Let your mood board undergo a reality check
Following the guidelines of my last tip, your mood board may by now be ready to be seen by others. At this point, always be careful with the copyrights of the mood material because sharing will be a form of publication for which you actually need a license of each copyright holder and the models shown (and on top of that the legal prerequisites are different in every country). In order to be on the complete safe side here, you can find a good range of useful creative commons photos on stock photo platforms some of which even offer images for free, e.g. Unsplash, Pexels, or pixabay. If you’re seeking even more professional content that was for example published in fashion magazines earlier, you can find a good variety on gettyimages, however, you’ll need to invest a bit of cash in it. Besides the copyright aspect, this article treats a few further stages where you’ll be able to touch up the mood board and make it a masterpiece.
A Line is a Travelling Dot
Nude drawings and fashion photography equally address the human figure and its shapes that get formed solid by light. They are snapshots of short instants, a documentation of the current condition, that will pass soon. With fashion photography, it’s moreover the current zeitgeist to be captured by photo.
Especially today drawings are located between art and design. Old printing techniques like etching or letterpress can be stylistic devices at the designer’s work, but in these digital ages they are not a necessary part anymore, so they may be classified as art. Still, we love handmade things. It’s individual, unique, precious, and made with love for detail. For the designer of handmade things, as for the photographer producing pictures in a photo lab, it means more creative freedom and a greater, but also more obvious effort. We all identify with hand creature better because we ourselves feel special and unique, as well as we feel transient.