Hi, Tim. Greetings from Finland. I'm just curious, have you ever checked how long it takes for you to ink something like this (breaks excluded)? For that matter, have you become any faster over these 18 years? Cause you know the only thing that comforts me right now is the thought that maybe it takes at least a couple of hours or so; that maybe it's NOT a magic trick or an act of god; that maybe I just need to take my time and keep on practising and one day my stuff'll be even remotely as sharp as yours.
I do about a page ( or cover) a day. I typically work about 8 or 9 hours a day, sometimes more, sometimes less. I'd be considered about average in terms of speed. My style and approach doesn't lend itself to speed. I don't know anyone who could ink something like this with any sort of quality in a couple of hours. This stuff takes time. Keep your expectations realistic and focus on quality. You'll speed up over time. And thanks for the kind words!