Cosmic Dancer

on Thursday, January 03, 2008
dancing girl cartoon illustration

Soundtrack & inspiration: Stereolab: "Peng"

9 comments:

Arschblog said...

The girl looks really cool and very cartoony and I like the colors!:D I wanna dance too!!!

Arschblog said...

Ps: Yes, Music is very inspiring! That's (and from my dreams) where I get the most ideas!XD

Katie said...

Awesome pose and colors!! I love your girls!

Hammerson said...

Steffi, Katie: thanks!! I consider both of you as major experts for drawing funny and cartoony girls, and your compliments mean really lot to me!

> Ps: Yes, Music is very inspiring!

I often listen to music when I draw, but sometimes I need total silence. However, when I'm doing the computer coloring, music is almost a necessity. In case of this picture, the choice of colors and effects was directly influenced by the music I was listening at that moment :)

Katie said...

That's awesome...:)

I almost always have to be listening to music for drawing AND coloring, and it always has an effect for me as well!

what do you listen to when you're drawing/coloring?

Hammerson said...

>>what do you listen to when you're drawing/coloring?<<

All kinds of music (there's a partial list of my favorites at Myspace profile)...
Often it's stuff that has the similar mood or feeling like the picture I'm intending to draw. In other cases, it's the complete opposite, and a weird alchemy between music and my creative impulses transforms the picture into something completely unexpected.
Oddly, some of my dirtiest and most undignified stuff has been drawn while I listened to the finest classical music created by humankind :)
Also, music often helps me to concentrate more fully on drawing, though it's seems paradoxal.

Hammerson said...

Katie: I forgot to add...
For this picture in particular, I listened to Stereolab's first album "Peng!". You might like this band... they sound like a weird mixture of '60s French pop (half of their repertoire is sung in French), Burt Bacharach, Velvet Underground, early '70s Space/Krautrock bands, and God knows what else. Also, they use lot of vintage analogue synts.
I'd recommend you to start with "Emperor Tomato Ketchup" as it's the most accessible album, and also more rhytmic and danceable, then proceed with "Mars Audiac Quintet", "Peng!" and all the others. I think they might suit to your musical taste.

Kali Fontecchio said...

I used to have a Stereolab cd once upon a time! They are very influenced by the 60s folk group The Free Design.

Hammerson said...

Kali:
Interesting! Never heard of them, and I thought I know about every obscure 60s band. Thanks for the tip, I must check them out. I hope their albums are currently available.
And I can't wait to hear that brand new album by you and Katie :)