At this month's meeting Carol Heyer spoke of her Pinterest site, and why she found it a valuable tool as an artist--as well as being a fun and addictive pastime. I was intrigued, not having understood the possibilities of Pinterest as another means of promoting our work and creating our personal "brand". Carol's site is a wonderful way to enjoy a large selection of her work. The images in her many Pinterest categories such as People and Portraits, Still Life and Textures, Fun, and Art That Inspires are now favorites of mine.
As usual, I have taken the old-fashioned non-techie path and have a great fondness for the artist's inspiration (or vision) board which I can see from my art table. In keeping with this post's theme, both Pinterest and an inspiration board can be described as a "Feast for the Eye"!
The value of an illustrator's board is different from Pinterest, but also is fun and has been helpful when working on book or magazine illustrations. When I was working on my picture book about a girl folk artist in early America, I gathered voluminous files of research images of the period. Having some of the favorite images always in front of me as I worked kept me immersed in my subject and helped me keep focused and excited about my vision of the book.
Now, let's see...Pinterest... If I can figure out how to navigate it, it really does look like fun!
Be sure and check out Carol's Pinterest site: fantastic and intriguing and beautifully planned out!