I have always been fascinated when authors talk about the music they listen to when they write and how it enhances their work. I don't use music to inspire ideas, however I do have a routine when I work. Do you?
When I'm sketching I prefer to have music playing or a tv show that I don't necessarily need to "follow" too closely (usually sitcoms). My focus is completely on the sketch and I don't "hear" anything, including my family. They like to mess with me during this phase and test me with my "fake listening". I get caught every time. :o)
When I'm working on final art, then the fun begins. Right now, my favorite work companion is NetFlix. I enjoy finding a series or a good movie that can take me through the project. I like that I can look at my work and remember what I was watching during a particular assignment. =o)
For example, whenever I think about the Science at home book, it takes me right back to "Lost". I spent weeks watching the entire series back to back. I loved the sound of the ocean waves playing in my ear while I toiled away at that book.
Right now I'm working on a project for Highlights, High Five and I know I will always be reminded of the British detective series that I'm "flixing". Fun stuff.
I'd love to hear your routines.