I think it depends on what i am working on...but when it comes to nice pieces, probably a week and then some. I take forever trying to make things perfect. and seeing as i only have either after work or before work and the weekend to work on something, things can drag. i can spend hours trying to make one bit perfect. i think i take too long. just need to work smarter i guess.
It depends on the piece, really. More detailed ones take longer, simpler ones don't take as long... but roughly a work day? A little more? I guess it also depends on the size of it. I've worked on large pieces in traditional media that I had to work on over the course of days/weeks, but I didn't work on them all day due to other obligations.
Comics work has trained me to think that if I'm spending more than a full day on a single page, I'm working too slow or over-working the piece and probably sapping it of is vitality and dynamism. Not necessarily true of every piece, of course, but I really want to train myself to work fast as a point of professional necessity.
Also, I get impatient and fear I'll never finish a piece if I take too long. I admit, I'm a bit of an attention hound, and I can't wait to post my work online... :/
I usually take about a week to finish a final scene ..it depends on how much detail is in the scene ...but I like taking my time on my scenes to gather ideas throughout the scenes I create. Its not good for art business but good for portfolio...
Generally 10-15 hours for single-character pieces, but that's in actual working hours (using a timer - I find it helps me to focus). I usually end up spending as much time dicking around and getting distracted, so it takes place over the course of 3-5 evenings.
What sort of project are you discussing ? realistic rendering in a complex painting ? lineart ? full fledged concept art ? character art ?
And when you are done with that, what do you want to accomplish with that information ? if your work isnt finished and you take a lot of time doing so, the result wont say much. It is a good opportunity to feel miserable though , if you are slow. Some masters were painting their lifetime on one piece , some pieces are done in one rush of 12 hours of concentration. Others might be done in one or two hours. so what ?
it depend's on the piece and wether or not i keep getting distracted (mostly that's why i work at night 8pm to 1;30am is my main start to finish time if i'm not disturbed) although that is often dran out into weeks and months for some pieces. Compleetion time dosent matter XD
Like others have said, it really depends on what I'm drawing. Figure drawings and portraits hardly take 4 hours (most of the time less than that). But if I'm to draw a huge work of multiple figures with a background or something that I'm not used to doing like mecha or an animal figure, it can take me much longer to finish a work.
I think I am somewhere in the range of 5-8 hours. There've been some that took longer than that, and some which serendipitously sort of fell into place before that amount of time had passed, but I think that's pretty close to my average. I've been getting faster recently, though this isn't necessarily a good thing because partly it's because I haven't been pushing myself to expand outside of my comfort zone (and often this means my work is rather lacking in the kinds of subtle details that could bring it to the next level).
I rarely spend more than a week on a single illustration (if I do it is because I am extremely strapped for time and can only spend an hour or two per day poking at it)-- usually I finish things in one or two sittings.
I would say averaged a day (8hrs) but only cause I've been doing quite a few Memes for a streamer I follow, those are like 10-20 minutes tops...as for my actual drawings, the digital abstract pieces is about 3-5 hours, mainly cause I tend tweak and go back an forth on stuff... the pen & ink drawings.... to be honest I'm not sure, the quickest one I think would be ~8 hours... longest one? Well that would probably be my current WIP/PIP (Project In Progress)... though I haven't had much time to work on it...like an hour or two here, a few hours there... as for other projects, like my steampunk stuff... hours involved on those are incalculable, in part cause I'm constantly thinking of stuff, and cause I'm always tweaking or improving something... Basically all of what I'd consider "Projects" are never done! :/
from 2-4 hours, could be more, but mostly these days i just stick to simple cartoons and comics. The last few comics I did for a client took me only about 3 hours each. Of course I don't really consider my art to the on the same level quality wise as some of the other people I'm seeing on here who put days into a picture, I don't know if I could ever see myself doing that kind of thing. If anything I try to make sure I can pop out a comic a day at least so working on something for hours and hours that ends up taking days would feel so foreign and strange to me. Different styles.
If it a design or advertisement at most it will take me two to three hours to put something large together. Obviously something smaller doesn't take me long at all. ( working freelance and in a studio setting helps too )
If its an illustration, it really depends. If its a digital illustration it can take me anywhere from three to ten hours to complete something that I am happy with.
Now if its a traditional painting that I am working on, it too can depend on the context of the painting. If its just a quick idea it can take me half an hour to five hours to complete. But if its a large painting, a portrait or something that I care so much about that I am obsessing over every little detail then it can take me days to complete it.
( been taking art courses at the university, Have to admit that I am loving the raw feeling of the art materials. More importantly though, the professors to help point me in the right direction with my work. )
It all depends on what I'm tackling, if I need to do a more complex scene with more characters or background scenery it is normal to take longer. Also doing new things that I have no experience in takes a while.
I would say 8 hours.... For a single character with no background I've been taking 2 hours (if I draw the lineart carefully) but then adding a background required extra attention on the lightning and details I'm not at ease with yet... Those end up taking 24 and more hours....
If its not a commision I may never say its done, but if I do I give it two hour for a work concept and another four in the days that follow for detailing and fixing anything I may have overseen. So six hours?
Roughly a work day to a few work days but spread across a week or several weeks due to school and distractions, mostly from the internet. I'm getting better about the whole working-not-lurking thing but it still is a problem sometimes.
Generally it takes me about six hours total...45 minutes or so for the base sketch, an hour or two for digital inks and the rest is color time and touch-ups. But that's usually a single character image, which I do far too often. When I do comic pages and illustrations with backgrounds, it tends to take around 12 hours or so, but I don't really measure.
Unless I'm really into a work, I don't like to spend more than a couple of days on it off and on...if I do, I end up abandoning it.
By the way, I don't get why the general idea seems to be that you should finish a work in a couple of hours or a day, and artists who take more time label themselves "slow". The old masters worked for months (and even years) on some paintings. Why do we assume we're better than them?