• Fur Affinity Forums are governed by Fur Affinity's Rules and Policies. Links and additional information can be accessed in the Site Information Forum.

How long does it take for you to draw?


Some weird teen on the web that likes cartoons
Title is pretty self-explanatory. How long does it take you to draw, from sketch to finished product, on average? And if you want to go a little more specific, how long does each step take?

For me, I take about an hour and thirty minutes to three hours, but sometimes goes up to six hours on fake screenshot-type pictures. Sketching takes me about twenty to thirty minutes per person in the drawing, lining about ten minutes for each one, and coloring goes from ten to thirty minutes. Shading takes ten to twenty minutes, and backgrounds range heavily from five minutes to an hour. Then I finish up the drawing and make everything look uniform and nice, this ranges from five minutes to thirty depending on how complex the drawing is.


Werewolf a Tophat
When I draw I think It would take me like about an hour to draw a simple head because I keep erasing and erasing again and again because I can't draw good.


The sheep
Can be long (even months inbetween submissions) but I'm lazy too so...

If I bucked down and did something of reasonable quality I'd say it takes like, 10ish hours of proper effort to make something I'd make.


Tetched In The Head
...It takes me quite awhile.
Sometimes I can finish something within a few days, and then there are drawings like the one I'm working on now where I've been working on it for 16 days and I'm not even happy with the construction yet.

But construction definitely takes the longest.
I start with something really rough, then create a new set of construction lines and slowly start refining it over time.
I'll usually go through 12ish sets of construction lines.

The linework usually only takes me 3-4 hours, and the coloring/shading probably the same.

But my drawings are fairly large, and I use a mouse still, soo...


Well-Known Member
When it comes to a full-drawing, background, shading, highlights, and everything, I can take up to 8-13 hours usually over a week or two. When I'm really motivated maybe just the same day.
I spend the most time fixing the sketches in the first few hours.

When it comes to simple things, that can range anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours.


I pounce i bounce.
5 to 15 minutes. If i get really into a piece and start adding color i may take 30-50 minutes.

My drawings are more akin to doodles. They're nice to look at imo. Whenever i attempt to add details i feel like it just muddys my pictures. =w=


Well-Known Member
It really depends.

Something like this takes about 30-45 min. I'm not too fussy about the lines, so once I sketch out a rough construction lines, I'm pretty much done.


If I'm going for something more finished, I spend a lot more time on the lining and shading so this is probably around 4hrs or so. Especially since I overlay the lines for this style so I'm going back afterwards to make sure the lines look clean and smooth.


And actual scene like this one probably took somewhere between 8-10hrs. Because this is set in a dark space, the base colors for everything is darker so it take a long time to make the colors look correct in relation to each other.


Sorry for the long post, but it's easier for me to explain when there's pictures.


back to Aussie foxying!
I'm usually pretty slow, partially due to lazyness, being busy, and not getting it to look quite right. This is especially if i'm drawing a comic, very difficult to draw characters consistantly. So it can sometimes take several months for me to finish even a relatively simple piece.

However, i have found i've started to get quicker, just taking a couple or even just one day for something. I hope this is a good sign!

Also, it's very interesting to see how varied our drawing rates are!


New Member
man, it really depends on what im drawing and how im feeling! cheebs can take like 15 minutes but a full rendered piece can take daaaaays!


Dreaming Hobbyist
Admittedly I can be lazy and I work slowly to keep myself from being burnt out. I enjoy sketching more than doing fully lined, colored / shaded pieces when it comes to digital. For traditional I throughly enjoy the painting process with watercolor. It can take me a few hours to a few days to complete something from start to finish. Sometimes weeks depending on how bad my depression and anxiety are.


nose-bleeding disaster
classic answer, but yeah, it really depends ! A clean traditionnal pencil sketch will take something like 20 minutes, but a full illustration can be something from 4 to 8 hours ! (not in one go, of course x) )
But sometimes i also like to do some doodles in a few seconds/minutes :)
I think it's really nice to experiment and try spending more/less time on a piece, it's definitely a good training and it can be really fun ! Sometimes the time you spend on a drawing does not affect the quality, but gives different results style wise !
Something great i learned in art school is to do life drawings of anything in 5 minutes, using different tools/techniques (not looking at your paper, drawing with your opposite hand...) It gives funny results sometimes, and other times you get something really beautiful and unexpected !

