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DECEMBER 2018

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SATURDAY. JANUARY 5. 10 AM

THREE ISSUES HEADED YOUR WAY

The remainder of January's subscriber's packets head to the post office this morning, which contain Greetings From Washington along with the Wilt Chamberlain 2-cover set. Today and into early next week I'll be painting the Greetings From New Hampshire issue. I'll post the New Hampshire issue later in the day. Presently struggling with it.  It'll come together. Always does.

As well, in the next few days I'll be emailing out the Bevil E-Card providing collectors the opportunity to collect these three issues here at cachets.com

FRIDAY. JANUARY 4. 5:30 PM

MYSTERY SOLVED

Good going Joe. Many of you must have been stumped. This is one of New Hampshire's good stories about vision, ingenuity, and perseverance in the face of adversity, as well as the state legislature laughing at your plans. Joe, your painted Greetings From New Hampshire cover will be shipped when the issue is released, around the end of the month. This evening and tomorrow I'll be painting this issue. I'll post my final painted decision when I arrive at that point.

FRIDAY. JANUARY 4. 11:45 AM

LET'S HAVE A GIVE-AWAY

Happy new year cover collectors! Lets begin 2019 with a free cover give-away!

The first collector to identify what this is and in what state it resides gets a free dishwasher. No, let's increase the prize to something much more enjoyable and worthwhile. A free painted specially-created variety from this Greetings From America issue which I'll be painting this weekend. Yes, that's it. Now you're excited.

I had an enjoyable time inking this issue, starting Thursday just before noon and completed close to midnight. There's a great story behind this topic, which I discovered in my research of that state. Then the search was on for the right photograph to ink from. One after another they were straight on, not an interesting viewing angle. Finally, found this one, and after working it, moving things around, she fits so nicely on the cover, nestled warmly around the stamp and cancel.

I'll be in the studio painting, keeping an eye on incoming emails, and announce the winner when it happens. Oh, by-the-way, three issues are being shipped today.

More on that in a little while.

THURSDAY. DECEMBER 27. 10:30 PM

ERROR IDENTIFIED!

At 10:24 PM tonight Russell Shrader correctly stated there are two 86"s on the ruler. I made that ruler in Photoshop, and, although I only built a ruler with about 10 inches on it, 79" to 88", I still created a ruler you don't want to use. I didn't catch it in time, so it's this way on all 25 of the PNSs. This is a 1-of-1 created for this give-a-way, while the other 25 are numbered . I wonder if collectors will pick up on the error. The Chamberlain 2-cover set is painted, and now I'm reaching for the Greetings From Washington issue which I'll begin painting tomorrow.

Have a great weekend everybody. Congrats again Russell.

THURSDAY. DECEMBER 27. 8:30 PM

IDENTIFY THE ERROR. FAST!

There's an error in one of these covers. Be the first to correctly tell me the error and this set is all yours! Being fair, I always go by the time-stamp on the emails received. I'll post the winner as soon as it happens. So you won't go chasing after it, he is on record at being 7 foot 1" tall.

WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 26. 10:45 AM

PAINTING THE MAIN LOT

Christmas 2018 is in our rear-view mirror, and some of us have already hauled the Christmas tree out to the curb, while the rest of us might bask in the Christmas spirit until the end of the year. Everything is looking good with the Chamberlain set, though I have concerns the cover's colors in his left arm will not match up well with each other. I'm thinking I'll have to pair-up a lower cover with an upper cover on the easel, and touch-up the left arm of each cover to create a smooth transition. Once all the main lots are painted, I'll show the process on the easel. All-in-all, it's turning out to be a good-looking set. Tomorrow I'll be giving away a set here at ITST.

FRIDAY. DECEMBER 23. 7:30 PM

SMALL FINAL CHANGES

Just prior to reproducing the rendering to all the Chamberlain envelopes, 

I'm making a few final touches to the line art. As you know, for several years

I've been inking my renderings digitally. The control and quality is amazing.

It's a no-brainer and a win-win, as I compare my ink renderings from way back to my present work. If my ink drawing doesn't look clear and accurate, it's my shortcomings, and not that of the process. Tomorrow I'll be posting the lower Chamberlain cover.

