PART TWO: Making a Moodboard


baz-luhrmann-strictly-ballroom(A screenshot from Baz Lurrman’s tongue in cheek first feature film: Strictly Ballroom – an image of Tina Sparkles, in her iconic exotic fruit costume, and her matching dance partner, Nathan Starkey.)

For this exercise I chose the word exotic.

For this I needed to learn a few trick on Gimp 2.0, which I found tutorials for here:

I chose to make a moodboard digitally for 2 reasons: Firstly because it combines a few simple techniques that I would like to learn/ practice on Gimp 2.0. Secondly I don’t have any magazines or relevant materials lying around or any money to acquire them with and so finding images online seemed like the perfect (cheapest) solution.

I gathered several different images, seen below.


Here is my visual outcome (moodboard) for this theme:

Exotic Moodboard

N.B. From an Illustrators point of view, when gathering imagery that reflects a theme, it is important to remember that what might resonate with that theme to me may not resonate in the same way with the same theme to someone else. This is to do with culture and location and upbringing, etc. – for example: what is “exotic” to me, a middle-class white twenty-something female from the UK, is probably not the same for say, someone in their 50’s from Tahiti. This kind of representation needs to be carefully considered when thinking about who your main audience is going to be.


PART TWO: An objective drawing

For this exercise I have chosen to make an objective drawing of a pair of glasses. I was trying to become hyper-aware of its textures, physical qualities and uses.


This is a photo of the glasses I drew, but, this photograph seems to have skewed the perspective a little, making them appear slightly wider and more pointed than they actually are.


I spent a little time sketching out the shape of the glasses, to make an accurate outline to work from. After that I carefully observed the glasses and essentially used shading to colour it in. I used a range of pencils from 8B – 3H and smudged some of them with my finger once on the paper, to get a smoother, more plastic-like, texture.


My finished result is fairly minimal and not as accurate as I might have hoped it would turn out. This is because I find drawing from life endlessly frustrating and fairly joyless, so I tried to get it finished as quickly as possible. I recognise that in order to improve my observational drawing skills, I will need to do more of this type of drawing and am considering revisiting this at a later stage – instead, drawing a shoe, in order to understand the differences in textures and not have to focus so much on reflective surfaces (like glass and plastic) that cause me so much grief.

Overall this was a useful but frustrating exercise.