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    How many hours should I put into my learning how to create professional art?

    I'm going to self teach myself digital art (assuming I decide to make the decision to get into art. Not sure yet...)

    I was wondering how many hours I should put into practice? I have nothing but time on my hands so I can probably put in loads of time, but does anyone have any comments or suggestions on this topic?

    Also does anyone have any idea how long it might take to get good? I'm not asking this because I'm in a hurry or think I'm going to get good in just a couple of years. I'm just looking for more understanding. I need to know what I'm getting into, you know?

    Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Over 9000! And much more.
    If you haven't got any traditional background yet, start off with pencil and paper. Don't bother with a 21 HD cintiq when you can't draw.

    First of all learn how to hold the pencil: http://chiseledrocks.com/main/musing...old_the_pencil
    Get books for the fundamentals: http://alexhays.com/loomis/
    It covers anatomy, form, perspective etc etc.

    Draw from life, go outside and draw. Try out traditional mediums as well- I used to be all digital focused but I have now tried pastels, watercolours and acrylics, and it adds so much to my understanding of art that I have actually decided to concentrate more on traditional where I can (limited money and space).

    What you are getting into? Well, without sounding too romantic or anything, but you're going to see the world differently the more you get into it, trying to make out shapes and form, and depth, seeing colours,.. paying more attention in general. And I am saying this being a beginner.
    There is no set of hours that will ding you an artist. This is not World of Warcraft.
    Have a look at the sketchbooks in this forum and you get an idea.

    Good luck.

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    Were you looking for an exact number of hours or just ballpark?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    Were you looking for an exact number of hours or just ballpark?
    Just ball park. What I meant when I said hours was, how many hours per day should I work on practicing? Then after that I asked how many years does it usually take a self taught artist to actually get good (again not exact, just ball park) and professional?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordLouis View Post
    Over 9000! And much more.
    If you haven't got any traditional background yet, start off with pencil and paper. Don't bother with a 21 HD cintiq when you can't draw.

    First of all learn how to hold the pencil: http://chiseledrocks.com/main/musing...old_the_pencil
    Get books for the fundamentals: http://alexhays.com/loomis/
    It covers anatomy, form, perspective etc etc.

    Draw from life, go outside and draw. Try out traditional mediums as well- I used to be all digital focused but I have now tried pastels, watercolours and acrylics, and it adds so much to my understanding of art that I have actually decided to concentrate more on traditional where I can (limited money and space).

    What you are getting into? Well, without sounding too romantic or anything, but you're going to see the world differently the more you get into it, trying to make out shapes and form, and depth, seeing colours,.. paying more attention in general. And I am saying this being a beginner.
    There is no set of hours that will ding you an artist. This is not World of Warcraft.
    Have a look at the sketchbooks in this forum and you get an idea.

    Good luck.
    No, I have absolutely no background in art, and I have no idea of my artistic abilities. Well I'm not sure it's entirely true that I have no background in art. I used to design maps for board games (unprofessionally) with adobe phtoshop. I wouldn't "draw" them, I used a lot of custom made textures, layers and such.

    9000 hours and much more? lol okay, that's a little confusing ,: /

    Well I'm not going to go buy a 1-2K tablet because I THINK I wanna get into art lol. I'd get a bamboo or a intuos 2 or maybe 3.

    The problem with learning non digital art that I have is that it will be a continual cost to me, and I'm not making money at this time since I live with my parents in ECUADOR. No jobs out here. So as soon as I get a tablet I'll have all the tools I need since I have a decent computer and photoshop CS5.1 (latest version) and access to most books out there for free. So you can probably see why I'm more interested in going purely digital. Though I supposed getting a large sketch pad and some good pencils won't cost hardly anything, so I'll probably do that. Not sure about pastels and all that though.

    Thanks for the links! I appreciate the help. Don't worry, I know it's not World of Warcraft lol

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    Less planning, more doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuminusTytus View Post
    Just ball park. What I meant when I said hours was, how many hours per day should I work on practicing? Then after that I asked how many years does it usually take a self taught artist to actually get good (again not exact, just ball park) and professional?
    10,000 hours. Break that down as you will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    10,000 hours. Break that down as you will.
    Yeah I know I seem to be more of a planner then a doer from how much I seem to ask about getting into art. I just wanna know more about it before I make a decision you know. I don't wanna get into this and then a year or two down the road I decide I I'm not into it. I'm 23, but I aint getting any younger, so what I decide to do as a career I want to go for it without wasting time changing my decision.

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    Youll be competing with people whove loved making art since they were kids, so get a move on, times a wasting.

    re. maps for board games, heres one my mate steve made, we play it all the time its pretty good

    http://landgrab.net/landgrab/Home?g=475547
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velocity Kendall View Post
    Youll be competing with people whove loved making art since they were kids, so get a move on, times a wasting.
    Clam down lol

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    Well, if you were going to an actual art school, you'd be doing art 12 or more hours a day for four years just to get halfway good at it...

    And you'd still need several years of steady practice after that to get really good...

    But you won't get anywhere unless you really love doing it. So quit planning, start drawing, see if it's something you want to spend 110% of your time doing, and if it isn't, pick another career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuminusTytus View Post
    Just ball park. What I meant when I said hours was, how many hours per day should I work on practicing? Then after that I asked how many years does it usually take a self taught artist to actually get good (again not exact, just ball park) and professional?
    I was kidding...tongue firmly in cheek. There is no answer to this beyond "as many as you need". That's like asking, "How many hours a day and how many years do I need to put in to become a professional guitar player?"

    And Velocity is right...you'll be competing with people that burn with a passion to make it happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuminusTytus View Post
    Clam down lol
    i am clam
    dont say i didnt warn you though
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