It's February and I am designing and illustrating a book about community and local memories. The colour drawing above is from a tiny black and white photo of Fryston Colliery Workers in the 1950's.
I like using the Brush Pen, although I find it difficult to draw outlines with I find it good for other things in drawing. The broken line or dry brush is known as breath in Chinese Brush Drawing and this is desirable in creating an image with energy, at least that's what I think I remember reading. The dry brush effect is also reflective of coal smudges, hard work and grit, something the people of the time would have been familiar with.
The calligraphy paper (this link is the closest I can get to what it might be...) is thin, around 40 - 50gsm and is more like traditional layout paper, translucent enough to redraw images through when things go wrong.