You've made Red such a deep and complex character.
I can't wait for more of the Nuzlocke!
Overall, nice ect.
I'm working with photoshop (I have CS5), I use a regular hard-point brush (the default photoshop brush) and the texture is also from the basic texture pack that comes with photoshop. As for how I work with them - I merge down the ink layer with the basic colors (that includes the basic flat shadows), and I begin mixing them together using the hard-point brush that has "transfer" activated (so the opacity changes with the pressure of my wacom)
and I don't think the explanation needs to be said out loud. I'm happy you found your own meaning for it.
*Begins to look at Nuzlock*