for different textures, or boards of different color combinations if those are helpful to you too.
3. Promotion Boards
You can also make boards to help you promote your work online. I could tell you what I’ve done on Pinterest along those lines but I think this article tells it better. Eric VanRaepenbusch created some ipad apps and was very successful marketing them with Pinterest. Go check it out!
So Last but not least if all my rambling doesn’t make sense here is a great video my illustrator friend Shawna made about how she uses Pinterest.