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    Time it takes you to finish a drawing

    Hello CA members,


    For long times, I'd always wanted to draw.
    There are however a few technical limitations in my brain what prevents to start drawing. One of them: the time it takes to start a drawing and to end one.

    So my question to you: how long do you take to make a detailed drawing?
    And yeah I know: it's a very broad term, so let's take this as measure:
    A detailed landscape drawing.

    Is like four hours for a complete beginner enough or do you need to take longer?
    Keep your work unfinished.
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    12 hrs or more.
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    the more experience you have at something, anything, the faster you will be able to work on it as time passes. Dont feel intimidated if a professional says he finishes in 3hours. some masters took months to finish an oil painting, not just for their sizes, but they wanted to get it right, and sometimes they would not work on it for some days.

    so keep drawing and dont get discouraged by a trivial matter
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    It depends on medium and size, but if I want to take a paper about 50cm x 65cm and shoot for very realistic detail with dry media I would budget about 20-25 hours. If you want plein aire impressionism you can probably get away with budgeting for about three to five. Don't let the numbers daunt you. Obviously you take a break now and again.
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    It depends on my objective. It ranges from 20 minutes to 10 hours.
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    13 weekends is the most time I've ever spent on anything. Since then I've been taught more efficient technique.
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    i spend no more than 5 minutes on everything i produce. i used to take longer, like 14 minutes, but with practice i got faster.

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    ...what is that thing...that quote.

    "Art is never finished, only abandoned." ? Something like that. I do not usually like quotes.

    I'm not really sure. It has been a very very long time, multiple years since I have ever tried to push something to complete and utter completion. I considered something complete a month or two ago, and it was roughly 6 hours, but realistically I could've spent a good 20+ more hours on it for it to evolve into something of completely different calibur.

    I suppose, the most accurate estimate I can give.

    ...anywhere from 3 to 50+ hours.
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    I spend as much time as I possibly can on each piece.
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    Too f**king long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el coro View Post
    i spend no more than 5 minutes on everything i produce. i used to take longer, like 14 minutes, but with practice i got faster.

    c36
    there you go, totally proves my point. Usually it would take much longer for a sarcastic reply to a person's comment in the lounge, look how fast that was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Too f**king long.
    Damn you Elwell I was gona say it. but then thought hummm
    then Elwell will probably tell me to get out of the lounge and go draw.
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