THE object of this book is to explain the modern (they were modern at the time of this book printing) systems of Book and Newspaper Illustration, and especially the methods of drawing for what is commonly called "process," on which so many artists are now engaged.
There is almost a revolution in illustration at the present time, and both old and youngteachers and scholarsare in want of a handbook for reference when turning to the new methods. The illustrator of to-day is called upon suddenly to take the place of the wood engraver in interpreting tone into line, x and requires practical information which this book is intended to supply.
The most important branch of illustration treated of is line drawing, as it is practically out of reach of competition by the photographer, and is, moreover, the kind of drawing most easily reproduced and printed at the type press; but wash drawing, drawing upon grained papers, and the modern appliances for reproduction, are all treated of.
The best instructors in drawing for process are, after all, the painters of pictures who know so well how to express themselves in black and white, and to whom I owe many obligations. There is a wide distinction between their treatment of "illustration" and the so-called "pen-and-ink" artist.
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