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Painting with Music.

The influence of music in a creative process.

I love music. I can’t live without music. As soon as I wake up I turn it on and dance my way around the house. Okay. Not all the time, because if I did, I wouldn’t get anything done.

Music as an inspiration source…I’ve mentioned this briefly in my article ‘Get Inspired, Be Inspiring’. Music has always been around ever since I was little. My parents are both from a musical family so I got introduced to many genres from a young age. My dad played in a band when he was younger and the house was always filled with music. It still is. Being part of a musical family also made me aware of music composition and the many layers that are hidden in a song. Don’t you just love it when you suddenly recognize a new instrument in a song that you’ve heard many times? I do! Whenever I have this, it feels like I discover the song all over again. When it comes to creating my art, I can’t work on a painting without music.

When I listen to music I can block out any surrounding sounds and just float around my own little world. When I went to college I learned for my exams while listening to music. My mom never understood this, but I could concentrate better when I listened to music. Okay, back to art. I noticed that I switch to instrumental songs when working on my paintings, preferable songs from Studio Ghibli. If I’m more specific I would say the soundtracks from the movies Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. The movies are filled with magical elements and the songs automatically transport me to this dreamy and magical world. It really helps me to capture this whimsical feeling that most of you get from my work.

The various instruments in a song can influence my choice of color and how I would draw certain elements. For example, the elegant tunes of a pan flute can create soft flowers or the long flowing hair that I often draw. An upbeat piano piece can result in lots of yellow and orange. I’m not fully aware of this while I work though. It goes automatic. It’s funny, because I know I’m listening to music, but I kind of get in a creative trance so I don’t really hear the music. Does that make sense?

I can go on and on about music, but the essence stays the same. Music lifts my spirit and influences how I create my art. I’m curious; what do you listen to? To what extent does music influence you?

In the end, it feels like I’m observing the images in my mind with the help of listening to music. The music notes shape the images, make them clearer until I can capture them with layers of colors and lines of ink. It would be lovely if you could hear the tunes I hear when you see one of my illustrations!

 

Originally published on TJ on Illustrations on July 15th, 2011

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Tahira Lubrano, also known as TJ, was a Master Sociology student, but now she is chasing her dreams as an artist. You can find ramblings and observations surrounded by her own illustrations at her blog A Look in a Creative Mind. Everything is magical there and you are most welcome to float along and wander around her imaginative world. View My Profile

  • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

    TJ, wonderful piece. I absolutely agree with you about music. Everyday I have music playing somehow, someway -- I cannot function without it. Headphones on when I am shopping, cleaning the house or taking long walks, etc…. While working, a Pandora station is always playing on my laptop (and is right now) ; and I, too, studied to music way back when…it did help me concentrate as well.

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    • http://tjlubrano.blogspot.com/ TJ Lubrano

      High Five, Katy! I seriously think that music is what makes my brain work and my body move. That and coffee hehe. Very cool to have a fellow lady who studied with music on :) I definitely can’t live without it. Thanks so much!

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      • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

        YES! High Five! Yep, just got back from running errands and the second I would hop back in my car, I had to plug my iPod in…thought of this article every time I did it. :-)

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        • http://tjlubrano.blogspot.com/ TJ Lubrano

          Hahah how awesome is that 😀

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  • http://www.garrycrystal.blogspot.com/ Garry Crystal

    I’m the same, sooner or later music has to make an appearance throughout the day and it does have the ability to change your mood. I don’t usually listen to music while writing as it becomes to distracting but a specific piece of music listened to before writing can put you in a certain frame of mind and prepare you and music from a specific time can bring back memories if you are writing about an incident during a certain time period.

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    • http://tjlubrano.blogspot.com/ TJ Lubrano

      High Five as well Garry :) I heard from other writers that they have specific playlists to fit their mood when they write, some even have a specific writers box with all the things they need for when they have to do a lot of writing, like specific coffee/tea, notebooks etc. Do you have that as well?

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  • http://www.garrycrystal.blogspot.com/ Garry Crystal

    Specific coffee and tea, wow never heard of that before…maybe specific pizza flour may help for long nights writing.

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    • http://tjlubrano.blogspot.com/ TJ Lubrano

      Yes, it was a twitter convo between several writers. It was quite interesting.

      Pizza flour…always good :)

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  • http://www.garrycrystal.blogspot.com/ Garry Crystal

    Ah Twitter, am hardly every on there, may need to change that this year.

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    • http://tjlubrano.blogspot.com/ TJ Lubrano

      Sniff some flour and jump on the Twitter Train.

      *ahem*

      Once you get the hang of it, it’s very useful :)

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  • http://www.garrycrystal.blogspot.com/ Garry Crystal

    Jump on board the Twitter train…sounds like a song.

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    • http://tjlubrano.blogspot.com/ TJ Lubrano

      Sing it, Brows!

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  • http://www.pacificmelody.wordpress.com/ Melody J Haislip

    Sometimes, when I’m writing a poem, it helps to put on a specific sequence of instrumental music, or sometimes I’ll listen to one piece over and over. When it’s really right, I can get into a trance state and everything flows. My goal is to do it more often! Dance on, TJ! :)

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    • http://tjlubrano.blogspot.com/ TJ Lubrano

      How lovely! I listen to a lot of songs over and over again! Sometimes my dad looks at me like this -_- and asks ‘Tahira, why are you listening to that one song for like a gazillion times?!?’…he does the same thing though when he records music, but he says it’s different haha. I just told him that I am recording the song in mind. Hehe.

      Aah Melody…can I have this dance? *bows*

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  • http://sipsofjenandtonic.com Jen and Tonic

    I’m trying so hard not to UNTZ as I write this….

    I can totally relate to what you’re saying about blocking everything out when you’re listening to music. Sometimes I’ll sit for hours just listening to music as I clean, workout, write, craft…whatever. I love being transported to a different place, and living in that world even if it’s only for a few minutes at a time.

    Oh god…I can’t…must….UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ.

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    • http://tjlubrano.blogspot.com/ TJ Lubrano

      Exactly!! You can just float across the music notes and be in your own world. I love that!

      YOU ARE THE UNTZ QUEEN!! Do not try to deny your true nature :)

      *throws glitter*

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