As you improve in your art you will find that your speed increases naturally. As you move into creating art for clients it is even more important to know how long it roughly takes to produce a picture and what steps need to be done or you will be quickly out of business.
One way to increase your speed while increasing your quality is to get a process that works for you. Working on client work is not the time to try out a new technique. Create a fool proof way of doing things that you don’t have to think so hard about so you can concentrate on the picture itself. That comes with practice and knowing the tools that you are working with.
An example of this is when I do my cartooning work. If I use a dip pen my process is a bit slower but I like the way it feels. However if I am in a hurry with a tight timeline I use my Micron pen which I can work very quickly with. Find out what works for you and use that technique on a regular basis. You will be surprised how fast you can increase your speed.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge is a cartoonist and illustrator from Canada, He is the creator of the Drawing with Bruce art series and the Pride Junkie Comic book series. More information can be found on his websites at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com