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MadCow Menu
03-22-2006, 05:55 PM
So what do you listen to when you are sitting there drawing/inking/coloring?

I listen to a lot of music, but also to keep my mind active while I'm drawing I'll listen to a lot of DVD comentaries for movies that I've seen a million times. That way you can just sit and listen and not have to look up.

I've also been getting into a lot of internet radio and podcasting and stuff. There are a lot of great comic book programs out there. Here are a couple:

There is a huge 3 hour Q&A with Bendis over at his website (http://jinxworld.com) that is really good if your into his stuff and even if your not.

Also if you haven't checked out Fanboy Radio (http://fanboyradio.com) they have a whole bunch of interviews with all kinds of comic creators.

Got any links to any good stuff? Post em here!

03-23-2006, 12:36 PM
I have DTV which offers a lot of music stations so i click on one of those or depending on whats going on i also turn on the NFL channel for news updates.
or I just flick on the computer and run thru a set of pre-selected music files. I dont really care if it repeats seeral times, i just need something to preoccupy the other part of my brain that isnt drawing.

03-23-2006, 01:07 PM
Since I don΄t have a job at the moment I don΄t work that much. But when I΄m surfing I mostly listen to podcasts in englisch like ComicGeekSpeak, IreadComics, Meanwhile and Fanboyradio or spanish podcasts like changoleon and LosComicGeekos. Sometimes I listen to other podcasts like RedJazzRadio.

Craig DeBoard
03-24-2006, 12:43 AM
Various music depending on what kind of story I'm working on, and when I'm working on pieces just for my portfolio I love to throw in my old VHS of How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. I've watched it a thousand times and I always learn something new everytime. Buscema is a legend that has no peer :thumbs: .

03-24-2006, 07:35 AM
When the TV isn't on I usually listen to Dream Theater, Steeley Dan, Yes, actually any type of progressive rock while inking. Heavy metal like Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Alice in Chains etc is good for penciling.

03-24-2006, 01:26 PM
death, black, doom, classical, jazz, etc.etc.etc.

03-24-2006, 02:58 PM
Me, I listen to Psychic TV, New Order, Peter Gabriel, Prince, NIN, Manson, or pretty much any catchy beat that gives me a good rhythm to work in. Paul Oakenfold is great and Coil can be awesome to work with. I have CDs I made just to draw to with stuff like Tom Waits, Talking Heads, Marvin Gaye, Hendrix etc.


MadCow Menu
03-24-2006, 05:05 PM
When the TV isn't on I usually listen to Dream Theater, Steeley Dan, Yes, actually any type of progressive rock while inking. Heavy metal like Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Alice in Chains etc is good for penciling.
Steeley Dan?!?

03-24-2006, 06:48 PM
Older Steeley Dan. "Reelin' in the Years" era stuff. Hey I've got over 900 CD's, so the possibilities are endless. :thumbs:

Also forgot to mention Toad the Wet Sprocket, Cold, Breaking Benjamin, & Indigenous.

03-25-2006, 01:17 AM
I know I don't draw fancy pictures like the rest of you, but I listen to music when I work, too. But it can't be anything with lyrics since I'll start focusing on the words and end up with, say, Fist of Justice telling someone to wake him up before they go-go.

So I listen to a lot of Danny Elfman, Angelo Badalamenti (sp?), John Williams and Moby.

MadCow Menu
03-25-2006, 08:21 AM
Even if Steeley Dan was good, I could never get past that they where named after a vibrator. :D

And I'm with you Mike. When I'm writting I listen to a lot of classical, movie soundtracks or hardcore music with no singing--- depending on what I'm writting.

03-25-2006, 09:52 AM
I could never get past that they where named after a vibrator.

:laugh: :thumbs: :laugh:

03-25-2006, 01:09 PM
Music definitely, where I have the drawing table set up I don't face the TV.

I can watch TV and or listen to music when I'm on the computer.


03-29-2006, 03:46 PM
Kanye West, My Chemical Romance, and Lincoln Park

03-31-2006, 02:42 PM
Now, Lacuna Coil, Ihsan, David Gilmour and Luca Turilli for today...

Vik Thor
04-01-2006, 02:41 PM
Pretty much anything: From radio to music to action movies (when you just need to watch when you hear gunfire! :p)

MadCow Menu
04-06-2006, 06:11 PM
Couple more comic related pod casts:


MadCow Menu
04-06-2006, 06:22 PM
And more!


That should keep you busy for a while!

MadCow Menu
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04-17-2006, 07:15 PM
I listen to lots of things while I work. Mainly tho, I like listening to talk radio shows like Fan Boy Radio, the Marvel Podcats, ect.

Lately I've also found that 'comedy central presents' and the History Channel provide me with good background noise.

When all else fails......jazz and classical music makes it easier for me to focus.

04-18-2006, 10:26 PM
yesterday i was listening to a band called "casey jones" while working on a comission and it pumped me up soo much i finished with time to spare to look over the composition. and sometimes when im coloring i go to dnbradio .com

this is fun knowing what ppl here listen to while working on stuff.

Fred Duran
04-19-2006, 12:34 PM
While I'm writing I like to listen to "smooth jazz" like Gato Barbieri, Boney James, Miles Davis, and for those action sequences I pop in Maynard Ferguson's version of "Rocky" :laugh:

04-20-2006, 06:27 PM
Well... I off and on Internet DJ for some folks time and again. So I have a nice chunk of music (6k+) on my comp. So, I have something for alot of moods. Jazz, Rock, Soundtracks (movies, cartoons, anime) Techno, Classical, Hip-Hop. Sometimes I load it all up and just hit random, other times I Grab a few albums and let'r rip.

04-21-2006, 01:40 PM
Lyricless music whilst writing, lettering, or thumbnailing layouts.

When I'm drawing I like Rush, Sade, Shakira, Sting, Rush, and more Rush. I'm old, what can I say.

I also love audio books.

MadCow Menu
04-02-2007, 08:29 PM
Bump :slap:

04-03-2007, 05:59 AM
I llisten to Howard Stern on Sirius, also anything from REM to Joan Jett to Queen to Clapton. Often I'll just put the TV on to TBS or SciFi and just let it run. Pop in a DVD from time to time.

Spacious Interior
04-04-2007, 09:38 AM
I listen to whatever keeps in the same mind as the subject matter I'm drawing. Along that line, I'll pop in a movie of the same genre as the piece I'm painting. When all else fails, though... endless streaming Opie and Anthony.

04-11-2007, 08:38 AM
hmmm who do i have on here? uhh ive got some Sting & The Police, Cake, Kiss, Wolfmother, Sound Garden, The Bee Jees, Daft Punk, and the list goes on for quite awhile. lol I like a lot of 80's. ha.
Either my own music, or i listen to internet radio.

I use, www.mikesradioworld.com/

04-11-2007, 10:35 PM
when I'm thumbing out a page layout or writing words...i can't listen to anything...well i do listen to the police scanner in the background...

and when i'm doing the art thing penciling,inking....or whatever i useally have the TV on for background mostly 24 hours news

04-12-2007, 09:17 AM
Soundtracks... Blade Runner, Star Wars soundtracks, particularly The Empire Strikes Back, The Road Warrior, 24, Conan the Barbarian, E.T., then there's all of the 80's music I listen to. I like to turn on random oldies stations from the internet, like the XM stations available, when I'm in the mood for 40's through 90's music. I find the regular radio stations to be too distrating and repetetive.

04-21-2007, 01:44 AM
I listen to Trance , ambient, soundtracks, or comic geek speak. anything else is too distracting.