7 hours is the amount of time it took me to create Kitty Lander, start to finish. I decided to take a break from my Crystal Cove mermaid piece this week and do something different. Since I’ve been wondering about the amount of time I spend actually creating art, I timed this one too.
I think there are several reasons why I was able to do this image so much faster than a colored pencil piece. For starters, there’s no background. That saves a bunch of time. I was able to focus my efforts on the main subject. In this case, a very cute kitten and a somewhat silly-looking spacecraft.
This was also the first piece I’d done in a long time with plain graphite pencils. That saves time, too, since I don’t have to worry about color. All I had to think about with this image was the hardness of the pencil I was using. Harder pencils make finer lines and lighter shading. Soft pencils make fatter lines and darker shading.
The most tedious part of this drawing was the lander. I had to do some drafting to get the angles and perspective right. That takes a bit of time because I have to get out the straight edge and very carefully work out the placement of the lines and details. I probably spent an hour of the total time on that part.
I also spent some time looking for reference photos. I used several reference photos for the kitten. I used one main image for the pose and several others for the markings.
The lander isn’t even close to any real spacecraft that I know of, but I did have some Apollo capsule images on my screen while I drew it. I took a few design cues from those.
Mostly, though, this is just a drawing that’s meant to be cute. No deep meaning. No existential whatever. Just cuteness. I think it was 7 hours well spent.