Susan’s Mom and Dad

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I did a photo restoration for Susan, my son-in-law’s mother, of her mom and dad. This was from a very small wallet sized photo she had that was quite damaged. I wanted to enlarge it to 5″x7″ and 8″x10″ and retain the somewhat grainy look of an old sepia toned photo. Here is a side-by-side before and after. I love doing this and bringing back the life and character of the person’s loved ones!

Susan’s Mom and Dad – before and after restoration.
Susan’s Mom and Dad – 8″x10″ – restoration with Photoshop CC 2017 printed on Epson Premium Matte Paper with Epson 3880 printer.

Stone Mountain Banjo Man – Colored Pencil on Sanded Paper with Powder Blender (10 1/2″ x 13 1/2″)

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UPDATE: This drawing was juried into the 2017 Colored Pencil Society of America Explore This! 13 Online Exhibition. This was quite an honor as only 61 pieces were selected from submissions by the international community of colored pencil artists!  Visit the CPSA online gallery at:

I did this colored pencil drawing of a banjo player in a bluegrass band that was playing at Stone Mountain when we took the family to visit the park a couple years ago. The siding was a bit boring on the porch where the band was playing so I found a photo I took last weekend on our trip to the north Georgia mountains of some really dilapidated siding. Unfortunately it was on a building I help design 40 years ago for a company I used to work for! Does that make me feel old or what!!!

I also did a YouTube tutorial of the layout of the Banjo Man and a second YouTube video of the process of doing the drawing.

A colored pencil drawing with Faber-Castell Colored Pencils and Copic Markers on Uart 800 Sanded Paper using the Powder Blender system by
A colored pencil drawing with Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils and Copic Markers on Uart 800 Sanded Paper using the Powder Blender system by

Historic Norcross Homes – A Magazine Illustration for Inside Gwinnett Magazine 1986

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In the mid-80’s I illustrated for several magazines published by Inside Publishing – Inside Gwinnett, Inside Cobb, Inside Northside and Inside Buckhead. I’ve found a bunch of the magazines and wanted to post a few of the paintings and drawings. It was a wild time working a full time job and doing this on the side. Magazine deadlines didn’t always line up with my work schedule! This was for the March 1986 issue in which an article was written on several Historic Homes of Norcross. Done in watercolor from a photo I took. I also did pencil drawings of 5 other homes for the article which I will try to dig up an post. (Can’t believe this was 30 years ago!!!)

The cover of Inside Gwinnett Magazine Fall 1986 – Historic Homes of Norcross – illustration by George Hoffman (


This is the pencil drawing that was published with the magazine article. I created notecards and envelopes with this image on the front.

A pencil drawing done for the Inside Gwinnett Magazine article on Historic Norcross Homes (

A Speed Drawing of Abigail using Powder Blender and Caran d’Ache Grafwood Pencils

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I had a lot of fun collaborating with my granddaughter Abigail to do this portrait for her mom for her birthday. Abigail took a “selfie” and sent it to me. Done with Caran d’Ache Grafwood Pencils and finished with Powder Blender (the powder) using foam brushes and paper stumps for blending. Paper used was Strathmore 500 Bristol Plate Finish (8″x10″).

Caran d’Ache Grafwood Pencils on Strathmore 500 Bristol Plate paper.


A Fun Sketch of Abigail – 8’x10″ Photoshop CC with Digital Pencils

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A fun digital sketch of Abigail using Photoshop CC 2017. Abigail took a “selfie” with her iPhone and I decided to try out some new Photoshop CC brushes and actions.

Meet my Nana! A photo restoration from her silent movie days…

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From an ad in 1920 of a movie my grandmother and her sister starred in when they were in their early 20’s.

My “Nana” was Francis Mann, who in her younger days starred in silent movies when the movie industry was located in New York. She and her sister, Alice Mann were both actresses in silent films with her sister becoming more well known with her roles as Fatty Arbuckle’s leading lady in films, acting alongside Buster Keaton.  One was “His Wedding Night” available on Youtube. (She is the blonde with the wavy hair that appears with Buster Keaton in the first scene and throughout the movie.) “Auntie Alice” and “Nana” as we called them later when they were our Great Aunt and Grandmother lived in Hollywood, Florida in the 60s and early 70s and we would visit regularly. We lived with our Nana when I was a senior in High School and we visited on weekends with Auntie Alice. Mom told us stories of Fatty Arbuckle and how he’d come to visit with their fellow actors on Sundays and Arbuckle was famous for his chili. Unfortunately, there was a scandal surrounding Fatty Arbuckle that destroyed his career. Mom always contended that there was no way he did what he was accused of and he was finally acquitted after three trials. (Link to story here).

