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How long does it take you on average to finish a picture? 

628 deviants said More than 5 hours O.o?
408 deviants said 2h-3h
343 deviants said 1h-2h
318 deviants said 4h-5h
118 deviants said Under an hour

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North-Bright Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015   Traditional Artist
soon im about to finish my best piece eva,guess its be about 60 hrs cuz now its 51
mikelis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I'm just drawing with pencil it could take even up to 6 hours, because of tweaking all the time here and there , if I go digital then there can be days even on some simple drawing cuz I have really big painting problems and understanding it ... lack of knowledge ofcourse , I'm self thought.
ayllasousa Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I could finish a drawing in less than 8 hours intercalated on a day, but i rather put effort on a drawing on an avarage of 3 hours per day until i'm finished with it. It makes me more observative on what i should improve on my drawing, makes me pay more attention on any mistakes or weird proportions, makes me more motivated to draw for long hours and makes me more experienced by letting it(the drawing i'm currently working on) rest within the days i'm working on it until i'm done. 
Dropdeadcoheed Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It usually takes a couple days for me
LovelyDragoness Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Depends on the project.
Sketchs are 10 mins to 20 mins (more time for detailed).
Outline takes 30 mins to an hour.
Painting takes 4 hours on my program after tracing the outlines.
Timmytushoes Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It depends on what I'm drawing, and it depends on what medium.

Any Painting I do takes at least 1 hour right off the bat, I've never finished a painting and been satisfied with it in less than an hour no matter the size. (Even 2 in. by 2 in. dollhouse paintings leave me tweaking them), and can clock upwards of currently 9 hours. Though I will definitely spend more than 9 hours on paintings in the future.

Any digital drawing takes about an hour right off the bat as well. Mainly because I have a shaky hand and digital art is actually one of the most difficult mediums for me, due to this. It doesn't help that I used a trackpad because my tablet doesn't have a pen and my mouse broke :P The longest I've ever spent on a digital drawing so far is probably about 2 or 3 hours, though that was when I was just figuring out GIMP and such, now it's more like 1-2 hours.

Any drawing, pen or pencil, that I've done is usually done within an hour. Including every pen and paper thing I've drawn so far (Granted I don't have many good ones posted currently) I think the longest I've ever spent on a drawing was maybe an hour and a half, and it was drawing 40+ characters in a school setting a few years back. Sketches literally take me minutes, and concepts take me maybe 10 minutes. coloring is probably the longest process honestly. 

