When was in college I had a professor show us a piece of art that took him 6 years. Intricate piece, nicely done but no one really understood why dedicate so long to it. To most it wasn’t really worth looking at for more than a minute. At that point I realized I wanted to be careful with how much time I invest in pieces.
Getting something printed, yeah makes sense to spend extra time on it for that peace of mind knowing your best is out there.
My current one has taken about two hours so far and it’s nowhere near done. I’ve just basically selected the character settings for Genesis and put some clothes on her because she was feeling a bit cold! Took me ages to find clothes that were suitable for what I wanted.
This is why I am slowly getting back into modelling. I find I spend more time shopping, installing, fixing, hacking and mashing purchased content together than it would take to make it. ( if I got back to speed in creating things.) Will be a few months if not several before I will be of any use, but I hate it when the time it takes to get the pieces sorted adds a substantial amount of time to a project.