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Overview Over the past two decades, computer graphics has
evolved to a point where intricate scenes can be rendered with
impressive realism. However, although photorealistic rendering
certainly has its place in many applications, communicating complex
scenes in a truly effective manner requires a different approach. The
field of graphic illustration provides many techniques to create
images that are artistically pleasing and engaging while they
communicate their subject effectively to the viewer.
Pen-an-ink illustration is a medium with many advantages of its own. Formost,
because it used only black ink on white paper, it reproduces very easily and
inexpensively with relatively little loss of information. It also allows fine
detailing, and harmonizes well with text. For these reasons, it is widely used in
textbooks, newpapers, and other publishing media. In a computer environment, it
has the added advantage that the outputs can be produced on inexpensive laser
The goal of the pen-and-ink computer generated illustration project is to
apply graphics techniques borrowed from pen-and-ink illustration to the automatic
rendering of three-dimensional scenes.
Computer-Generated Pen-and-Ink Illustration. Georges Winkenbach and David H. Salesin.
Proceedings of SIGGRAPH 94 (Orlando, Florida, July 24-29, 1994). In Computer Graphics,
Annual Conference Series, 1994. Also available as
technical report TR 94-01-08.