It usually takes around two to three hours for this type of portrait. But for a full-face portrait, it takes 5 to 8 hours, or even longer. I do take a break in every hour or so. I can’t sit for long ( my weakness)
I love to make videos while painting. It helps me rectify my faults later on. Moreover, it becomes a video portfolio of my paintings which I upload regularly on my youtube channel. You can try it too. It’s fun and people will love to see your creation in action.
I always prefer to paint in layers for my acrylic paintings. As I am a purely self-taught artist, it was difficult for me at the beginning. But later it becomes easier for me. Now I paint only with acrylic.
Acrylic dries faster. But I don’t use any medium or retarder. I spray only plain water with a mist spray bottle. For a break, I cover my leftover paints with a tight lid with some water spry.
I think you can try acrylic too if you are not trying it yet. It is more versatile and you can paint any subject you want, from abstract to realism.
We will love to see new creations from you. Keep painting. Good luck.