Since the beginning of the year I have been using cheap sketchbooks and decent pencils. I keep a pencil sharpener and a good eraser nearby while I work. Funny thing is I almost always misplace the eraser and the sharpener is a close second. I feel like I spend more time looking for my eraser than actually drawing.
Most everything I draw I do in about 15 minutes or less.
Digital pencils and inking is still awkward for me. The hand eye coordination thing is fine for me with the tablet and I can deal with the slight delay of the strokes. What gets me is the tactile sensation. There isn't the feeling of the paper or the pencil moving on it. The grip of the paper vs. the smoothness of the ink isn't there either.
I need to see about making character reference sheets for my finalized designs, this will help with consistency in proportions.