Did a little research into illustration styles with a pen and tablet. Wacom now has three different levels of stylus/tablet device. The one I’d like is a Cintiq. The lowest form of it is a 13″ tablet/screen that you draw directly on. There are bigger ones but the base model looks useful. $1000 though. Need to find a paying illustration job for something like that.
Making your own brushes for Illustrator is a snap. Just draw a triangle like:
and drag it to the brushes palette making sure to choose Art Brush.
Or use this:
for round ended ink lines. My Bamboo works fairly well.
Did these for practice. Man, I love drawing!