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Jack O’Neill Stargate SG-1 Sketch Card Progression by Gary Rudisill

I have done more sketch cards than I can even remember or counted.  When I decided to do this one, I felt it would be nice to post some progression (WIP Work In Progress) Pics.

Sketch Card Progression by Gary Rudisill

I will even do better than posting the pics.  I will even give you a little information on what I did in each Progression.


Jack Pic 1 by Gary Rudisill

Jack O’Neill Stargate Sketch Card – this is the painting of the base colors.  I used Acrylic paint washes.  I did several layers of the wash to build of values.

Jack Pic 2 by Gary Rudisill

I apologize for the lighting.  The pic of the washes was during the day and the rest where at night with the most god awful bulbs in my dining room.

Here is another progression. I started from the background, this being Outer Space. Using colored pencils (I used Faber Castell PolyChromos) I blend the background from dark blue to light blue to a touch of white around the figure.

Jack Pic 3 by Gary Rudisill

Here I start working on the lower part of the Stargate, concentrating on the detail in the symbols and texture.  At this stage, I am using only colored pencils.

Jack pic 4 by Gary Rudisill

Here I continue to work on the Stargate, this time the upper part. I’m using colored pencils at this stage. I won’t use anymore paint until the end when I highlight.

Jack pic 5 by Gary Rudisill

Here I went in with black to draw in some of the jacket and vest that was lost in the under painting. I also started on the face and flesh tones.

Jack Pic 6 by Gary Rudisill

Working on more of the flesh tones. There’s quite a few colors in the flesh tones. I used Dark Naples Ochre, Rotel Sanguine, Venetian Red (who comes up with these name?), Walnut Brown, Raw Umber, Light Flesh and white.
Also, worked on the texturing of the vest.

Jack pic 7 by Gary Rudisll

working on the mid tones of the face and adding more detail to the eye see. Even adding some blues and black to the cap and vest.

Jack Pic 8 by Gary Rudisill

overall just tightening everything up. I jump from doing the face to working on the jacket. Truthfully, even though I’ve done quite a few f these, I’m still uneasy about working on the face. One wrong thing like overdoing a shadow or not having the pencil point sharp enough when working around the eyes and you’re starting all over again. So, I work on the face then jump to the cap or jacket until I build confidence to work more on the face

Jack Final by Gary Rudisill

Here is the final with the painted white highlights.  Ready to be cut.

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Sketch Card Set: Island Dreams

Here are a few of my cards for the sketch card set, Island Dreams available November 1st.

In 2011 Marty Kuklinski of WLRA’s Saturday mornings Big Burrito Radio came up with Island Dreams, a tropical themed sketch card set, the sets sold out in less than a day and we raised $2000 for the charity. So far the charity set has raised over $15,000!!  

This year the set is the girls of the island. Each card pack will contain a deck of playing card (yes, real playing card) as well as 2 hand drawn sketch cards by one of our great Island Dreams artists. So get ready for some great artwork to support a great charity!

Artist List (Subject to change)

William BJ Kunkle

Michelle Lewis

Jon Riggle

Kylie Johnston

Del Perry Nayra

Jeff Sornig

Scott Glenn

Walter Rice

Christopher Chamberlain

Jenny Creech

Mel Uran

Chris Zarichansky

Bien Flores

Lynne Anderson

Johnny Townsend


Ryan van der Draaij

Wu Wei

Jeff Abar

Nikole Jones

Anastasia Catris

Amy Fletcher

Clinton Yeager

Dani MacMullen

Robin Mies

Diana Greenhalgh

Laura Ingils

Cayce Moyer

Paul Cowan

Lily Z Mercado

Jason Durden

Drew Lopez

Chris Foreman

George Leon

Chris Thorne

Dianne “Greenwoman” Wickes

Natalya Tasha Nez

Brooke Safken

Jason Shoemaker

Jesse Hughes

Prassedes Ciappolino-Williams

Alfret Le

Barush Merling

Rivana Art

Mohammad Jilani

Terry Pavlet

Alex Riegel

Mark Martino
Christina Ranburger

Sal Galindo

Solly Mohamed

Pierre Beauchemin

Jonty Gates

Elisa Chong

Kevin Munroe

Matt Slusher

Christina Baker

Rusty Gilligan

Stephanie Rosales

Jenni Gregory

William Withers

Helga Wojik

Kate Carleton

Louis Small Jr.

J. Ryan Abney

Huy Truong

Vincenzo D’Ippolito

Norvierto P. Basio

Elfie Lebouleux

Dani Hoy

Shane McCormack

Gary Rudisill

Chris Papantoniou

Merryalina Drew

Jon Rademacher

Michael Sumislaski

Randy Kintz

Sharon Gauthier

Matthew Stewart

Elias Gambet Melendez

Kelly Greider

Aaron Beylerian

Courtney Rose Hennessey

James Morgan Jr.

April Goulart

Alfredo Galicia

Isabelle Angell

Jose Carlos Sanchez

Luro Hersal

Linda van Ballegooijen

Ben AbuSaada

Katie Cook

Robert “Floydman” Sumner

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Charcoal Painting. My YouTube Channel

I have had a YouTube Channel for a few years now.  You can see anything from digital drawing, clips from my favorite models, tutorials on color separating for screen printing, some short clips of me drawing or inking.  It’s a mixture of everything.

In the next few weeks I will be posting newer videos and deleting some older ones in an attempt to organize things.

Here is my latest video.  My daughter, Tori and I were experimenting with equipment and set up.   Usually, I have her prepare it and edit it for the final, but this time I attempted it.  With that said, there is a section that is MISSING A LINK, just forward through it.  This was a bit of a crash course for me.   As I add more, this one will surely be deleted.  But for now, I wanted to give you a preview of my technique.  In the coming future, there will be more start to finish time lapse videos.

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Get the RIP! AccuRip

For my fellow screen printers. If you want to get into some higher end detail printing that involves simulate process, 4 color process or spots with half tones. Then you need to bite the bullet and invest in some rip software. I personally don’t know anything about it, but I can direct you to someone that does. 
I suggest AccuRip because a lot of my clients use it and are happy.

Give Bob Drake a call and let him give you a quick tour and make sure your settings are correct? In just a five or ten minute phone call we can help you get the maximum benefit out of your AccuRIP trial. Reach Bob at 800-659-8337 x10 or after hours and weekends at his cell 732-492-7722.


How To Annoy A Graphic Designer

Very true.

Ussery Printing

Our friends Print-Print, across the ocean in the U.K., came up with this fun, but also inciteful Infographic on ‘How To Really Annoy a Graphic Designer.’ We have posted articles and stories, over the years, on how to make the printing process smooth for Graphic Designers, so this is a good look at the challenges Graphic Designers have with their own clients. We hope you enjoy it!

How To Annoy A Graphic Designer

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