Last month I’ve stumbled about a series of very interesting tweets:
Often drawings go wrong because the artist hasn’t thought beforehand about how much time to budget for that particular drawing.— Tips from Jesse Hamm (@Hamm_Tips)
Budget too much time for a drawing and you’ll grow tired and bored well before it’s completed. It may become stiff, overworked, uninspired.— Tips from Jesse Hamm (@Hamm_Tips)
Budget too little time for a drawing, and toward the end you may become panicked and frustrated, cutting corners and making sloppy mistakes.— Tips from Jesse Hamm (@Hamm_Tips)
Decide at the outset what you want your drawing to achieve, and be realistic about how much time that should take. Then, stick to your plan.— Tips from Jesse Hamm (@Hamm_Tips)
(The whole account is chockfull of helpful tips and very much worth checking out)
I’ve never thought about time in that manner before. Oh, of course I’ve heard about “schedule drawing time every day” and “set deadlines and hit them”, but somehow I didn’t put two and two together and made the connection:
You can budget time like you budget money.
(Time IS money, I hear the goblins in WoW yelling, and damn, they’re right.)
These days drawing time is precious – Between job and chores and relationship I rarely manage twenty hours a month – twenty precious hours. And, like the second tweet says, I always tend to overwork my art, since I always had a “it takes as long as it takes” approach, even if it meant that stupid tree takes five hours.
(Writing time is tight too, but not quite that precious. I can find it here and there, a pen and a notebook can be carried almost anywhere, while for my art I need to be on my desk.)
This whole thing is definitely worth a try.