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I am colorblind and I work in black and white, but within comics that is not a big hindrance. I use a few methods and techniques for different effects.

In my comics work, the stuff that is straight black and white, old-school, I use a brush and a pen marker and ink. The brush is a Windsor and Newton Series 7, number 4. I sometimes use a number 6 or 8 for larger areas, but my workhorse is the number 4. For fine lines, I use Pigma Micron markers (#'s 2,3 and 5), and the Faber-Castell PITT artist pen, size "S", and for sketches i also use their "B", which is their brush marker. For years, I have used Pelikan ink.

In the tonal work that I do, like CATWOMAN WHEN IN ROME, and the HEROES art, I use the same tools, but I add more grey tones, primarily with two methods, ink wash (which is just diluted ink in varying darknesses) and charcoal. When I use charcoal, I will also sometimes draw with an eraser back into the grey tone that I have just put down, which, because you can never remove all the grey, creates a ghostly effect of light.

I work on 2-ply bristol board paper for the most part, with a rough, or vellum, surface. In comics, that paper is generally supplied by the publisher, but it is widely available. I never work on thinner paper unless it is supplied to me in a personal sketchbook for a convention sketch; I just use too much ink for thin paper not to warp and get funky.

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