What do you do while you work?

  • @TessaW Love First aid Kit!

  • @Emma-T I'm very much the same. White noise is a great background sound for initial sketching.

    Speaking of Neil Gaiman did you listen to Sandman yet? I just finished my recent painting along with that

  • Ooh fun reading what everyone does. Let’s see- when I’m concepting/writing I can’t have another dialogue going on (my head is riddled with it!) so usually it’s silence, ambience/rain, classical, lofi/bossanova, or movie/game scores that fit with the theme I am writing.

    I’ll list the last media’s I listened to-
    Classical: Gustav Holst’s The Planets (inspired John Williams!)
    Lofi: YouTube video Nintendo and Lofi III by Nintendo and chill
    Game soundtrack: Ori and the Blind Forest (listened to as I did the dragonfly prompt)

    When I’m doing the rendering and my brain wants to hear other things I switch to musicals, 2d animated films, podcasts, and old movies.

    Last ones I watched/listened:
    Fiddler on the Roof
    Howls Moving Castle
    Critical Role (YouTube channel)
    Imaginary Worlds Podcast
    The Apartment

  • I listen to music, audiobooks, podcasts or videos on you tube. When I am doing something that requires more thinking I usually listen to music since audiobooks require too much attention. I also use music to get in the correct mood for example if I am drawing a space themed illustration I listened to music from scifi movies or electric music, something to get me in the mood.

  • @Gary-Wilkinson is sandman comes with audio book? I have to check it out.

  • @xin-li the website "audible" did a special version of it with some great actors. Neil Gaiman even narrates it 🙂

  • I like to listen to music while thumbnailing and doing the earlier stages of a piece that are more about being creative. Once I get to technical stuff like line work where I don’t have to think up ideas or anything I switch to podcasts.

  • Most days while working, I cycle through, and in no particular order:

    • Sports talk radio
    • Illustration podcasts (usually 3 Point Perspective or The Illustration Department)
    • All types of books on tape
    • YouTube art demos
    • Alternative and indie rock (sometimes chill, sometimes hard and heavy, depending on how fast I need to work)
    • Jazz and animated film soundtracks (when I need to focus on anything that I have to write)

  • I listened to creepy pastas for a while, but I had to stop, because I would lay awake at night thinking about all those monsters that were most definitely right next to or under my bed waiting for me. So now I am back to podcasts, movies/series, music or "draw with me" YouTube videos. But if I am really into my work, I work in silence.

  • I find myself watching friends over and over again, it makes me relax because I already know what is going to happen next and I get a good laugh, sometimes i watch real time drawing videos for artists to get inspired

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    Today, I am going to be listening/watching Anna Daviscourt's livestream on Behance because she has one of the most soothing, bubbly demeanor's I've engaged with in a long time. I feel like I have permission to do my own work instead of watching constantly. I used to watch livestreams on Twitch for a while, but for some reason it became grueling. I also listen to audiobooks once in a while but they demand a bit too much of my active attention to actually feel like I've accomplished a lot. There are some streaming YouTube channels with lo-fi/chill music I enjoy when trying to wind down , and some other studio music producers (Ikson, and Ehrling) that I rely upon to keep my energy up. Of course, the 3-Point-Perspective podcast is also one I listen to, and I can listen to that one multiple times and glean new understandings every time.

  • Sometimes I listen to podcasts or YouTube videos. More often it will be a movie on my portable DVD player. Harry Potter, Hocus Pocus, and the Santa Claus movies are favorites. 🙂

  • When I'm painting now I listen to music, no tv, phone is off. Long time back, if I got stuck, I picked up my guitar or flute.

  • @Pinky hocus pocus will be on my watch list come Halloween. It reminds that last year during Christmas I decided to watch all the Christmas Carol movies from oldest to newest as I worked. I think I managed to watch nearly all of them aside from some I couldnt find online

  • Listening to audio while you work

    When he was just starting out as an animator at Disney, Richard Williams once asked the legendary Milt Kahl (chief animator on the Jungle Book) this question…


  • Recently not watching anything or listening to anything, except the gorgeous summer rains that just won't stop. And the cicada's, now crickets.
    I also have 60's and 70's classic hits repeating in my head/body/soul over and over again.

    Because I'm focused on doing my assignments here at SVSlearn😆
    But, that means, I AM watching and listening to something.
    The courses. And they're good.

    Haven't played a video game(can I still call it that?), for years. Because,...I LOVE THEM SOOO MUCH!!!
    If I play a game, I won't give myself time to do anything else.
    I'm not exaggerating!

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    @Shyam-Sailus lol 😂😂😂 What!? Either this is an exaggeration or he’s severely disabled.

  • I like to mix it up. Audiobooks, music, YouTube tutorials, sermons, podcasts, and sometimes sweet sweet silence and the sounds of birds chirping outside.

  • By the way, at the moment I'm listening to some comedy while I work. If y'all haven't yet heard of Dry Bar Comedy, I just did you a favour, check it out:


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