These are both Nick the Tailor designs too, recently went through a phase painting his designs. I figure I’ll paint classic designs until they are second nature that way my designs will have a classic feel.
I’ve tried a bunch of paints but I’ve settled in on FW acrylic inks or Amsterdam Ink which seems like the same stuff. I like that it is waterproof once dry. I just ordered a bottle of Waverly color Acrylic ink in green because it is the same color as the Intenze Bowery green and I want to be able to paint stuff before I tattoo it.
Paper is paper but arches makes spit shading easier because it holds up better. That said, if you’re good, then canson paper is just fine.