Another factor is when it is 2am, and I have another couple hours ahead (or any other time I'm low on energy), I'll put in some ACDC....Ozric Tentacles...whatever I need to get jacked back up so I can get through.
I like to hear musics in other languages than my own... but in the end, I almost don't notice the sound, I don't even notice that dozens of musics already played, since I get really focused on the drawing, but the music helps even if I don't "hear" it.
I'm a synesthete, so I actually find that I either gravitate to music whose colors fit the painting I'm working on, or the painting will take on the colors of the music I listen to. It helps me get into the right mindset, especially during the idea generating process. I'd never be able to listen to car-driving music (for me, hard rock) while trying to paint. Just me, though.
I learned to paint drinking coffee and listening to rock music.
It would be weird doing it without.
In freshman year of college I got stuck with roommates who liked to play Kenny G and Yanni constantly... Headphones and heavy metal were the only things preventing me from murdering them and their stereo.
I don't have any constants, I change mixes depending on what mood I'm in. For a while it was mostly Massiv in Mensch. Right now my miracle mix seems to be Astral Projection, Eat Static, and Birdy Nam Nam. Next month it'll be something else.
Though the entire Electric Ladyland album at 5:00am almost always works wonders...
(@Jeff: if you like Ozric Tentacles, you might like Eat Static... Same guy, if I'm not mistaken...)
Like others have said I get lost in my own thoughts without music. Same logic as why I can't sleep without a fan or some kind of white noise. I just start to sit there and think... .. about anything.... and everything.... ....
Also as others have said lol, I like to listen to music often that helps get into the scene in my head. Helps a bit more when trying to mess around with comics where your trying to get fitting emotions/dialogue for the panels. Here's a sad scene I'll play sad music (Of course I have the bad habit of when trying to get a face down I'm usually making the face I'm trying to draw too and whoever said it takes more muscles to frown than smile is lying).
Whatever picks the oranges...
However, when it comes to judging the result - turn it off. A background soundtrack will hype what you're looking at.
If you want to know what your new date really looks like, get away from the low lights and see them in a neutral, white, silent, light.
From Gegarin's point of view
It's pretty nice to draw with music, since it gives me some quick inspiration sometimes, but then I run into several problems:
-switch songs => switch mood => switch mood of drawing
-no song lasts long enough.
-if I listen to a song without paying enough attention to it, I'll end up killing my enthusiasm for the song, and I won't be able to get 'into' that song anymore. This can happen in no time.
That last one is the worst part, but that's the way I'm wired, so I play music while drawing very sparingly.
Personally I get distracted when I listen to music and most often it ends up with me browsing the web crouched real close to the screen vibrating my right leg. But sometimes. Usually I prefer either silence or have some movies, series, someone talking in the background.
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