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.


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