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How long do you usually take on producing what you would consider to be your fully finished artworks? -- Give or take. 

389 deviants said Roughly a full work day (8 hours)
387 deviants said Several work days (16~32 hours)
247 deviants said 3~6 Hours
111 deviants said Longer than one work week
61 deviants said One work week (40 hours)
53 deviants said 1~2 Hours
8 deviants said Under 1 Hour

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D-eTo-X Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Longer than a week because I suck at drawing right now lol.
kiiro-cho Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
g3m1n1 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
depends on how i've been thinking about it and if i have a deadline. things with deadlines usually take somewhere between 3 hours to 2 days.
KrisseyMage Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Depends on the piece, and on my schedule ^^;

Most usually pieces will very between 4-7 hours, but there are some that take 10+ hours (those I usually play with an hour at a time for a few days, sometimes weeks).
CaptainTigglesworth Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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. :shrug:
mysterycycle Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
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... :/
awrugro Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
around 3-6 hours but that's cuz I just draw faces and rarely bother drawing the whole body\background..etc orz I wish I could have your determination in finishing artworks :heart:
reincarnationOFfoxes Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Most of my projects take over a year.
Because I'm a lazy motherfucker and don't usually take any art classes.
tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you mean by "producing" the art? You mean uploading it to DA.
Sarawantsacracker Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
About 1 hour. I do get bored easily.
carbonassault Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I do know that when you get in the zone and things start working for you, time seems to run at double speed and before you know it, it's like 2AM or something! aargh!
Multiimage Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I usually take about a week to finish a final scene 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...:)
raintowns Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Several work days because im lazy and slow...well, maybe just a day or two but i get too distracted easily sometimes.
PriscillaKim Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
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. :(
surthur Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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 ?
Izz-noxfox Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I would say between 1h and 4h most of the time. But I'm more into quick concept art. I often loose my patience after 2h and then start being picky and doing crap ^^;
IjiRyushippo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
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
SavageFrog Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For something that I would consider fully finished, it's anywhere from 3months to 6months of intensive labor for me but the usual stuff I post is just about 2-5 hours of work
JeannieHarmon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
If it's a single piece, 4-8 hours. If it's a full comic, about a month total
KCRJrArts Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
I need to work on my focus and decision making.
cling17 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Probably 16+ hours for me to really consider something finished.
I haven't had the patience for that for the longest time though so I've recently been doing 3-10 hours, I think.

Also, depending on the style, I can consider something good enough a lot sooner.
OyasumiYumiko Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   General Artist
I had to mark days only b/c I get to work on art after my normal 9-5 job.. by that time energy can be kind of low so I'm alot slower than if I was able to use most of my day devoted to a work.
kampfly Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
it depends on the complexity, but because even base coats take me like 2 hrs, i usually end up around 10-12 hours, or more.
TheUnknownBeing Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Longer then a work week and 1-2 days, both depend on how willing I am to make more out of something.
LisaGorska Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
can this be measured in time???
Luc-Ari Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Well I usually do it in separate days one for sketching another for inking and finally one for scaning and do the digital color
fuegokid Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   Filmographer
3-6 for now. I think.
It's hard to tell, because what I spend the most time on I have a tendency to either do in one go or leave then come back to-.
Nikki0417 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm so bad about keeping track, but I guess it's somewhere between 8-16 hours.
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my truly finished works have all taken me 1-3 months
chocobohero Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I put 3-6 hours; I definitely need to spend more time!
Eemari Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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.
Varethane Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
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.
cloneddragon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
way to long for how crappy they normally are... (20 to 25hours for stuff i don't even want to or cant post to here...)
BrefelanDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
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 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 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!
camac Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist
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.
Carsist Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
It really depends on what I am working on,

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. )
compliment-pin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It depends, I never really consider my art finished. But I think from sketching to fully painted image (which I have never done), I would imagine would take me several days on and off.
SkywayFox Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I'm an all round media creator, i mainly work in Music/SFX Production but i do art, my time frame of work is actually incredibly short
fan4battle Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
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.
SulaMoon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Usually 30h actually painting. Easily over 40 if you take in the planning stage...
Illuminating-Dreams Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm working on perfecting my sketching- so I guess I never get around to finished artworks.
Nuei Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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....
theroyalscouter Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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?
hyamei Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I usually try to finish my work in a day, my interest loses fast if I take too long :( (unless I really like the idea then I can extend it to days)
Klaufir Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   Digital Artist
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.
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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.
Solvernia Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
It depends on what kind of tecnique I decide to use. I don't have a specific one, for me everything is experimenting. :)
So, one of my works could have been made in 2-3 hours, the other one in 20...
GreenSprite Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
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? :p
fox-orian Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

to be brutally honest,

photography, hahahah
GreenSprite Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
LOL! Though, post processing.
Still funny.
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