This is a bit of work on what started out as a single-column design, inspired and helped along tremendously by the Wordpress style competition, in particular one of the winners: Rubric. Rubric drew one of its graphics from stock.xchng. The pencil graphic I’m currently using is by bradleym (that image is © Bradley Mason), and the gradient is right out of Rubric.

Doesn’t look very single-column any longer, but it’s still not too shabby.