Best Eraser Challenge

After reading an article from JetPens about the BEST Erasers, I decided to try their BEST, #SumoGrip, against some of my favorites.

The Collection of contenders

The Test

I started the test by laying down a gradient of Prismacolor Ebony as a control.

For each eraser, using consistent pressure, I dragged the eraser down in a straight line two times. Here’s a closer look at the results

I then drew a solid black line using my Prismacolor Ebony and tried to erase a section of the line using each of the erasers.

Something to think about…
To conduct my experiment, I used a Moleskine Sketchbook. The pages in the sketchbook are ivory-colored, 165 g/mĀ², acid-free paper. While the SumoGrip EE-3000 does a great job removing the Ebony, it also seems to remove some of the actual paper color as well.

Here’s a closer look…

The Outcome

From “the artist” standpoint…

Depending on what I’m trying to accomplish, I can find myself using each of these. They are all strong contenders and provide a different outcome. If you ever look through an artist’s toolkit, you are going to find several different types of erasers from poly/vinyl/plastic, gummed, kneaded, etc., each serving a different function and each providing a different outcome.

From an “I want to remove all evidence” standpoint…

The SumoGrip EE-3000 is impressive! That being said, you get what you pay for. While all of the other erasers in this test cost a couple of dollars, the SumoGrip EE-3000 will run you about $30+ (at the time of this post).

Where to buy

Of course, you can purchase any of these erasers online but if you are looking to buy them locally, here are a few places to try:

  • For a Poly/Vinyl/Plastic eraser such as the Black Pearl (or another of my favorites, the Staedtler Mars, which I did not include in this test)
    • you can try such places as
      • Wal-Mart (in the office supply department)
      • an office supply store in the art or drafting sections
      • an art supply store such as Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc.
  • For a kneaded, gummed, etc.
    • you can try Wal-Mart in the art supply department
    • any office supply company over in either the art supplies or the drafting supplies.
  • For the SumoGrips
    • It might be worth mentioning that I live in a sizeable art-friendly community, Savannah, GA. (the birthplace of the Savannah College of Art and Design). Needless to say, we have a LOT of art supply stores. That being said, I did have a hard time finding the SumoGrips locally as Michaels or Hobby Lobby carries them (again, at the time of this post)
      • I found the Electric SumoGrip EE-3000 at Dick Blick in downtown Savannah but, at the time of this post, they did not carry the small regular eraser blocks.
      • I did end up finding the SumoGrip eraser blocks over at ExLibris, which is the official Savannah College of Art & Design’s bookstore.

Of course, I’d love to hear what you think! Which eraser is your favorite go-to?


G Suite Updates: More collaboration insights in the Activity dashboard

Starting today! (It will take 1-3 days to roll out to everyone)
The ability to see more collaboration insights using the Activity dashboard.
See who did what in the group project, when did they open the file, who shared access to a file, etc.
For more details check out:

Lessons learned in 2018:

Lessons learned in 2018:

– Tell the people you care about that you love them. It has been 22 years since my grandma passed and 12 since my grandpa & mom passed. They passed away 3 months apart.

– Tell people when you miss them.

– Hug them when you see them and hug them before you leave.

– Yes, getting that call back about something being spotted in your mammogram is scary but schedule your appointment anyways.

– Wear sunscreen! That chemo cream on your face, around your eye is no joke! It felt like holes were burnt into my face.

– Be kind to your knees! You’ll miss them when they are gone.

– Know what you are allergic to! Removing Gold and reducing dust has made a world of difference….. Plus no more Fruit Loops for me šŸ¤®

– Know that great loves have come and gone. Wish them best. Hope that they find what they are looking for. Move on. There are other people who need you in their lives.

– Don’t take for granted your family. One day they might get tired and move on as well.

– Finally, pick your battles! Life is too short to be miserable and hateful.

What have you learned?

Love & Logic

As I was brushing up on my “Teaching with Love and Logic”, something popped out at me and I wonder what your thoughts were on the subject.
p.s. if you are a teacher I highly recommend taking a look at Jim Fay’s & David Funk’s book “Teaching with Love & Logic”.Ā  I give it āœ®āœ®āœ®āœ®āœ®!
pg. 19 & 20
Great teachers know that you cannot overpower students, but you can get them to behave, or do theirĀ assignments,Ā because they want to please their teacher.
A great salesperson said to me once:
“You can’t make people angry and sell them something at the same time.”
The only people who think you can,” he said, “are highly educated people, like teachers, who thinkĀ you can get into an adversarialĀ position with students and then sell ’em on the idea of doing what you want.”
Great teachersĀ have discovered that a large part of their success is due to their ability to establish positive relationships with children.
One of the rules of the psychology of self-concept states:
“Human being will perform for the person they love.”
If a person loves himself, he will do it for himself. If he does not have that high self-esteem or belief in self, he will have to do it for someone else until the time comes that he does love himself.