I got a few questions about what i normally use to illustrate/whether it’s traditional or digital and i thought i’d just answer in one post quick.
i primarily draw w/pen and ink and i’m not very precious about how i work. sketches typically start out on regular lined paper and i just throw it under a sheet of cheap white cardstock on a small light table i own (not pictured) and tape them in place with any masking or painting tape i have lying around.
any 2b pencil is fine, i just sharpen it with a knife because i get a longer pencil-edge. any white eraser i can get my hands on. i like inking with a hunt 513 EF nib and a regular black speedball pen holder. i’ve heard from a lot of people that nibs are a little annoying to get the hang of, but in my experience they’re pretty great because you get really wonderful, sensitive lines and a whole bunch of variation. nibs are also pretty cheap and typically last you a good while provided you’re cleaning them (about $0.90 a pop where i buy them). the black micron pen is any 0.1 for inking ittybitty details. higgins black magic ink is super black and super opaque, i like it a lot.
i just throw everything into photoshop after scanning the inks, hit threshold, remove any greys, and put a multiply layer on over it at about 20-30% opacity to slap some shading on with any rough/not entirely round and smooth brush.
your tools aren’t really magic, just literally draw with whatever you have lying around.