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Working music - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
Working music
Painting (of course) has filled my day again. This piece is almost finished. At a loose guess, slicing out my frequent breaks to check Ebay / LJ / Facebook / email, I must've put about 20 hours into this... I'm a slow artist, painting or cartooning. This weekend with Damian is going to be GREAT practice though, lots of sketching. The subject matter will most likely be 'sexy toony pinup babes', because of course that's exactly what you'd expect as the favourite subject matter of a gay guy and a (mostly) straight girl.

Anyway, to get to the point in a roundabout way, today's working music is Evanescence. Laff it up, guys, I know they're totes emo, but for some reason they really get my drawing groove on. I think it's because their music is all "I R INTENSE AND SRS AND OBSESSIVE AND STUFF" which is lines up precisely with my natural drawing groove... even when I'm drawing small, goofy toons. CARTOONING: SRS BZNS.

What do you guys listen to while drawing? Does it differ from your usual music choices? Do you find you have trouble focusing if the music has lyrics? (I can't listen to anything but classical or score while writing, but drawing is another matter.) Your artsy habits, tell me them.

On Wednesday night, Joe's having dinner with a friend who is having some troubles, so I'll be at loose ends. At least, I would have been at loose ends once upon a time. This time, I thought about rustling up a mate or two for hangout time, but then I thought... nah. Being single left me with a huge appreciation for me-time. I'm ashamed to remember how often I was at loose ends if Joe went off and did something without me before the breakup. Let's not even mention how long it took me to adjust to being on my own FULL-STOP. Palm, meet face.

So I guess that off-topic last paragraph was me being all, "Dude, I was kinda lame, but now I rule?" I have now evolved to the stage where I supply my own asspats. If I were a pokemon I'd just have turned into asspatmon, and be wandering around squeaking "Asspats. ASSpats!"
5 have fought ~ fight the power!
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skywing From: skywing Date: July 22nd, 2008 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I actually tend to listen to either dance/trance music when I draw (fairly unsusual from my usual listening habits) or awesome eighties rock (not so unusual). Upbeat, bright, energetic music always works fantastic for me when drawing or painting.

I know I can't focus too well on writing though if I have music with lyrics on in the background. At that point it's back to classical and relaxation music, often from the lovely pan pipes of Tony O'Connor.
xxbalaaxx From: xxbalaaxx Date: July 22nd, 2008 06:53 am (UTC) (Link)
For me, it really depends on what I am trying to accomplish with a piece. If I want something soft/gentle, I tend to listen to similar music..if I want to draw something energetic and dynamic, I switch gears...but there are some specific tracks, that for some reason, really rev me up and get my art groove going..no matter how much I listen to them. I am thankful no one sits with me when Im arting, they would go MAD listening to the same track on a loop XD. I willll listen to music out of my norm if it gets my muse rolling, music is such an awesome medium for creation :D.
jemshed From: jemshed Date: July 22nd, 2008 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I listen to whatever feels good. I tend to change my music depending on my mood, so that happens when I draw too. Sometimes I get in a mood where I can't listen to music at all, and then I'll put on a movie or TV in the background. I don't tend to get too distracted from my drawings, but when I write I usually prefer silence, since it lets me focus on whatever sensation I'm trying to describe. Of course if I'm describing listening to music I'd be listening to whatever I was wanting to write about...
scoutlostthewar From: scoutlostthewar Date: July 23rd, 2008 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't really art as such but if I'm studying or reading, generally it has to be done in SILENCE!

Yes, I am one of *those* people you find at the library :D
5 have fought ~ fight the power!