I have always wanted to illustrate a book entirely in pencil, my favorite
medium. I like it for its freshness, and that I can conceivably eliminate
the entire inking step, which would save a lot of time, especially when the
deadline is short.
Now I have an opportunity to do a book in pencil, and I'm trying to make my
case to the publisher. I know it must be processed as a halftone, which
makes a tad more work for the printer, but the overall look will be
contemporary and attractive, so there is a plus there.
Can one get good reproducible results with an all graphite approach? Is it
really more expensive to reproduce, or do digital methods of scanning make
this less of an issue? Does anyone have any tips for surfaces to use, etc.?
I am told that plastic pencils on Cronaflex make for a nice effect, so I
must try this. I want to work up a couple of figures as a sample for the
Any ideas or resources would be greatly appreciated!