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Old 07-23-2009, 08:38 AM
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How long does it usually take you guys from initial sketch to final product? I'm talking all forms like traditional and computer generated. Just curious to see if Im on par with you guys.
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Anywhere from 8-20 hours for each view depending on the car, variations, revisions, body mods, etc. I've had some that took 30 hours too. I'm a picky PITA and I like to be as accurate as possible. Reflections and graphics tend to take the longest. Thank God for the undo button.

If I were to do a pencil, marker, chalk and gouache render, it'll probably take 5-7 hours. Again, it depends on how much detail.

I try to nail down final linework for a single view in 2-3 hours after some sketching.
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I think most of us will be within the same range. Something to consider is what the client wants. I'm working on a project now where we're coming up with multiple paint ideas, each "Sketch" is running an average of an hour or so, and I currently have 7 of them. Of course theyre the same two views, each having master line drawings, that took about an hour to do. To point this out, these "Sketches" are not perfect, they are what I call quick and dirty sketches, and theyre used to get the point across without wasting the clients time and money.

When we reach a final design, I'll work up another set of master line drawings, where I'll take more time into perspective, proportion, elipses, and reflection mapping, and come up with the final rendering. At this point in my life I still prefer old skool techniques using marker, pastel/airbrush, pencil, and gouache. The final rendering is very important, it's the communication device, hence the detail, and with detail comes time, a whole lot of time. I try to set a goal between 10-24, some may take longer, some may take less.

Speed comes with practice, especially if you've done it before, like same colored cars, same medium used to come up with the work. Canson renderings take me forever, becuase I don't render on Canson as much as I do white paper. The same goes for digital rendering, I'm not used to it. Ben's got the advantage there he does have that undo button!

Hope this helps!
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How much time do you have in the Pinto? That thing looks pretty awesome.
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How much time do you have in the Pinto? That thing looks pretty awesome.
Thanks! Im a picky PITA too (just ask my wife). But Im a perfectionist by nature so of course that will rear its ugly head when doing artwork. I'm an all around artist so you can imagine when I do a portrait what kind of hell I put myself through.
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Oh yea I can imagine. I drew a house a few years ago now, first time doing a house, all pencil, took like 30 some hours. Im a long haired dude, its a wonder I had any hair left haha.

I just graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors in Industrial Design/Transportation Design. My main Indstructor always got on me about being a perfectionist. I can't say as I blaime him, I was getting so bad with it, I wasnt completing my projects on time, never a good thing. OCD on perfectionism sucks in a way.

Yea that vector stuff confuses me. I been dabling in photoshop, I need to boost my digital skills for my portfolio. I should get a wacom tablet.
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Appreciate the replies guys. I don't feel so bad now. I was starting to think that maybe I was taking WAY too much time to do my renderings. The one of the Pinto I just finished took about 15-16 hours. I to can do them much faster using traditional techniques and materials. I do love that undo button, comes in very handy. But Im still learning with the digital stuff. I know zip about vector line drawing and all that.
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