The “ultimate” drawings are not made with a pencil, nor a pen and ink, but are born as prints from a traditional press, because of the following:
1. Printmaking is long process with several (intermediate) states that can be independantly evaluated. Going backward is sometimes difficult but much easier than with ink and pen. Several papers, several colors can be tried independantly. Distinct plates can be combined for making a composite picture. A plate has its own history, and often may be reused, in a more life-like process than a one-shoot drawing.