The visual interest of a pencil drawing is as much a question of texture as it is of method. Frédéric Back felt that covering large surfaces with coloured pencil did not yield interesting animated effects. He decided to 'work small' as much as possible, ideally within a 10 x 15 cm frame. During projection, the resulting enlargement of the pencil marks gave character to the line and colour. To work on such a small scale, Back often resorted to a magnifying glass.
Frédéric Back working on a small drawing.