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Old 12-30-2017, 11:01 AM
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Question Time required for photorealistic drawings

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For benchmarking, how long does it take to create a detailed, photorealistic, 8-1/2" by 11" (letter-size) ) drawing of something like a building or a section of a cityscape?

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Old 12-30-2017, 11:45 AM
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Re: Time required for photorealistic drawings

Hey Doc. I've been working in realism for many years and it is hard to determine a set time for a set size in dry media. First thing, and many hate the term, is talent. Second, is knowledge of the basics such as value, composition, color, and various elements of art.
Lastly, I would say skill level and the difficulty of subject.
A city scape of that size might take me up to 16 hours. A simple still life; less time.
Our other members, I'm sure, will add their thoughts.
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Old 12-30-2017, 01:05 PM
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Re: Time required for photorealistic drawings

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Dear Derek,

Thank you for your reply.

I am just starting with color pencils, so I'll plan to create one drawing per week.

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Re: Time required for photorealistic drawings

Everyone is different. Depends how you work (the techniques you use), how many details you really want to include.

I love to create wildlife. I myself draw in every hair and usually use a minimum of 13 colors just in the fur. It's just the way I work and it's what gives me the results I'm after for the detail. So I easily spend over 100 Hrs on each piece roughly 11x14 inches or larger.

If realism is what you would like you have to be prepared to put the time in them as colored pencils is a really slow medium, but well worth the effort and time needed.

Here are a couple of other artists threads you may find interesting.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show....php?t=1397306

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show....php?t=1392445
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Old 12-31-2017, 06:24 AM
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Dear Sonia,

Thank you for your response ... and the links.

Right on! There is a trade off between details and time.

Luv your artwork!

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Re: Time required for photorealistic drawings

At the High Tide Line

This link is for a work I completed last year. It is 8" x 10" and has details from edge to edge. It took a little over 24 hours for me to complete. It's hard to say how long you would take because there are so many variables like others have mentioned.

I will say this, really detailed works can be challenging just because you can work on them for hours and it feels like you are making very little "progress". Best of luck in whatever you choose to work on.
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Re: Time required for photorealistic drawings

Brownblackandwhite would be the expert there but he had a family emergency lately... might still be unavailable... http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show....php?t=1423053
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Hi!

For benchmarking, how long does it take to create a detailed, photorealistic, 8-1/2" by 11" (letter-size) ) drawing of something like a building or a section of a cityscape?

Thank you!

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It vary a lot with the details of the technique you use. High realism images ( most creative artist do not like the term photorealism since they consider photographies to be less than a high quality painting) can vary a lot in detail level as well.

I have seen people do very good and realistic works in an afternoon, using airbrush for an early cover (speeds up the process a LOT).. and seen people take hundred of hours in other works.

The more purist and super detailed you are the longer you shall take. The more open to different techniques and more focused in the core than in the details , the less time you take.
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Re: Time required for photorealistic drawings

Putting down an underpainting seriously speed things up for me. I use a light wash of watercolors in blocks to get me started. I would still say on average, a photo realistic (which isn't my style) would take 16-24 hours.

Not quick, but the results are beautiful.
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