Wednesday, September 07, 2005

How long do you spend on each ATC?

How long do you spend (on average) creating each card? Maybe I'm missing something here, but I spend about 3 hourse (give or take depending on the card) on each card. I'm not saying you should, or shouldn't. It's just what I do. I have a hard time getting a lot of cards ahead to trade. Anyone else in the same boat?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Depending on WHAT type of medium I am working in.

If its Chinese Brush, a card will only take a few minutes - but add in the time it took me to grind my ink (which I do) & you are adding an additional 45 minutes or so. Meaning, when I do Chinese Brush, I make several at one time. Therefore, I ALWAYS am ahead.

If I am working with acrylics & a more complex image or idea, yes, the card can take up to 3-4 hours to complete.

I missed the other question about digitally produced images being considered "handcrafted", so I am going to respond here:

NO. Even though I appreciate the time that goes in to SOME digitally produced work, I still don't feel the work is original or handcrafted.

I am a purist. You can tell where I stand about original art & to sell or not sell, right? LOL

Thanks for the opportunity MC!

12:22 p.m.  
Anonymous Pamdelion said...

Yes, I'm in the same boat. Every time I sit down to work on my ATC's, I end up spending hours. I thought they were going to be "fast art" because they're so small, but I was wrong.

4:29 p.m.  
Blogger littlepage said...

I am VERY slow...I would love to be prolific, but I just don't see that happening.

I agree that the medium does make a difference. When I do collage, altered pieces, or (what I call) my "obsessive-compulsive doodles," they can easily take hours. With the doodles in particular, to another person they may end up looking like a quick jumble (which I attribute to a failure of technique on my part - I'm still learning), but because of my OC nature, I'm very particular about each line. It's not at all random, and so very slow.

Perhaps as my technique improves this may change, but certain things, like creating rust, layering glaze, or aging paper, are always going to take a long time.

I've actually made it a recent challenge to myself to experiment with more fluid, fast-moving techniques, precisely because it will push me in a direction I've never gone before. (Whether anything pleasing will result is another matter altogether!)

It is good to know that for others out there, though, ATCs are not necessarily a quick process, either!

10:22 p.m.  
Blogger Sharon K. Shubert said...

What takes the longest for me is the DESIGN. I spend HOURS searching through my stashes of supplies for all the right components for just 1 card. I also spend hours just thinking of new and interesting collage' designs. When I actually put it all together, it doesn't take very long.

8:43 a.m.  
Blogger tims said...

about 30 min./card
montage mostly...from...separate...
boxes of

2...magazine pictures
3...kinds of lettering
4...color pencils/markers

use white glue for #2...stick down
with 'tongs' [stamp collector...:):)]fingers too large!!!

then stickers/lettering
finally,colored pencil &or markers to fill in spaces or to make shapes

i decorate both sides
i cover cards with wide cellotape...i like the 'eeeeetcchhh'
sound it makes + the smoothness
of card finished

tim scannell
port angeles

8:16 p.m.  
Blogger Matt Jones said...

I spend about 1-2 hours on my ATCs, sometimes more. I really wanted to reply to the anonymous user in regards to their lack of understanding the digital process one undergoes when creating digital art.

If I was to create a digital ATC it would take longer than by hand. I sketch in my moleskine or sketchbook & then scan into computer. After this I take the sketch into program of choice (ill, photoshop, artrage, painter) & outline & color & toy & blah-blah-blah.

I have been doing art by hand & digitally & both are by my hand. I understand that you do not do digital art & am okay with that but your comment is more than just your opinion & one of almost insult to a digital artist.

I hope you someday see that digital art is 'handcrafted'. I would consider myself a purist but, I feel a title like that doesn't allow 'me' to keep my artistic mind open to new ideas & other's art.

Good luck with your art.

9:13 p.m.  

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