This is something that helped me sketch quicker, and without worrying and re-doing my lines so much !


The most common thing I get commissioned is full body artwork. For something like pictured below it can take between 3 to 5 hours to get it done, depending on lineart/colour/shading complexity:


New Member
Really depends. Line art typically takes a couple hours if it's only a single character, but can take less depending on the requested style. A full-age color painting can take anywhere from 8 to 40 hours, depending on # of characters, objects, etc. I often end up using personal projects to experiment with new techniques, so they almost always take 2-3x the amount of time to do as commissions.

Darin Waller

The Dreamer.
I guess I don't usually count the hours alone, but what I've noticed is that my sketches often take from 30 minutes to an hour depending on how much I work to refine them and the size. If I'm just doing gesture practice (which I do a lot lol) the exercises don't take longer than 5 minutes.


On bigger/cleaner projects I can take from 12 to 48 hours, usually trough a week or two, but I certainly could work even faster if I didn't distract myself so often!

I think I have the hardest time working on lineart. It ain't my strongest suit, and again, I find it easier to get distracted while working on that part! Therefore a lot of my personal pieces end up as dirty sketches with some coloring and shading (like the one above). I'm still trying to work on that though.


50% metal, 45% Feathers, 5% Owl
Complexity and planning play a key part in how long obviously, so the time ranges can vary quite wildly but I like to think I am a pretty fast artist all things considered.


5-30 min


10-60 min


50-90 min


80-120 min


4-6 hours.

Slightly nsfw, so double spoiler

12-16 hours


Active Member
It really depend of what I'm drawing, I don't usually have time to draw and paint as I would like, but If I set aside time I spend on my work or doing chores :s I think it takes 5 or 6 hours average, I spend most of time doing the sketch and lineart, when it comes to paint, and shadows and lighting i'm faster :D also it takes more time if I'm working with perspective, more characters and backgrounds :O


Some weird teen on the web that likes cartoons
Complexity and planning play a key part in how long obviously, so the time ranges can vary quite wildly but I like to think I am a pretty fast artist all things considered.
Dang, you're able to draw a fully colored/shaded scene-drawing in just two hours? If I drew something like that Christmassy one it'd take me like, ten, haha. I envy you.


50% metal, 45% Feathers, 5% Owl
Dang, you're able to draw a fully colored/shaded scene-drawing in just two hours? If I drew something like that Christmassy one it'd take me like, ten, haha. I envy you.
Line art usually takes the longest for most people, with shading and coloring as a after thought. Instead of line art, shading and coloring is how I define characters and environments. My style is basically designed for speed. : P


Really depends on what I draw. Mostly my sketches take about 30min up to an hour. Sometimes longer. Lining and basic color is probably the fastest part. I love lining and got faster and faster over time. Shading/rendering is what requires the most time. Mostly 5 hours and more. Sometimes even days or weeks if it's a group picture /multiple characters with background. I don't do these very often tho.


Lover of Beasty Baes
Depends on the piece.
The quickest things I do are action sketches with flat colors. I use 3 to 5 colors with minimal shading, mainly different values of temperature. If I have a reference, it takes me less than 20 minutes. Most of the time is spent getting the pose, anatomy, and perspective right.

If I am working on something with full shading and effects, it takes me about 3 hours-
Most of the time then is spent applying the effects- different shading levels, textures, and color corrections. It takes even longer since I get up every hour and a half or so.
Plus I always work in 4 hour blocks, so a piece of work like the later can get divided up between sessions