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on: March 09, 2012, 11:50:58 PM
I look at these drawings some people do who are professionals and it's amazing the detail. I saw where one guy can spend 150 hours on one!   I have always been hung up on realism and detail, but at my rate I will never be anywhere near to what some people can do. I get tired of doing one very quickly and need to move on to another. Their will always be things I see in a drawing that could be fixed and i am sure i could fix them, but it's just too tedious to keep going on and on with the same drawing unless I wanted to keep perfecting it more and more...their's always a point where it's good enough, which depends on the artist.
Their's no sense in me aiming that high, when I can only tolerate an hour a day at most drawing something.
Their is more enjoyment in doing a new one more frequently and just not aiming so high with each one. Portraits are hard to be "loose", it almost requires a certain amount of tedious detailing. It's going pretty good so far, but it's just a point I wanted to bring up.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #1 on: March 10, 2012, 09:57:36 PM
150 hours can easily happen if it's a large drawing - I don't have that much patience to complete a single project like that - that is why I stick to the A4 / A3 size papers


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Reply #2 on: March 11, 2012, 10:46:19 AM
So far, all of my portraits have been on 14x10 in. paper. Even then I will usually have another drawing or painting on the go, to sit and work on just that one would put me round the bend. I used to be much more patient and could work on one thing for ages until it was done. It still takes ages, but my days seem to be getting shorter!  :confused: