Depends on the comic.
The links go directly to page images to save you the trouble of flipping through them.
These times exclude
the thumbnailing stage, as I'd rather cover that separately.
I do all my scripting ahead of time and before thumbnailing, but these scripts just have actions and dialogue, they don't split anything into pages or panels (but sometimes I'll describe a particular panel if I have a very strong visual that I don't think I'll think of later).
Senka takes about an hour to an hour and a half for most pages
(longer for the really scenery-porny
ones). Half an hour for the (loose) pencilling, the rest is inking. Scanning, cleaning, lettering took another 5 minutes per page.
The Side Stories were pretty much neat, toned sketches
, so most of those took about an hour per page.
Black Dram had greyscale-painted pages
. Most Black Dram pages took between 2 and 4 hours, but the pages with a lot of faces or enviro detail took longer, sometimes up to 6 (not including research time for landmarks and the like). Of that time, drawing speech bubbles and lettering took about 15-20 minutes, about half an hour went into doing the flats, and another half an hour into shading+lighting, the rest was pencilling and inking (obviously, not in that order). I was a bit obsessive about getting the inks smooth and perfect, which was a terrible idea and I've learned my lesson.
Another issue with Black Dram that made pages take so long to do is that my motivation pretty much died once the romance started, haha. I will never draw a romance comic again.
My coloured side-projects had roughly the same technique as Black Dram except with colours, so they took about the same amount of time as BD.
My current project is fully painted in colour, so I want
to say it'll take longer, but since there's no inking stage, it might not be that much more time-consuming than BD. I'm guessing it'll take 4-6 hours per page once I get the hang of it, and I plan to put a 10-hour hard limit on the pages to keep myself from over-painting the difficult parts.
I think the most time-consuming stage for me is actually the thumbnailing, which is why I excluded that time from the estimates above. Each page thumbnail
takes me anywhere from 2 minutes to an hour, and I often put entire days between them because I'm not feeling the scene or whatever. This is something I'm working on fixing by trying different ways to approach them, but I haven't found a solution yet.
For example, I've been working on the thumbnails for my current project for over a week and a half, but I have only 17 pages thumbnailed. I don't tnink I've done any thumbnails for 3 days now :| Part of that is that my day job drains all my energy, but even on some weekends I end up doing nothing.