In all of the many, lengthy discussions between Ben and I regarding the look of Eden, we agreed that each facet of the writing should be represented by a unique artistic signature, and the decision to represent this chapter in pencil was among the first of those choices made. I forget which of us had this idea originally, I think it was Ben, and we were both a little unsure how it would turn out. For my money, this chapter is the best art Ben has ever produced, and he shows that he is a true artist in his ability not only to match his own skill, but in fact to thrive when challenged.
I can't say I've enjoyed doing a single page like this, only because I've grown so used to doing my final stuff in ink, but as painstaking as the process was, I look back at almost every page and impress myself. Sounds conceited, maybe, but I wouldn't do the art I do if it wasn't the art I liked.