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Inspiration & Mood boards

Updated: May 1, 2021

In this video you will learn how to search for inspiration and produce Mood Boards for your GCSE art sketchbooks.

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When you are about to begin working on a creative project or a theme, you might feel stuck and don’t know where to start. A little bit of inspiration can help you get the wheel turning. So where and how do you look for inspiration?

Inspiration is all around us. It could be a personal experience, an activity you enjoy such as dancing or sports, or a story you read somewhere or even a poem. It can even be an experience of a sunset, or places that you can visit, such as a botanic garden, a museum exhibit, or a festival. It could also be a book, music or song lyrics, films, or even games. Inspiration can be found everywhere! But before you go and start looking for inspiration, I suggest the first thing you do is to create a mind map or spider diagram. Do check out my video on ‘Mind Map’ to see how you can do that. The mind map will be a great starting point for you to jot some ideas and concepts down and use those as keywords to search for inspirational material.

So do that first, create your mind map and have it in front of you and then go ahead and google your keywords. Search for artists, designers, films, books, music, and topics that you personally find interesting and of course relate to the theme. Collect material and print out lots of images and create a mood board or as I like to call it, an inspiration page. A mood board is basically a collage, an arrangement of images, materials, and pieces intended to communicate a general idea or feeling about a particular topic. You can create one or a 2 full pages of inspirational material and make sure you have a variety of images of artists’ or designers’ work, photography and if you like you can also incorporate text and phrases within it. Colour palettes can also be a great way to express a particular mood, so you can also add some colour, paint the background or design patterns and shapes that relate to the theme, before sticking your images.

A mood board or an inspiration page is basically a visual presentation to help you get started with some sketches. And you can always come back to it whenever you get stuck and need more ideas. Also, you can combine ideas and mix elements from the different images you have collected and create your unique studies for your theme.

I hope you found this helpful… Is there anything specific you want to ask me? Tell me about your questions or concerns, in the comments below. Also don’t forget to grab the guides at the link below and book for your first free trial for online tutoring.

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· Download the guide ‘Quick Tips for GCSE in Art Students’, from the link below to help you prepare for your art studies.

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