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« on: May 18, 2012 07:58:49 AM »

I am fairly new to the ATC scene and I was just wondering on average how long it takes people to make one ATC.  I know it could vary depending on technique, so answer assuming there is drawing, coloring, or painting involved.

I'm just trying to figure out if I am abnormally slow or if an hour a card is about right Smiley

*** I didn't post this question in the "Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)" forum as I didn't actually have a picture to post.

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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2012 08:32:26 AM »

If you're anything like me, sometimes you can whip out a great ATC in a short amount of time, and sometimes it takes forever to make one you're still not happy with. I usually collage mine, so I'm not sure how people who generally draw or paint would answer this.

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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2012 07:47:53 AM »

I have tried all kinds of techniques and I usually spend no less than an hour but every now and then maybe if it's a real simple idea it might take less.  Face it even if you draw you or paint you are waiting for things to dry, erasing, starting over etc.  Then there is the occasion when you just think it sucks and throw it away...rrr...just did this.

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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2012 06:43:33 AM »

I don't make a lot of ATC's or ACEO's but when I do it takes forever.  I made a miniature screen door (2.5" x 3.5") once that took ages to complete.  I also quill them occasionally or make them entirely of paper beads.  I guess it depends on what you're creating and what you're making them from.
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2012 06:07:03 PM »

sounds about right, i tend to be picky about my own work even when it is small. i keep a small sketch book in my purse for playing with ideas when i have a little extra time, and this weekend when i knew we would be on a car trip, i cut several blanks, and took a small drawing kit with me.


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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2012 02:40:47 PM »

For me it usually takes around half an hour, not counting the time it takes the ink/watercolour to dry.

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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2012 05:28:31 AM »


I'm recently new to the ATC world I've only done a few personal swaps and I have done mine in several mediums. I guess if you have and idea before you start your Atc and can visualise what you want it to look like sometimes it could take you next to no time in doing it but other time I know when I've just sat there without thinking about the theme first and jumping head first into the creation it's taken a lot longer than expected !

If you have a few swaps and your worried about a deadline or fitting it in around work then maybe do little bits at a time but start several they all come together at once then and you will have had longer to think about them each I turn !

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