Listening For Inspiration

by Laughing Stock on June 2, 2011

Judy Stead illustration of woman with MP3 player listening to music

Judy Stead, Laughing Stock illustrator, shares what inspires her and how she tunes in to her muses. View her recently updated stock illustration portfolio here and when you’re ready to hire an outstanding illustrator, Judy is at your service.

Listening. It’s different from hearing. Listening involves…involvement. And attention. And concentration while the brain processes meaning from sound, then chooses an emotional response. Making this image, I had lots of inspiring company in the studio as I listened to (in no particular order): Etta James, Otis Redding, Edith Piaf, John Lennon, Puccini, Springsteen, Cat Power, Django Rheinhardt, Elvis Costello, The Ventures, The Corrs, Charlie Hayden, Cocteau Twins, Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, U2, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Bach, Thelonius Monk.

Inspiration. It’s as necessary to creativity as air is to breath, and like air, inspiration is everywhere. We take inspiration wherever we find it, or more often, where it finds and surprises us-  an unexpected color combo in nature, a soulful melody that sparks a memory, travel to an exotic place or just wandering down a new street.

As an illustrator/artist, working alone in my studio so much, I listen and look for inspiration every day, and try to always be open to the miracle of an idea. And once in awhile, it turns into something that pleases me, like “Listen”.

Here are two of Judy’s recent illustrations she’s added to her spirited portfolio at Laughing Stock. The image, “Listen” was recently added to the Laughing Stock home page.


Judy Stead illustration of woman imaginingJudy Stead illustration "Good Night"











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