Here is a still photo from a movie set featuring my grandmother Francis Mann and an unknown actor that I decided to restore:

This is the original photo in a scrapbook my mother kept of her mom – Francis Mann’s movie career (1917).


Francis Mann Movie Photo Restored using Photoshop CC 2017.

Here is a Youtube video showing the restoration process and the Photoshop tools used to rebuild the photo:

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How to Create a Sepia Graphite Portrait in Photoshop (with tutorial video)

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A portrait of Ava done with Photoshop CC 2017. Printed on Epson Ultra Premium Matte Photo paper.

A Video Tutorial on Capturing a Vintage Image from the Internet and Restoring It in Photoshop

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You can easily capture a vintage image from the internet and restore it with Photoshop and then create a Before-and-After photo. Here is a YouTube video I created showing how I did this restoration in about 10 minutes.

Here is a composite image of the restored image captured from of Carol’s great-uncle Herman E. Carter.

Here is a short YouTube video showing how I captured and restored Corporal Carter’s photo and then created a side-by-side image of the restoration.

Herman Carter – a WW1 Hero! A Restoration of His Posthumous Certificate of Honor from France

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This is my most ambitious photo restoration ever! I got this box of scraps from Carol’s mom from a drawer I opened when we helped her get ready for getting carpet installed. It is a posthumous memorial certificate for Herman Carter – Carol’s great uncle who was killed in World War 1 while sitting up in a tree. The war had just been declared over and the armistice signed, but the troops where he was didn’t know it (and the enemy didn’t know it). This is a labor of love and took many hours. The certificate was given by the French government to the U.S. soldiers who gave their life in the war and is signed by the president of France. I am not sure how to put the original back together but at least this print will be able to be framed nicely. I have tried to preserve the patina of the document. Also, it means a lot to me because my grandfather also fought in France in World War 1 and received the French Medal of Honor. I have the medal framed with the certificate which I got from my mom. My grandfather went to France when he was 17 and fought with the French before the U.S. entered the war. Maybe he and Herman knew each other! What brave men our country has had serving over many years and in many wars. And thank you to all the troops serving today!

This is the final 13"x19" Document restored from the torn and damaged original pieces.
This is the final 13″x19″ Document restored from the torn and damaged original pieces.
Original scanned pieces.
Original scanned pieces.

Here is a YouTube video of the restoration project. You can scan forward if you want to see how I put together the pieces and cleaned up the document for printing:

A before and after view of the Memorial Certificate issued in 1918 to the family of Herman E. Carter, killed in action in France on November 6th, 1918.

Josiah – Graphite on copy paper – 8 1/2″x11″ with Powder Blender

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I took this picture of my wonderful grandson Josiah a couple years ago as he was looking out his front window. I’ve been wanting to do a drawing from it and decided to do a quick sketch on some HP copy paper to get an idea of how I wanted it to look. I was using some new Caran d’Ache Graphwood pencils (2B, 3B, 6B and 8B) I got from Dick Blick last week. The drawing kept getting better and better and I couldn’t stop. I got to a point where I wanted to smooth out the background and skin tones and decided to try the Powder Blender system and it worked great. ( The system is designed for colored pencils – especially oil base pencils, but the texture and grit of the powder made a great vehicle to even out the textures. I’ll try it on a more robust paper (Strathmore 500 Bristol Plate) next time! Anyway, here’s the “sketch” and a YouTube video of the Powder Blender system and how I used it for this drawing.

Original photo:

Original photo of Josiah in profile
Original photo of Josiah in profile
Josiah on HP 24lb Copy Paper with Caran d’Ache Grafwood pencils and Powder Blender
Josiah on HP 24lb Copy Paper with Caran d’Ache Grafwood pencils and Powder Blender