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
About the Author: TJ Lubrano
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. br> View My Profile