What kind of music to listen to while drawing. Do you listen to music when you draw? What music to listen to while you draw? Can music enhance your artistic creation?
I would like to think so…hope that any cool music to listen to while you draw would inspire.
Many e-mails I received ask me about do I listen to music while I draw.
Yes, 80% of the time and the other 20% is silent…depending on where I am.

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-Source-ScienceDaily (June 22, 2006)

Here are the list of music I listen to while I am drawing: (I will keep add more to the list as I discover more cool stuff. 🙂

My favorite composers (These kind of music help me zone in from 0 to 100% within the matter of seconds, especially the heavy percussion ones. Give it a shot!)

-Hans Zimmer
The Dark Knight
Gladiator (I can listen to this all the time, never gets old)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The Last Samurai
Black Hawk Down
Mission: Impossible II

-Tyler Bates
300 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

-Danny Elfman
Sleepy Hollow
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Men in Black II
Planet of the Apes
Men in Black
Spider-Man 2
Mission Impossible

-John Williams
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: “Hedwig’s Theme”
Star Wars: A New Hope
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Spider-Man 2
Raiders of the Lost Ark
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
Schindler’s List
Jaws: “Main Theme”
Superman: “Main Theme”

-Graeme Revell
Chronicles Of Riddick Soundtrack
The Crow
Freddy vs. Jason (2003) *Apparently I own it, and it’s good.
Pitch Black
The Siege

-James Newton Howard
-The Devil’s Advocate
-The Sixth Sense
-The Interpreter
-King Kong

-Astraud Piazzola

-Astrud Gilberto (Stan Getz)

I believe music can be an important inspiration component to infuse your certain element you want to convey (so does silent once in a while). You absorb tones and mostly what I listen to doesn’t contain any lyrics because personally it can be distraction so the list of music provided here most of them doesn’t have lyrics though some do…occasionally, but some I don’t even know what they were talking about and that’s good I think…I just absorb their energy and pass along thru my art if needed.


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-Fable’s OST
-Buddha Bar of Café Del Mar
-Jimi Hendrix (all of them!)
-Radiohead (Radiohead’s Kid A and Amnesiac albums)
-Tool (Lateralus and 10,000 Days)
-Muse, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Coheed and Cambria.
-Chopin’s Piano Concertos
-Zap Mama and other neo-soul music
-Blackalicious “Nia”
-The Grouch and Eligh “No More Greener Grasses”
-Living Legends
-Megadeth and Metallica
-Smashing Pumpkin listen here (The Beginning is the End is the Beginning)
-Wipeout 2097
-The Life Aquatic’s
-Alice in Chain (Oh yeah!)
-System of the down
Sashsa – Invlover, Airdrawndagger
-Muffler – Sighco Show
-Black Sun Empire – Cruel and Unusual, Driving insane, Endangered species
-Hybrid – I choose Noise, Y4k, and Wide Angle
-Global Underground Electric Calm 1-4
-Random Rab – Elucidation of Sorrow and Epicycle
-Tipper – The Critical Path, Relish the through
– Lounge and Nu Jazz Cafe, similar to Buddah bar

What kind of music to listen to while drawing.

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- Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded IdrawGirls.com (TheArtClasses.com) in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Business Inquiry please e-mail me.

  • jade gash

    I recommend any track from Sonic 3 and Knuckles, really helps when creating characters with a cartoony feel to them 🙂

  • Ron

    I like to listen to Twenty One Pilots while I draw. Also, Angels & Airwaves is a good one for me.
    When I draw listening to music it always happens to bring out a more sketchy style because i always end up drawing in tiny strokes to the flow of the music O.o

  • Xia Taptara

    Oh! yes! That’s a good one. Right now I am listening to Han Zimmer’s Inception. It is by far my most favorite from last year. will listen to that next and oh! Black flag too.

  • GreywaterAlley

    Anything done by the following artists is very cool:
    David Garrett,
    Lindsey Stirling,
    Twelve Girls Band,
    Dallas String Quartet,
    the Yoshida Brothers,
    and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
    All of these are almost completely instrumental, only with occasional lyrics in small parts of some tracks and most of them are pretty energetic so they should keep the energy level up in the room.
    All of them have rather modern sounds and each is pretty unique so there is quite a bit of varity to choose from in this list.

  • passionate

    but i think lyrics inspire artist as well. i have done many paintings by inspiring lyrics it is cool to work with music:)

  • MilenaLaz

    Don’t know if you heard of them but may I recommend a group called audiomachine, future world music or two steps from hell?Their music like the others you’ve mention proved to be a great creativity booster…


    Explosions in the Sky & The exquisite dead of Saxon Shore – Entertaining, but not distracting, with not a specific feel, except whatever is your mind..


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