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Less than an hour a day
1-3 hours a day
3 - 6 hours a day
I'm a pro, so I spend practically all my time drawing.
Has anyone ever heard one of those "I used to draw *insert exaggerated time lapse*", that makes anybody feel like "God this is a real artist" and "I have to practice more"?
My question is if those were actually working that hard. I mean, it is GOOD to have artistic life and give it its time, but they would also work and study, eat, sleep,... so be like spending 25 hours a day drawing seems almost impossible to me.
Straight to the point.
What's your actual drawing time?
I try and clock in 30 minuets. The problem is I get bored very quickly. I also have a short attention span. After awhile drawing can become very boring,you sometimes feel its not even worth it and that you want to do something eles like watch Tv,or play on the computer. I rarely watch TV,so messing about on my Laptop is what does it for me. Listening to music sometimes helps as complete silence is very boring,however listening to the same song over and over won't help much. If you want to clock as much as time as possible on your art you just need to enjoy yourself,don't keep doing the same part over and over,try something different,like experimenting with colours
If we even need this discussion at all perhaps we can keep it in one current thread at a time.
this seems to be a huge concern for people lately.. not sure why
"We are the music makers... and we are the dreamers of dreams."
The only questions which are relevant are:
How much time are you spending on drawing? - are you making good progress? - if not, how much extra time could you spend? - and - do you realise that its not just about the amount of time you are practicing, but whether you are doing the right sort of practice; so are you making best use of the learning resources available to you, books, info and help here and elsewhere online, local teachers, etc...
I'm drawing for 5, 10, maybe 15 minutes per day. It's been a long time since I really drew, so I think I'd burn out if I tried to study for an hour or more every day. I'll start increasing my time once drawing daily has become a habit again. Hopefully I'll have re-established the connection between getting ideas and drawing them by then, plus I'll have re-built my confidence.
If you want to succeed at any career...you have to really work at it. Top concept artists and illustrators are the top because they dedicate themselves to it. The same with top CEO's of fortune 100 companies or a doctor at the top of his field...
So, if you want to be at the top, you gotta draw all the time It's not a goal for everyone though, some people just want to get by while focusing on other things (like a social life! hehe).
About 12 hours. It never seems enough.
Depends on what other things I have going on in the week, but my normal for draft to finished works is around upto 6 hours or sometimes more. I enjoy drawing and have alot to express, or keep myself inspired. I'm doing it for fun, and working into the biz. I second what Ivory commented.
If you want to improve....the more time the better. Of coure, you should take frequent breaks, to let your eyes rest. If you don't have anything to draw, I would suggest picking up Peck's Anatomy of the artist and start drawing the structures in there. They can be very complex to get perfect, but once you can do that...you are on your way to being a very good life/character artist.
I spend around 19 hours a week drawing, so divide it by 7 days and it's 2.7 hours a day. I wish I can draw more, but well, when you're having a 8.5 hour job from Mon - Fri + night classes on Tue and Thur, it's hard to find time.
God, pls grant me 48 hours a day, and I'll use the remaining 24 hours to draw and draw and become old-master-level by the age of 35.
It never works that way. Most people say "If I only had X I'd become a millionaire/champion/master" and as a result they never do. Then there are people who say "I'll do whatever it takes with whatever I have" and they succeed.
I try to draw for at least an hour a day, even though I have to break it up into chunks. Most days I'll do some studies during my 1/2 hr lunch break, and then doodle for at least another 1/2 hour when I get home (but I try to do more, if I'm not too tired). I figure it's good to get in the habit of at least trying to draw something every day, so it doesn't fall off my radar, like exercise seems to do...
Personnally, I think that the most important issue is to realize why you draw instead of the amount of time that you dedicated to this activity. Find the way to use the energy to set up tools adequate to serve your creativity.
My approach is based on the theory that each of the works is dependent on the previous ones and allows the continuity. And all the different steps has the similar importance, it's the coherence which brings the creative energy which I need.
Finally, I think that every individual is the best judge on his own needs.
First of all I don't take time really and secondly I think the way the poll is made is very limiting so I didn't vote. I'm not clockwork. There are days when I literally don't draw at all for whatever reasons and there are days when it's all I do (and all the in between amounts) Generally I see no point in "making time" to draw just to meet some x hrs a day. It's unproductive, fruitless, pointless, irritating, tedious labour. You need to feel it.
Last edited by nofu; December 23rd, 2009 at 07:36 PM.