One of the panels I attended this past year at SDCC was focused on Dave McKean. I went mostly because Kelly is a huge fan of him and Neil Gaiman’s work. But I’ve appreciated his work for a long whole.
One of the things he referred to was keeping tv on in the background:
What’s RVI to Dave McKean? “random visual input”
He described it as a trick to his mind, as a jumping off point for creativity. It’s a way to keep moving forward.
It reminded me of something I read from an interview with director James Cameron decades ago. Apparently he would keep MTV music videos on in the background when writing or editing.
I do the same thing, I like to consume creative works at sort of random.