Admittedly, every single thing on my DeviantArt currently took less than an hour to make, except for one of the Paintings (The textured one) because I was continually unsatisfied with it. I guess I oughtta start posting more quality stuff, nice poll!
SHearts12 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hahahahahaha finish a picture!?!?!XD I've only done that once -_- ....the ones i post is just me saying "i hate this, it looks horrible... but im sick of it... so ill just post it and never have to work on it again"
primenatorgirl217 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Depends on the picture. A large picture, such as a Transformer, takes a butt load of time and effort because of the detail. For individual people/poses it usually takes me a couple of hours to finish, but I rarely work straight through. I work on my art off and on throughout the day, and I'm always editing or adding to a picture.
xXxshadowsneakxXx Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
2-3 hours. I'm a fast drawer. Plus i only use colored pencils which only takes a little over 30 minutes
anjelleshadow Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Normally a few days...reason being that I get distracted and forget all about it for a while...
ForeverSoaring Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On average, about two hours for a finished digital portrait.
Mullmeister Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Under an hour but all I use is a mechanical pencil and I kind of rush it so it only comes out decent.
IchiRuki17 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
1-2 hours or more if i'm not in the mood....
but under an hour if i'm really inspired..:D
Cujjo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ofen around 10 hours. ^^;
RinaIzumo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Depends on the size and the material i use.. Traditional media has some.. specific to it, so to say ^^;
I'll chose the last point of the poll just because it usually takes enough time for me to finish an artwork at large
kistrix Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
It depends on colouring it or not. Up to 2 hours to draw it (also depending on having or not having a landscape or perspective). But if I decide to ink the lineart, and then paint it on Photosop, it may take really long. Because I don't have a tablet, and it's a mess to use the mouse to paint.
Tatsumoto Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
An 1hr or 2 at most. If there's problems to fix in the final product I'll just make notes of it and restart some other time.
CatNightroad Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Only line art, under 1 hour. colored....FOREVER
xXxDarkenedAngelxXx Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I take forever. XD
LAURAxZABUZA Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
normally no more than 3 hours
maybe four
sometimes a couple days
a week
one pic took nine months lmao
thats just cuz a i despise drawing grass lmao
tavroast Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Student Interface Designer
sometimes i take days on a piece fo art,
MarijuanaInYourBrain Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
sometimes i need a few days to finish and sometimes i make it in less than 5 hours O.o
LycanFangs1941 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Between 30mins and 3-4+ hours depending on medium (traditional or digital), amount of detail, size of the piece...Digital takes me a lot longer...
xxelegantbeautyxx Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010   General Artist
You can't rush art. :D
xxelegantbeautyxx Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010   General Artist
Usually 3 days if it's a full picture or has lots of shadowing and lighting. I really don't understand how some people finish within 5 hours. Maybe I'm just very precise with my artwork.
SolarDeathBurn Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
im very fast
sometimes im under an hour
XxI-chanxX Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
I am a slow slow artist ;n;
emo-screamo-boy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
1-2 hours.. i mainly just sketch line art things (getting my portie together for my tattoo apprenticeship)
tseby Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
More than five hours. Because I'm very slow and always want to make it I always change things over again and again. Well, most of the time it doesn't even look better after those changes -.-"
constrictorserpent Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
Depends on how ~inspired~ I am. It's my fuel :D
AkumaBakudan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
4 to 5 hours cuz I'm just . . . ssssllllllllloooooooowwwwwwwwwww . . . . . . . . . . o___________o
habib03 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
on fine days i can draw stuff in under an hour and ink then in a couple of minutes...but on a slow day i do it like under 3 hours..or more..
Mesoterra Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
I take a lot of time cause I like to try things, or make a mistake that i have to redraw half the picture or a number of other things.
rocksandwich10 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
i takes me about 10 or 20 min. depending on the picture im drawing XB : )
KalineReine Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Writer
IF ONLY I could finish a pic in just 5 hours... That would make me extremely happy. ;P If I work on one every day all day from start to finish it still takes me 2-3 weeks to finish one. Hours? I'd say it usually takes a total of 40+ hours for me to make ONE picture. And that's... Just insane, I know... ^^; I am probably the slowest artist on all of DA... :XD:
BLEACHBOY987 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
more than 5 damn u guys are crazy look at my pics they take no where near that long. i feel like shit after seeing 5+ was top voted
mikelis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude your "sketches" should be done in 10 mins ;) when you will start to progress you will draw one piece for hours and hours, because you will think it will never be good enough ;)
atelier20 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
IT REALLY depends on the picture

whether its happy accident
or long arduous design process
i've only just started designing, meaning every thing has to be PERFECT perfect composition, lines, color,etc

like make 20 drafts, developments, samples very fun :D
xianghua4kilik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
does this include actually doing it on computer cos the drawing takes 4o minutes...the rest well...i get distracted
Itemmaster23 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
what i can draw is really simple, doesn't take me all that long
and i can't shade of color, so all my pictures are black and white!
and some grey
NarutoBankai7 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
moar then 5 hrs. D: like, 8-15hrs or even more. D: I just dont understand how awesome artists produce beautiful art in only a few hrs. :|
99rupees Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it depends on how big or detailed..i was probably wrong, i think once i started adding the photoshop coloring they take about 4-5 hours XD
RadioactiveArcade Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Student General Artist
To be honest I don't have much of an average time ^^;
Although my shortest time is 36 minutes [digital artwork/coloured] and my longest time is 48 hours... Then again I don't like to be rushed, I mean Rome wasn't built in one day~
Strawberry-Ringo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha it takes me around 2 months to get something done! XD
iruka-usako Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
It usually takes me about a week! (and that's if I actually finish it!)
asianandpwning Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
at least 2 days.
dracochik16 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Im still wondering how can u post a new drawing everyday :0
Dragonfire-Adept Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
For me, it really depends on the pic and how much time I have to spend on it. As a full time student, I don't have a lot of time to just sit and draw as much. But that's all right, since my best pieces are the ones that take the longest.
Spaz88child Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Line art may take me 1-2 maybe even 3 hours depending on detail and how many people, etc

but Coloring and shading I take 5-7 hours
Firithnovwen Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm on the upper 5 hours level, not all pictures but just depends what I'm working on
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