First order of business: gather inspiration!
I decided to make a mood board to help get the creatives juices flowing, and to have something more than just a folder of images on my laptop.
I looked online for sources, gathering mostly from Instagram since a lot of really talented artists shared their work there. I printed out a bunch of pictures and I was ready to start pinning. At first I was going to just rearrange the pictures on a white sheet of paper but I found that it looked a little plain and pretty uninspiring.
Betsey, my advisor suggested I get creative and treat this board just like an art project. She proposed putting down a background first and building from there. I chose bright colors, similar to a lot of the color schemes of the artwork I had found (and just what I prefer in general). Already it looked much better after the initial background layer. I continued to go with it and add more and more to the paper, using other supplies that I had brought.
I'm pretty happy with how the final product turned out and it really does inspire me every time I look at it. I think this mood board is very indicative of what I hope my picture books will be, a making new of something already existing, in a way that is uniquely mine.