How to use Pinterest to plan illustrations

For the longest time, I’ve kept a folder called something like References when I’m working on bigger illustration projects. As you can imagine this folder is full of images of inspiration, reference, poses, etc and taking up an unimaginable amount of space on my computer. This was until I learned I could use Pinterest in the same way. I’m going to show you an easy way to set-up a reference board on Pinterest to help you plan your Illustrations a bit better.

Create a Board

I’m going to assume you already have an account set-up – if not, go do that and come back.  From here you want to create a new board. Here are a couple pictures of how to do that if you’re not sure. I like to set mine to secret for bigger projects because it’s such a mishmash of things.

Create a board in Pinterest.

Create a board on Pinterest.

Name your board and choose settings.

Name your board and choose settings.

Add Sections

They’ve made some really nice update to boards and now you can add sub-sections. This really helps to keep things organized. For this project, I made sections for Pose, Reference, and Inspiration.

Add as much reference or inspiration as you want.

Add as much reference or inspiration as you want.

Add images

Once you’ve got your board set-up all you have to do is search for reference and add it to your board. From there, everything is neat and organized and ready for the sketching process. You can either add links directly in Pinterest or use the handy browser button to add images. This has the added benefit of making it easy to credit any reference you’d need to. Here’s the finished sketch, ready to be colored. And a link to my board if you’re curious.

Sylvanas Illustration

Sylvanas Sketch.

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