The Kid Who Never Held a Paint Brush

The Kid Who Never Held a Paint Brush

September 3, 2017By Shoshana Brand

🖌 If I were a parent in the U.S, sending my kid to a standard public school, I would hire the best lawyer in town and take the school system to court for not providing my kid with an adequate education. 🖌 My child should receive visual art lessons at least three times a week from … Read More

We Made a Book Trailer

We Made a Book Trailer

August 10, 2017By Shoshana Brand

While Movie Trailers are all around, not every author (or comics creator) makes a Book Trailer. It does not occur to many authors that a Book Trailer can be used as a great exposure and communication tool. For some time, it hasn’t occurred to me either. However, since I was planning to create a YouTube … Read More

Creating Yourself As an Artist

Creating Yourself As an Artist

June 26, 2017By Shoshana Brand

When I graduated with an MFA degree, I knew I was not going to rely on galleries and curators for my career. It was very clear to me that if I wanted to exhibit my artwork, I would somehow find my own venues, and if those venues were not around to find, then I’d build … Read More

Who Is Afraid of Comics & Graphic Novels?

Who Is Afraid of Comics & Graphic Novels?

June 25, 2017By Shoshana Brand

I am about to publish my 4th issue in the series of The English Teacher Comics: Epic School Life. My printer has already informed me that my Proof is on its way to me (and we are both very excited!). After checking the Proof, I’ll be ready to confirm the book, and it will be printed … Read More

Comic Books Tips: Break the Sequence

Comic Books Tips: Break the Sequence

June 20, 2017By Shoshana Brand

Look at those two portraits that I combined into one image. One is Mick Jagger by Andy Warhol, and the other is The Artist’s Mother, by James Whistler.       Imagine they are talking to each other. Will you be able to look at this image for thirty seconds without losing your interest? Probably … Read More

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

April 3, 2017By Shoshana Brand

A+ from teacher Shoshana to the wonderful psychological thriller He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not. During the 1st half of the movie, you will find yourself being fond of the main character (actress Audrey Tautou, from the awesome movie Amelie). During the 2nd half of the movie, you will find yourself in a huge … Read More

Teaching Art to Kids- part 1

Teaching Art to Kids- part 1

February 5, 2017By Shoshana Brand

I’ve decided to teach my young students (ages 5-6, Kindergarten) how to draw. I wanted them to experience success and create artwork that would look mature. We started with tracing. Right away I noticed that many of the students just went all over the white space with their pencil (i.e “colored” the image) or tried to … Read More

Fire Your Gardener & Be Happy

Fire Your Gardener & Be Happy

December 23, 2016By Shoshana Brand

In 2016 there were two dysfunctional relationships in my life: With my ice cream truck driver and with my gardener. The latter was very emotional. It was not the glass door he had broken and lied about (but later paid for). It was not the fact that he eliminated (deliberately?) my most beautiful bougainvillea bush. … Read More

Comic Book Tips Part 2: Paper

Comic Book Tips Part 2: Paper

September 11, 2016By Shoshana Brand

Here I am again, and this time with a little more experience, as two issues of The English Teacher Comics: Epic School Life, are already out there, in paperback and on Kindle. Search and you shall find them here on Amazon  And here is a direct link to my shop, where you can also buy the … Read More

Comic Book Tips: Part 1

Comic Book Tips: Part 1

July 24, 2016By Shoshana Brand

It is the best of times, and it’s the greatest times. Really. No dull moment and no negativity are involved. I am about to launch my comic books, and it’s super exciting. I know many of you would like to know how to start writing and illustrating comics books, how to publish them, and how to … Read More

My Comic Books’ Covers

My Comic Books’ Covers

July 5, 2016By Shoshana Brand

I am about to release the two first comic books in the series of The English Teacher: Epic School Life. This summer will definitely be HOT! It’s now about touch ups; discussions with my technical assistant, and of course – the creation of my front and back covers. I will brag more about it very … Read More

IRMINA – a graphic novel about the Nazi era

IRMINA – a graphic novel about the Nazi era

June 19, 2016By Shoshana Brand

IRMINA, by Barbara Yelin, is a graphic novel about the life of a lady during the Nazi era. Reading dozens and dozens of books about the Holocaust, I never have had the opportunity to read a book written from the point of view of an ordinary German citizen. In this regard, this is a unique book. … Read More

My Gardener, the Colonialist (a short thriller)

My Gardener, the Colonialist (a short thriller)

June 16, 2016By Shoshana Brand

Two weeks ago, while I was talking to the gardener in the front yard, his assistant went to work at the back yard. I heard a loud abrupt noise coming from there, but kind of ignored it, as he continued working, spreading noise with his lawn mower. When they were gone, I looked at the … Read More

Comics As a Stress Reduction Tool

Comics As a Stress Reduction Tool

May 17, 2016By Shoshana Brand

I’ve just finished “The English Teacher’s meeting” segment in my comics. There is one more segment to finish before publishing the comics. The English teachers in my comics are as dysfunctional as their students; they are self-absorbed, strike any food they spot around and don’t listen to each other. I just love them! It’s always … Read More

A Girl Named Melinda

A Girl Named Melinda

May 3, 2016By Shoshana Brand

In Speak, an American teen drama film, based on the novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, a 14-year-old girl named Melinda Sordino (Kristen Stewart) is being raped by a senior student, during a summer party. She is unable to open her mouth to speak about this horrific experience, until she recaptures her confidence, with the help … Read More

Totally There, in My Studio

Totally There, in My Studio

April 19, 2016By Shoshana Brand

I’ve had many studios in my life, and the current one is my favorite. It is cozy; well lit, and serves my needs to create both jewelry and comics. I installed the right light, bought a gorgeous desk, and placed a friendly plant. From the window, I can see my rose garden, and hear the … Read More

Treated Badly

Treated Badly

April 17, 2016By Shoshana Brand

In contrast to what teachers think, they are not the only individuals who are treated badly. There are more groups of individuals who are forced to face discrimination where ever they go. And here they are: Christians, Jews, blonds, bearded men and women, Muslims, those with yellow teeth, those with no teeth, journalists, nuns, Persians, … Read More

The World According to Nyle

The World According to Nyle

March 26, 2016By Shoshana Brand

A+ from teacher Shoshana to Nyle DiMarco, 25, who was the first deaf person to compete for the title American Next Top Model.  He is highly photogenic, and he says things I constantly say to my students. For instance, he says: “I strongly believe that being deaf gives me a huge advantage because of my … Read More

When You Eliminate the Arts

When You Eliminate the Arts

March 26, 2016By Shoshana Brand

Our school’s principal invited an art teacher from some kind of an organization to our school, for a week of short sessions in the Cafeteria. The “art teacher” taught the young students how to draw buildings with a pencil, but did not provide an eraser. She scolded them for not putting down a straight line, forced them … Read More