My favored materials are black sharpies of all sizes and bic round stick medium pens on smooth and completely un-textured white paper. As I work on a piece, I usually start with the heavy black-and-white stuff and then progress to the soft sections so I can avoid any collateral smearing that would undoubtedly occur during the hours I spend with my hands pressed up against the paper.
Last night, I finished the black stuff in my latest picture all the way up to one final corner...
You can't possibly realize how excited this makes me! When I began this drawing, I had ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA how complex and time consuming it would become...or just how much havoc it would wreak on my cramping right hand. Thank goodness playing the trumpet seems to use mostly different muscle movements, otherwise I'd be up a creek...so to speak.
Once I finish this final corner I'll abandon my sharpies and take up some combination of pencil (colored or not...I haven't quite decided that yet...and I'll have about an hour--two at the outside--of drawing left in which to make that decision) and possibly a bit more bic pen for intensity. I'm excited to move forward, but still praying that my occasional negligent clumsiness won't interfere with a work I'm really coming to love.