What music do you listen to while drawing?

  • SVS OG

    I switch between podcasts and music. I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for artists they listen to while drawing.

    I listen to things along the lines of Sigur Ros and Olafur Arnalds. Anything with a beautiful melody to it.

  • 😞 sadly I don't prefer music while I work I prefer fruits and a lot of water. I spilled water on my 10 years keyboard few months ago, RIP.

  • SVS Team SVS OG

    If I am painting then I like to go with EDM. I like to find a mix from an artist I like and just zone out.

  • SVS OG

    @Naroth-Kean Lol, I better watch out. I keep a water glass at my desk all the time...

  • @shinjifujioka said:
    Olafur Arnalds, thats so beautiful!
    I really like classical music while drawing.

  • SVS OG

    I set up my computer with another monitor, so i usually have a video running, or find a podcast to listen to. In addition to the SVS classes, i listen to Chris Oatley, Trent Kanuiga, and other artists on youtube 🙂

  • SVS OG

    I use Pandora A LOT. I have several stations, most of which are Jazz related (Take Five, Rhapsody in Blue, Frank Sinatra....). Thats just what I like. Now and then I find a podcast to listen to.

    Sometimes, I like to listen to books on Librivox. Lots of free stuff there, and some of the readers to a really great job. (Others not so much, but since its free thats just how it is.)

  • I listen to a HUGE variety, from movie and film soundtracks to Rap, from Cowboy music to Monty Python songs, from Pink Floyd to Mariachi... it depends on how I am feeling that day. Sometimes you need something to get the blood going, so I have varieties of dance music, (disco, hip hop, swing,) and rock anthems. I love doo wop, opera, I love Amy Winehouse, Barry White... I just about like everything... And of course there are the classics - The Beatles & Elvis.

    I am working on a piece for a friend of her super hero/villain character she used to play in a game we met in about 5 years ago. We're friends in real life now, and I am doing a new version because my style has gotten better, and I play nothing but James Bond theme songs doing that one.

    I will post it later when I can find the file.

    EDIT, here is the file. The top left are the 4 characters from the game, as drawn by the game engine. The top right is my original done in 2009 I believe to the soundtracks of all the James Bond movies. The bottom left is the sketch I did about 3 months ago, and the last piece is where I left it... I have to get back to it, once I start to feel better.


    The weird thing is when I am sad or incredibly angry, I play Hawaiian music. If my family hears that, they know to leave me alone. I play it because it cheers me up... how can anyone be mad listening to a slide guitar...

  • SVS OG

    @Leontine This is the first song of Olafur Arnalds that I heard over two years ago. I wish it were an hour longer. It's so great to draw to!

    @Lynn Larson I listen to Christ Oatley too! I really enjoy his podcast. Have you listened to the Stories Unbound one?

    @Sarah LuAnn I think I might have to give jazz a try when drawing.

    @Bobby Aquitania Hawaiian music? What in the world? haha, but I can see what you're saying. I hope you get feeling better soon!

  • Pro SVS OG

    @Bobby-Aquitania You are singing my tune...music wise I jam to a lot of different songs. From the Eagles to Eminem to Disturbed to Bon Jovi to Mumford and Sons to Otis Redding to Joni Mitchell to Bruno Mars to Stevie Nicks to Shovels and Rope. It's an endless mix of awesome!

    And I do also listen to various art podcasts, so much great stuff out there!

  • My parents and family were voracious music buffs, and I couldn't imagine working without it... after all, variety is the spice of life they say.

    Edit: Charlie - I'd kill to see Joni Mitchell live, she is my all time favorite. I've seen Stevie Nicks, she does not disappoint. So sad to hear about Glen Frey's passing, I grew up on the Eagles.

    Shinji: I'm not mad anymore... had 5 teeth pulled yesterday as a preventive mesaure against my chemo treatment. But that is a small price to pay for being alive. Hopefully in 6 weeks I will have some partials to eat solid food again. Not that I can't now, it's just annoying.

    If you are looking for something relaxing to listen to while working, I would say pick a genre, then make yourself a mix. I prefer to make the piece have a matching theme. I have a Disney folder of songs I listen to for SVS, it kind of puts me in the mood for the work we do here.

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  • SVS OG

    @shinjifujioka I finally broke down and subscribed...stories unbound is awesome!

  • SVS OG

    @Lynn-Larson Subscribed? Do you have to pay for it? I thought it was on iTunes for free. That's how I listened to it.

  • @shinjifujioka
    Thats the Theme song from 'The little prince...' great film.

  • SVS OG

    @Leontine Oops, wrong link. I meant this one:

    And I can't wait for The LIttle Prince to come out in the US. It's one of my favorite books.

  • @shinjifujioka The little prince is really nice and creative. Ive been watching it on my way to Brazil, and when I came home Ive watched it again. The link you've send is also a beautiful song. XD . I listen to it now while starting up working. You might like this as wel
    (Dutch artists)

  • SVS OG

    @Leontine Looks like I know what I'll be listening to as I draw today 🙂

  • If I'm caricaturing a musician, I'll listen to them throughout the full process. If not, I'll either listen to podcasts of sing along to anything from Michael Jackson to heavy rock.


  • SVS OG

    @Ace-Connell Is it strange that I'm not surprised that you listen to that when I see your caricatures? It kind of has that punch/edginess/contrast.

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