I’m late to the game, but there’s this thing people do called “building aesthetic boards on Pinterest.” My friend Dani introduced me to the concept and then another email pal sent me links to her own aesthetic boards. I have to admit, there’s a certain charm to putting pictures together to create a feel, so I figured I’d try my hand at it.
I created a Character board with sub boards for my four POVs that I’m working with in Isto. Apparently the widget doesn’t let you link to just sub boards, so all of my different characters are mashed together, displayed with my latest pins first. But since their POVs eventually intertwine, I suppose I’m okay with it. I think if you actually go to Pinterest, it’ll let you drill down to the sub boards so you can see which images I picked for each character.
I never got the hang of Pinterest for marketing (and I still have no idea how that would even work), but as a consumer of visuals, I do like poking around the app in my spare time. I hunt down recipes, pose references for sketching, tutorials for digital painting, and even tips on how to draw maps. It sure beats having an exorbitant amount of bookmarks that I forget to return to, since I can just pull it up on my phone and they’re already grouped how I want them.
Have you heard of this aesthetic trend before? I know other people build collages with the same intent, but I avoid using other people’s images without explicit permission so I went the Pinterest route. Plus that’d take extra software beyond my phone. Sure, it might not be a productive use of time, but I am one to indulge my creative habits, especially if I’m just waiting on my kids to get their shoes on so we can go.
Are you on Pinterest? Have you ever built any aesthetic boards/collages for your work? What other venues do you use to express your creative impulses?