concentration can be obtained in many ways. Soberly, I'd say music. But be careful. Music with lyrics can deviate from concentration and fill your head with emotions. I'd go with some trance, definatly something without vocals though; it's more mindless and sets guidelines for you to do your work. As long as the music keeps going, so do you. If that makes sense. If you're going to use drugs; I'd suggest ritilin or adderall. I can get 12 things done in a minute. HA! Hope that helps?
Making a ritual out of preparing my work space works for me. I usually need an hour - 3 hrs. to create the proper working conditions. The prep. is just as important as the product in my book. The more you prep. your work space the faster it will happen in the future too.
Get everything else you have to do out of the way 1st. That way you don't feel like you're neglecting stuff and feeling guilty while you're trying to paint.
Mentally separate work art from personal art w/in whatever piece you're working on. Decide which you are planning on focusing on and put on some music. I find tunes w/ minimal vocals or lyrics in a language I don't know to be helpful.
Clean your work area from clutter and other distractions while you think of a game plan to tackle your project.
At this point you should have some blood flowing and therefore be thinking a little better
Now you should be ready to start brainstorming on paper or a tablet or whatever. I recommend going outside or somewhere that's not your typical workspace w/ a sketchbook and messing around. That way when you go to work in earnest you'll working w/ more developed ideas.
Don't forget to take breaks. A fresh perspective can be a huge focus booster. Make sure you get some sun and air for the love of god! It's so underrated. It does human brains lots of good. I usually take a break between brainstorming and starting.
Eat real food (not soda & Doritos) and stretch every once in a while. Good blood flow & nutrition will help you think more clearly and stay focused. Apples rock!
Give yourself something to look forwards to. Reward yourself for successful focusing. (ex. let yourself go on facebook 10 min. for every hour that you behave.) More like bribing yourself
This stuff doesn't happen overnight by any means. You have to kind of build yourself up to any strict discipline. What you do or don't do when you're not doing art affects you when you are doing art. If you treat yourself like crap when you're not working, you and your work can end up feeling like crap. If you're passionate, which I know you are (all those speed paintings! awesome!), it shouldn't be that hard to focus w/ some practice. You just have to figure out what routine works best for you.
it depends on the day, but what has proven to be the best is to smoke a little bit of pot and work with one of my friends by my side ( not any friend, there is this girl with whom I concentrate a lot).
When I'm alone I have to be doing always 2 or 3 things at the same time, otherwise I can't concentrate in anything, so usually while working I watch a movie or some series ( + maria juana of couuurse. ) My mum can't believe when she sees me drawing while listening to music with the TV on mute. It's like I need to be surrounded by distracting things to be able to concentrate... weird-
I listen to music (soundtracks), or look at tutorials and try to work straight 1-2 hours. If I notice that I can't concentrate, I have a break. No smoking or drinking or something like that.^_^ I just look at other artists art and think about my next step.
i don't really have a secret, besides making sure my concentration doesn't break. music usually helps, as far as art goes. as long as you stay focused and don't let something else enter your mnid it's pretty easy to stay on track.
Wearing blinkers and whipping myself every time I get sidetracked.......kidding.
The fact that I'm reading and writing this is a proof that my secret doesn't work.....(and I have tried more or less everything, loneliness, isolation, leaving the phone at lowest volume at the other end of the house, repeatedly forgetting around my mobile who doesn't have a line in my isolated studio anyway, music, tea, herbal teas, incense, candles, wearing a special painting uniform.... I guess the worse distraction is the computer, but sadly I cannot drop it, I need it for photo references ^__^). Anyway thanks for asking
I do so too when I paint outside in summer...otherwise I try to spare on the ink but perhaps you're right, concentration is worth a little ink (a lot of). And music I can put on the ipod... (mumble mumble...thanks for the tip !!! I'll let you know if I become more productive in the near future...!)