Listening to music while drawing in a sense depends only on personal preferences. But at the same time, it can be both good and bad for you, and I’ll explain why in a minute.
In 2019, the University of Wollongong Australia studied the positive and negative effects of listening to music while studying. According to the study, listening to music lifts your mood, and provokes the solution to the task. But at the same time listening to music will distract us and affect our ability to remember.
As a matter of fact, music helps you calm down about what challenge you are trying to face and reduces stress while facing that challenge.
So, if you are trying to make a drawing that you have not done before, it is a good idea not to listen to music on the first attempt, as this will stymie your development as an artist, and you will not master the skills and new techniques that you learned while drawing. If you are an experienced artist and it seems to you that you know the technique and skills necessary to complete the drawing at the proper level, then, by all means, please listen to music.
It is difficult to say whether there is special music for art. Classical music, in our opinion, is the most suitable option. But experienced artists advise doing this only if it is a similar drawing that you have done in the past, and I know that you can achieve a standard by doing this, and you are aware of the techniques and skills that are required of you to complete the drawing.
Best Songs About Art:
- ‘Painter Man’ The Creation (1966)
This song about a guy who went to college to become a painter man with limited results is a fun bit of 60s Britpop.
- ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ by The Beatles (1967)
It is a song based on a surrealistic picture drawn by Julian Lennon, John’s son, concerning his friend Lucy quite literally flying in a sky filled with diamonds. Its psychedelic images are trippy, yes, but this is from a young schoolboy’s illustration. Quite literally based on a piece of artwork.
- Pictures Of Matchstick Men’ by Status Quo (1968)
This song about a strange image that reminds the singer of the girl he is singing about is strange and surreal and… weird.
- ‘Vincent’ by Don McLean (1971)
McLean’s classic track from the American Pie album about Vincent Van Gogh is almost as well-known as its title song. While it is more biography about a tortured soul than a song about an artist, the fact that tortured soul was an artist makes this song qualify. More than that, it is a truly beautiful song. The song has an alternate name in some places – ‘Starry, Starry Night’. This comes from one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings: The Starry Night.
- ‘Every Picture Tells A Story’ by Rod Stewart (1971)
It basically tells the story of Stewart’s life meeting women. It is definitely not PC in today’s world, but the music is simply incredible.