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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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Works In Progress WIP

Crash Course in Brain Surgery

I just love bouncing around the internet checking out other artists’ work and techniques.

Every once in a while I stumble (not a plug – promise) across something that truly intrigues me. For instance, art done with a regular old everyday Bic (again not a plug) ballpoint pen.

It’s totally in my nature to research and research and look and look for every artist that uses this technique. And study and read and observe. I even try to find videos on YouTube (seriously, not a plug)

Then like Dr. Frankenstein, I roll up my sleeves and go elbows deep into a project. I always refer to it as a Crash Course in Brain Surgery, when I’m experimenting. Why? Mainly because I absolutely have no idea what I am doing and where it’s going to lead. Plus, it was the title to my favorite Metallica song from Garage Days Revisited $2.99 LP

I happened to run across a piece of Bristol with an image already sketched out that I had from a few years back. My original intention was doing a graphite portrait but either got side tracked or caught up in freelance work. So figured, let’s use this.

So here is a WIP (Work In Progress) of my latest Crash Course in Brain Surgery.

Here is a work in progress of art created with a ballpoint pen
Art for Sale

A Unique Twist on Limited Edition Art Prints from Gary Rudisill

I’ve been pondering about what I can do for my fans. I spend endless hours creating high contrast Charcoal Paintings. (Yes paintings, I have a unique style that if I told you about, well you get the hint…..)
Anyways, I spend what seems to be a ton of hours with my creations. But I only sell one Original.

I do sell prints. When I moved into my new studio at the Adams County Arts Council, I was very fortunate to have Bert Danielson from Gunnar Galleries, next door in the studio beside me. Bert is a photographer, a framer and a printer of art. Bert is right next door which makes it very convenient when I complete an original Charcoal Painting. He digitizes it so I can make prints, which is good because he is the printer so he knows what he’s looking for. Hold up, I’m getting off track here. My point is, I get all my prints professionally printed.  The quality is out of this world. I will get to that in just a moment.

So, I stepped my game up and get all this fancy new stuff done. Ok. Welcome to the art world.  But I like to stand out from the crowd.  I wanted to be able to offer my collectors and fans, something they would foam at the mouth over.  So, I had Bert print me out a full size print of my Tinkerbell Drawing.  I experimented with hand coloring select parts of the drawing.

Tinkerbell Limited Edition Print with Custom Hand Shading Color by Gary Rudisill

Now let me tell you how awesome the quality is on these prints. I caught myself steering my drawing hand as if I was drawing and shading on an original.  The quality is that good that I notice on the Tinkerbell (which was done in graphite) the scratch marks I made with the pencil on the original.  So I ask Bert how long these prints last. His answer, at least 50 Years. These prints are on High Quality Acid Free Archival Artist Paper.  They look pretty damn nice if I must say so.

So to keep on track, the hand coloring was a success.  It not only looks great, but it holds up terrific without smearing or smudging.

Now, I can, not only offer Limited Edition Prints but I am offering Limited Edition Custom Prints that in their own sense are originals.

So to test market my new idea.  I have an exhibit scheduled in Boonsboro Maryland on October 26, 2013, yep this Saturday at Gifts Inn Boonsboro.  There I will be featuring my newest works, “The Ice Queen”, “The Other World” and “Whisper – The Cliffs of Moher”, along with ARTIST PROOFS PRINTS of “Windsong”, “Shameless Metaphor”, “Ice Queen”, “The Other World”, “Fairy Dust” and never before seen “Dark Hedges” (Which was SOLD very early and was never on display) …..Oh I was telling you about test my new prints with hand coloring. Let me do that……

There are 8 fabulous ladies that work at Gifts Inn Boonsboro who work behind the scenes and in the store, that I am giving the only ARTISTS PROOFS Prints of “The Other World” Matted and hand colored with their favorite color. (Signed and numbered, Matted and sealed)

The Other Side Limited Edition Print with Custom Hand Shaded Butterfly Color by Gary Rudisill

Now I have not only a ton of new ideas for upcoming paintings but a buffet of execution ideas for the coloring on the prints.

I sell my prints in my Etsy Store as well as Custom Paintings.  They are the same price as you can get at the Gifts Inn Boonsboro.  My prints are all price the same across the board and the country.  I insist on that.  None of the stores I sell in or will sell in are allow to under cut the other and I don’t under cut on my Etsy Stores.

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Sunday Inspirations

I wanted to write about another artist that inspires me.  Someone who I met on Facebook. The funnest thing about him is, he was born while I was in my 2nd year of Art School.  Hey, I admit it, some of the younger artists are quite the inspiration and I embrace that.  The talent this young man has at his age makes him an automatic LIKE on his Fan Page on Facebook to see his career advance in years to come.

The artist’s name is Samuel Saito and here is a link to his Fan Page on Facebook  Samuel Saito FAN PAGE

Here are a few of his works of art….


This first one I love, not only because I like Will Smith but because Samuel’s unique display of the photo on one side and the drawing on the other.


The photo realism is just awesome


Here is a cool video he did too that I enjoyed watching


Check out more by LIKEing his Fan Page CLICK HERE