My first render to submit on a CG-Forum ever:
Getting warm with Cycles: The model and the Materials took about 20 minutes to create (together). Lighting and postproduction took another 15 minutes.
The biggest amount time was spent to get the render settings right… I had to fight with an incredible amount of fireflys and clamp wasn’t really helpful in this case. But I didn’t want to spend too much time on this model, because it was a mere exercise, so I simply turned the samples up to 10,000 and reduced the light path settings to a minimum. Took 15 minutes to render on the GPU.
Don’t know if it’s really a Speed-Model, because it took me nearly 2 hours to to create this, although the model was finished after 20 minutes.