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Brushes & Tones of Grey
I use only 5 tones of grey (from white to black) and 5 Illustrator brushes to create black & white art.
The greys are 25%, 50%, and 75% (rarely used). The light blue (50% Cyan) is used to indicate rough drawing and is never used on the finished drawing.
Most of the drawing is done using two different widths of pressure-sensitive brush. These will produce thinner or thicker lines depending on how heavily I press down on the stylus while drawing.. This mimics the dip-pens and brushes that I used to use when I was working on paper.