Gathering & Arranging References
When an artistic project is conceived, it often happens that you can not do without references. But it’s inconvenient and inefficient to just open the images in Google or to collect them in a folder. It is much easier and faster to use special tools, and let’s see what are they.
The first one is — PureRef application for MS Windows, MacOS and Linux. It can be downloaded for a symbolic donation (optional, but desirable) and quickly installed on the computer. The interface of the application looks like a simple dark gray screen, where you can drag and drop the desired pictures right from the browser and arrange them in any order, place them in rows, arrange by size or whatever. Then the screen with the collected pictures can be saved to a special format file and opened in this application in future. Transparency of the application interface can be adjusted so that it does not interfere with other windows. Here’s how it looks:
The second one is reference images that are always in your pocket. I mean the notable Pinterest.com. There was a time I actively saved pictures in it, and then I abandoned it, but now I am actively keepint it once again, and here’s why. Firstly, in Pinterest, you can instantly save images, united by the theme of our project, and view them from any device. Secondly, it is possible (and very useful!) to maintain your own visual library. What is it and why is it so good for you?
The fact is that we do not live in a vacuum, and good ideas and works do not appear out of nowhere. Our successes are the result of our experience, knowledge, “vision”, awareness of the best samples in our field. Of course, if you like the work of some artist, it wouldn’t be a good idea to try to copy them thoughtlessly. But it IS a great idea to look at them, analyze, try to understand what you like about them and why. Collecting the images that we like (pictures in a certain technique, beautiful combinations of colors, examples of composition, subjects) in one place, we create our visual library and form our background, our knowledge and ideas about what the beautiful is. By the way, take a look at my Pinterest account.