I don't have any specific preferences. For digital I use Clip Studio Paint EX with standard presets. For traditional I use any mechanical pen and cheap paper. If I draw my name/storyboard, I use pre-printed paper though.
I do experiment a lot to make my life easier. For people trying to just find a shortcut because they can't draw XYZ, I recommend learning the basics:
However if you want directions on things to try out, I recommend digging into:
In the end I do a lot of research, take photos and create my own brushes/models rather than taking someone else's because you can adjust it to your own needs and style and you learn a lot on the way. But it is always a good idea to see how other people do it (and you'll most likely come to the conclusion that the best shortcut is proficiency)
I'm not open for commissions or projects. It might change in the future, so if you are interested, check my Twitter for recent updates on that matter.
I'm happy to answer questions you have, but due to time constraints I'm not able to mentor or make detailed explanations.
Figure drawing (it's an exercise you should do on a daily basis for at least 15min to achieve best results)
How to draw manga:
Scott McCloud's books are entertaining and a good starting point
How to draw (Scott Robertson)
But to be honest, don't expect results from just reading or watching tutorials. The best results you will get from actually practicing and drawing. My experience is that the more you know, the more you get afraid of starting your drawing/story/project. So before investing money and time into resources, just start without thinking too much and have fun.
The easiest way is to just start drawing without thinking too much. Be an ignorant kid who just doesn't care if it turns out good or bad as long as you have fun.
Begin with really short strips like 4koma or just one page. Get a feeling of how to tell a story with sequential pictures. But above all have fun with it.
If you get used to it make your stories longer, 4 pages, 8 pages... Look for competitions like the Silent Manga Award. Even if you don't win anything, it is a good motivation and the most important thing is to finish a story from start to end.
Over the years my personal general workflow of making a story looks like this:
To meet my deadlines I start with the most important panels first which take the most time. The left over panels are done quickly or they get simplified (instead of a complicated perspective I use an easier composition)