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Vine charcoal

October 19, 2016

I feel a little silly that I had no idea what vine charcoal was until today. The pieces I had showed buds so it was more obvious that it was actually a smoked grape vine. Yes I googled it. I’m not sure if the one I had used before were grape vine or willow branch. I don’t remember seeing buds before. 
I also learned why vin charcoal is so great for doing toned paper renderings like these. Because they are smoked sticks or vines, they don’t have any binders added like you would get in a compressed charcoal or charcoal pencil. That makes for easy erasing and smooth blending. 

These were started by rubbing the side of the stick on the paper and rubbing it in with a paper towel until medium value and smooth texture. Small circular motions are the trick. Then the fun part. I like to start with the highlights, pulling them out with a block eraser. I used the white kind. A needed dresser is helpful though I didn’t use one today. Sooo fun! I did one in each art class as a demo since many kids were out for PSAT testing today. So I worked on each about 45 minutes. 


October 11, 2016

After Da Vinci’s notebook grotesques. The one on the right is based off me. Looking good Steven!

Drawing a front view. Visual instruction plan. 

October 11, 2016

From today’s lesson on drawing the front view of A human head. Tried using a visual instruction plan for the first time. Basically that means that you show the steps instead of just doing a demonstration. I like that for the students that were absent yeasterday I had something to recap that day. It also gave me a framework for talking to students who were on a different pace. As in, I’d like you to do step number 5 next. Made for a lot less one to one tutoring which can side line the teacher. One more class period tomorrow for this one. I think most of the students will be able to finish. 

Celebrating 4,000 sales on GraphicRiver!

July 16, 2016


4,002 sales on Graphic River and counting. I didn’t want to let the mile stone pass without a shout out. Here also is a sneak peak at my new set of rope letters numbers and symbols that’s in the works. Ready made so you don’t have to do the Adobe Illustrator part, you can just place a few transparent png files for the letters you need and zip. Off you go. Of course it works seamlessly with my number one best selling vector rope brush for Adobe Illustrator.

Selling 4,000 items on GraphicRiver has been great. Now if I could just figure out how to sell my next 4,000 items waaaaay faster! I’ve actually been fooling around with GR for 5 years off and on. Wow, has it really been that long? For everybody who has bought one of my items, thank you for contributing to that 4,ooo! I take great pride in my work. Check out all my fun brushes and styles for Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop Here>

What’s your favorite Fruit?

July 9, 2016

A new cartoon for Real Normal Diet


I love working on these! This one is totally based on a true story! So, what is your favorite fruit? I had some really good grapes today.

Detailed Rope Brush gets 500 Sales on GR

June 15, 2016


I’m going to celebrate early because I know that I have sold some of this item on Etsy and Fotolia as well, but I’m inching toward 500 sales of my “Detailed Rope Brush with Ready Made Assets”(long name) set on Graphic River. Yeeeeeeaaaaaah!

Would that all my items did so well! Right now she’s sitting at 490 purchases. To help encourage people to send me over the top I’m knocking a buck off the price till I get there!


It’s been getting great review as well (25 so far, 4.6 average)! I really enjoy reading reviews where someone takes the time to say why, like this one…


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