Music Fuels Us Illustration

How we made this illustration, why music, and a texture pack.

Music fuels our creative juices. Always has, always will.

When we need to get jamming we fire up Soundcloud or Spotify, or if we are sketching ideas in the main room – the record player starts spinning! It’s not always music we can get creative to. We also love listening to a podcast and let that subconsciously seep in as we design. It’s kinda funny how words guide us as well. Joe Rogan Podcast is everything to us.

Some artists in heavy rotation:

Music Fuels Us Illustration 1

Blackstar

Hip Hop, Mos Def, Talib Kweli rip bars. So good!

Music Fuels Us Illustration 2

Claptone

House, Gritty, mash-uppy, essential!

Music Fuels Us Illustration 3

Tycho

Lush Electronica, guitars, beats, are you kidding me?

How we made this?

We started off by sketching a rough version in our Moleskin – inspired by the fact that once the beats start rolling, we get the pencil out and start sketching, letting the music work through our trusty lead-filled buddy. UI wireframes, posters, business cards, abstract, business cards, we let the pencil fly.

Then we hopped into Adobe Illustrator and set up our grid. We would then use the grid to provide boundaries and limitations for how we created the art. We find that by limiting ourselves it helps us be creative in finding solutions around the limitations. Of course, we turn off ‘snap to grid’ from time to time –in an attempt to help us break the rules when needed.

After we created this piece, we slapped on some textures we created from a pack that we sell on Creative Market:

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After the textures, a couple of hours, and some coffee – We are happy with our little journal entry illustration. We hope you enjoyed our little story. Peeeaaaccee!

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Tickyboom is a graphic design studio that specializes in illustration, brand identity, and web design. We are a husband and wife duo that love to equip others to flourish through design.