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how long does it take for you to do a page?
simonitro at 1:22PM, March 18, 2007
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it depends with me…

Sometimes I can finish a page with 5 to 6 hours or sometimes 1 or 2 days.

For example this page: the first panel alone took me like 10 hours to pencil because I need to think of the composition… the construction… the details… the overall… and etc… Another tough ass page: the last panel alone took me 15 hours to pencil (with distractions here and there).

I'm being such a detailed prick in my work and I want it to be very good. I can never hit excellent or perfect but at least, I bust my ass to get something done well. I know I have hell of a work to do for both comics. I'm ready to do it because when I begin something I have to end it. I WILL NEVER QUIT UNTIL THE BIG FAT BITCH HAVE TO SING, DAMMIT!

Enjoy… Las Vegas-y
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acadia at 8:44PM, March 18, 2007
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10 hours? 15 hours??!?! Sometimes sketching wildly and quickly can get some great details out of something that a million hours of planning never could. Try messing with quicker thinking or youll find yourself getting bored of drawing your comic, or seeing it as a chore rather than a treat. You NEVER want that to happen.

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Kota at 7:46PM, March 19, 2007
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Normal page for the web takes me about two to three hours. The ones I'm doing for the book have been taking five to six hours.
Kota Otan
“If Jeff Bridges is stupid enough to do this, I'M stupid enough to do this!”
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lothar at 3:03AM, March 24, 2007
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hard for me to tell how long each page takes cuz i'm usually working on several pages at once.

GRIND - average page 2.5 (maybe)
Coming soon - i try to do these as fast as possible , like this page i think it took 3 hours !
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Zolah at 6:54AM, March 24, 2007
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It takes me months actually ><
the drawung part is quick, maybe an hour or two…
but then to get a scanner and then to get a scanner takes years and the final fixes in Ps takes its time too T.T
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rainingbells at 9:26PM, March 24, 2007
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It depends, of course, on the page. Though I've had friends try to get me to go digital, I still do pretty much all of my linework traditionally. I like the feel of the paper, pencil, and pens too much.

If I have limited to no backgrounds, it can take little more than an hour to pencil and another forty minutes to an hour to ink. If it's a really detailed page, or I can't get a panel right, I can work on it off and on for a couple of days. And, of course, if it's a page the size of my sketchbook it can take less than if I'm doing a page where the image area is 9“x13” (Sune) or 10“x15” (Endless Winter).

I've spent one day on eight pages, and eight days on one page. But when it takes days, that's not solid work. When the pages get really detailed, after the first day, I usually end up picking at them for a couple hours here and there. I've also been known to sketch out alternatives to panels in my sketchbook that I like more than what I finished two days before and scan them in and replace the panel(s) on the page.

And it depends on how anal I am about the lines. For instance, page 2 of Sune #1, which is pretty full, took an hour to do from start to finish, including letters (originally by hand, I relettered in Illustrator later), but page 14 of #3 took a couple of days, and 15 took almost five days. Though in retrospect, I look at the pages and I can't think why.

I keep telling myself I'm going back to doing the comic in 24hr bouts, because I like the rougher, sketchbook energy of the line art, but I never seem to have 24 solid hours in which to do it.
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rengori at 9:33PM, March 25, 2007
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Usually around 1-2 hours, but when I don't get distracted by internet or TV (every 1 in 20 issues) it only takes like 30-45 minutes.
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kaminari at 10:29AM, March 27, 2007
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My last page for FS took me 12 hours to color, and after spending so much time, you'd think it would look better ^^;

Drawing it actually takes the longest for me, mostly because I lose interest fast when I have other stuff to do or have more pressing issues to attend to. So drawing a page can take weeks. If I condensed that time to times I actually work on it, it probably takes 2 hours.

I am FS2 champion! w00t!!
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That One Ninja Guy at 1:30PM, March 27, 2007
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Around 6 or 7 hours. I spend far more time planning things out though.
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Rydel6 at 11:35PM, March 29, 2007
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3 days usually. First day is drafts and penciling. Day two is inking. Day three is coloring and publishing.
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literacysuks1 at 2:36PM, March 30, 2007
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For acrobat I take around 4-5 hours to do a page and I get around 5 pages done a week. But if I was going past the pencil stage (which I don't) I'm pretty sure the time would double.
Go read my superhero comic…because I told you to

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SarahN at 6:59PM, March 31, 2007
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3-9 hours if not longer, depends on the amount of detail…or how much I f#$@ up with the lineart.
I wish I had a tablet…it may make some things faster and improve my shading…poo.
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hpkomic at 1:59AM, April 2, 2007
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I can knock out a page for my publisher in about 2 hours since it's greyscale and shading in grey is much friendlier than in color, for the webcomic, I take considerably longer since it's less of a priority.
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