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Does listening to music while drawing help improve your art? 

52%
888 deviants said Yes. Thats why I do it all the time, it really makes a difference
41%
690 deviants said I listen to it sometimes, doesn't really make a difference but I do it out of boredom
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67 deviants said I never tried, thanks for the idea Ry, I am gonna try it now to find out.
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57 deviants said Nope I don't listen to music cos it doesnt help, if anything its a distraction

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:iconfelicityizumi:
FelicityIzumi Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Student Artist
Music helps get the creative thoughts going :D
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Baliya Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student General Artist
I've never done it while drawing but music is usually what makes me wanna draw. :3
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ayllasousa Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely! It makes me have a better focus on what i'm doing, makes my feel motivated and "pumped" lol It keeps me in a good mood while having fun drawing(and that makes me draw for up to 8 hours without getting tired). It's always good to mix the different kinds of arts, such as music and cinema, when you're working on other type of art(drawing), somehow one helps another :D
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LunarMew Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yep. It affects my mood, which can affect how I draw.
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GreenGem64 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I listen to music everytime I draw.
To me, the melody, or the beat, or the tone in the singers voice is able to open up my creative mind, which is able to help me think of what to draw next.
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XOrdinary1998 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Music is very motivating for me...I have to listen to it while I do school work because otherwise I can't concentrate! :XD: It just really sucks when it motivates me TOO much and my mind starts wandering elsewhere...
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Peatchoune Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
actually, i think a song can influence WHAT you're drawing and not HOW you do it. If you're listening some sad song, you'll end up being emotional in your drawing, as well as you can end up with colorful inspirations if the song is fresh, see ?
But i doesn't affect the way you draw i think. well, it doesn't for me (and i can work on my homework and listen to music at the same time so i dont know if i'm good to take as an example lol)
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bookeagle123 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really just need background noise or I get distracted... Which seems sort of backwards but really isn't :D after I get into making something I usually don't care either way because I get so absorbed with what I am doing.
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wezenbeesje Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
It distracts me. Or it has to be really only mood music.
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Milasery Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do most of the time, but I don't believe it helps me improving... ^^'
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sadness-of-sorrow Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
For this part, Igot 2 distictive opinons: The opinion of my teachers and my own.


One of my Art techers told us that if we listen to mucis while drawing or animating, we start to draw roboticaly and less correct as we listen to music. It disrupts the natural rhythem of our art and our creativity.

Now on my on point of view, I find soem types of music to be stimulating keeping my attention drawn to what I am doing. That may be because I'm diagnosed as ADD and the extra stimulation actualy helps my mind cope. I also find It soothing and isa wonderful way to block out the outside world, which for me makes it easier to concentrate on what I am doing.
It doesint improve the works per say, but it allows me to have the patience to do so. When in the college classroom , I liek it when people talk and chatter for the same reason. Hell, if it wasint for the music I loop I do not think I would be able to do those 20-75 frame animations at all... It is so stressful.
Maybe once I grow up, I'll change my views on this, but as of now, I say, use music if it helps you, but also try without and see if it does anything for you. It can't hurt ^^.
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narutokunobessed Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
It doesn't improve my art, but sure does improve my attention span and give me inspiration.
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angel-oni13 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Writer
Yes but I'm more of a writer so it really makes a difference in my writings.
In my drawings however, they all suck nevertheless w/ or w/o music.
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laurenhiya21 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I can't usually concentrate without it DX
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SoulsOfEarth Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, when I draw (especially with acryl colours on canvas) I kind of live in another world. I don't listen to anyone or anything. And if someone tries to talk to me, I never hear it and they really have to shake me awake
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xxConcreteRose Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think it makes any difference for me... I just like having music on.
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:iconmadame-mustachio:
Madame-Mustachio Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
Yes. Baroque, especially. C:
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can only focus on one thing at a time, if I try to listen to music while thinking of something to draw, it ruins my creative flow. Blah x.x
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MONSTA-E Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
it helps with concentration for me, I think.
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BeautyIsOptional Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It does help. I mean, I am into photography and writing over drawing, but music does help the other two as well.
I can only have music on if it's wordless though, or else it's too distracting.
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LastRequiem657 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I can't really draw without it. :)
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:iconlita90:
Lita90 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Not a bit because my drawing sucks anyway XD
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PuddlesOfCuddles Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
Usually when I'm just doing busy work. But when I'm doing any sort of artistic thinking, there's just too much to think about xD

Like animating - no music xD
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H-T0WN Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I don't think it helps my art directly persay, but it helps me stay focused and gives me extra inspiration.
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goldhedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It helps set the mood. If you know what I mean.
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Dscapades Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it helps to relax me~
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Rutana Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Writer
I don't think it improves the art, after all, your drawing skills aren't bound to music.
I for example like to watch videos while drawing - and it doesn't make a difference to when I draw with music or silently.
It definatly helps to increase the fun though ^^
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HORKEDupfastfood Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Depends, but most of the time I prefer silence when drawing especially when concentrating on something.
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hyenacub Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It helps to have music or a movie I like and know well in the background. Seems to open the creative part of the mind more.
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ZombieOwl Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wouldn't say "improve" in a technical way, but it certainly helps with inspiration, and I can really get into a drawing.
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shaunC Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   General Artist
I always listen to music while drawing. Silence is boring...
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Pikazuzu Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I don't actually know... I haven't really paid attention to that :o
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xxIAmTheSkyxx Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I listen to music while writing; does that count? :?
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nah, cos this poll is about drawing sweety.
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Pikachuvz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I need to listen to music in order to draw. If I don't it's just not the same. Music gives me ideas and helps set the mood. I can't really listen to music with words or fast paced music. Soundtracks, orchestrated music, or piano music seem to help me out the most.
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Op7swimmer Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No love for the writers?....
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i cant write while listening to music actually. it kinda distract me. but drawing i can do
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Op7swimmer Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Really...that's odd, I'm often inspired by what I listen too.
I suppose it is different for everyone though.
Oh, and I can't draw :D
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Ryotsu-san Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I want anime :la:
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Toadiko25 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
I don't think it helps me improve any but I focus better on my drawing. c:
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LeoHightower Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Music sometimes inspires me to draw I listen to music when I draw, or back then when I drew, it helped out a little.
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BlazingStarO Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes~ I listen to music all the time! It inspires my art~ C: I listen to different things to gain a different effect on whatever I'm drawing.
I usually listen to Video Game soundtracks. But, I'll also listen to movie soundtracks, and Two Steps From Hell. They're AWESOME! :la:
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gukardi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
I always listen to music while creating my work, but I don't think it necessarily improves my art... it just inspires me to create.
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TheGoldilocks Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
What? Who? Wha?

I listen to music to help establish a mood, or be inspired, get into my own world so to speak. I've never seen it actually improve or make my art worse.
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MadamLunar Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Music has inspired numeral artwork, as well as original characters. And it helps me work faster. :D
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Sketchevrywir Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I just can't stand silence. Never.
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TolliRaovan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Artist
There are times where I'll hit an art block and just not feel like drawing for weeks on end. Then I'll play some random music on shuffle and all of a sudden I have to doodle something.
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Tefrin Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Music removes all of the other distractions, and helps me focus on my picture.
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MsJosephine Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It doesn´t neccesarily make a difference, I just feel that with music I can exclude everything else around me and concentrate on what I´m doing.
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RetkiKosmos Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
I don't listen to music >.<
I usually listen to a podcast, talk radio or have a movie playing while I draw
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