how is it overkill? people seem to have all sorts of suggestions for me, but none of them ever do better work than me. i work the way i work, and i'm happy with the product. other than that, i can't really explain.
oh, hell yes! it takes forever. I've stopped caring about deadlines, and i work on pages until i'm happy with them before moving on to the next. for the most part, at least. i do cut corners here and there to speed things up, but i try to stay away from anything that will lead me down the path of being a robot.
Someday you should do a short story, maybe a WBY shorty, that requires that amount of grit there is in your pencils. You don't even need to ink it, because those pencils are that tight, just a little tweak on the value and their done.
i guess the misnomer is that i trace my pencils. however, if you compare, i make countless tweaks in the inks. i just like heavy structure beneath my artsy fartsy ink-slinging. keeps me on track and i seldom make bad choices that way.