Yes, I know its Christmas Eve, but a few hours in the studio won't hurt.

Actually, Janice will be out here, and we'll be working side-by-side.

After our cup of coffee. Will be a pleasant morning.

FRIDAY. DECEMBER 21. 3:45 PM

VARIETIES PAINTED

HAVE SOMETHING TO ADD?

WE'D ALL LIKE TO HEAR YOUR COMMENTS AND THOUGHTS.

David says,

One of the train rides for tourists in Colorado?

Kendal says,

C'mon David, you're just guessing. I want the state and a specific railway. 

Clarence says,

Hi Bevil! Happy Holidays to you Janice! The set looks awesome. My favorite background color is the lavender because part the Lakers Gold and Lavender uniform. Thanks so much for the ESPER special cachet set. It’s appreciated! When will the set be ready for shipment and can people choose which background they want? I notice 6 cachets have Wilt silhouette in the background and 6 with W in the background. What was your reason for this? 

Kendal says,

All the Chamberlains go out in a few weeks once the invoices are complete. While the main lot is yellow, you can claim one of the color studies. Do it fast.

Russell says,

There are 2 86" on the tape measure.

Kendal says,

That's it Russell! Congrats. The 2-cover Chamberlain set is yours. Janice will ship it out within 2 weeks after the certificates have been produced.

Jack says,

Is it the red stripes on his Jersey? Did the red stripe have a gray strip next to it?

Kendal says,

While that's not the answer I'm looking for, I had to take a closer look when inking the drawing regarding that. I actually think there is a thin gray stripe in the uniform, though I didn't paint it in. Good eye Jack!

Betty says,

Merry Christmas Kendal. How many covers do you plan on painting for 2019? A lot I hope.

Kendal says,

Merry Christmas to you Betty and your family. I'm shooting for two issues per month. I will have to back off on that for June, and probably November and December. 

Clarence says,

This is coming out awesome. Can't wait to see the second half. I'm ready to add in my collection and show with my exhibits and presentations. I sure understand using yellow as your background for the Lakers.

Kendal says,

Thanks Clarence. I hope to post the two covers painted together by the end of the weekend. The 2 Esper covers are bottom center, and bottom left.

Darren says,

Wow Kendal, the Chamberlain design looks amazing. You made him look huge, that's for sure. Can't wait to see the final covers.

Kendal says,

I originally had all of his head in the cachet. Then I got the idea to crop his head across the forehead, emphasizing his larger-than-life size.

Mark says,

Welcome back, Kendal! And I was highly anticipating the Greetings from Washington issue! Guess I will wait just a tad longer to see how that one and the other issues from this set develop! Have fun back in the studio!

Kendal says,

Hey Mark.,  Well, I didn't intentionally walk away from the GF Washington issue. Actually, I disassembled my intake system for the airbrush easel, waiting for a filter to arrive. In the mean time I went to work on completing the ink work for the chamberlain issue. Now I've decided to see the set through to the end. Then I'll reach back and paint the Washington issue. Good to be back in the studio.

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The main lot is top center, painted yellow, accompanied by the varieties. Most of the varieties are PNSs. That's the black bar above the stamps containing the plate#. This evening I'll be touching up, signing and numbering the whole set. There are 125 in the main lot, 20 PNSs, along with Coffee, AFDCS, Chapter 56, and 2 Espers. Yea, 2 Esper varieties. How 'bout that. If I complete this issue tonight, I'll begin painting the remaining issue for this set. Great weather here in Texas right now. 

Christmas is upon us.

FRIDAY. DECEMBER 21. NOON

PAINTING VARIETIES

Here's a screen shot capturing the creation of the Chamberlain varieties, which include the Artist's Proofs, PNSs, AFDCS, Esper, Coffee, and Chapter 56. Each variety receives a unique silhouette above the name. Today these will all be placed together on the easel, and painted. I'll post them tonight. The horizontal blue line below Wilt dribbling indicates the bottom edge of the top cover.

FRIDAY. DECEMBER 14. 10 PM

OFF TO A GOOD START

I say that, though actually, it got off to a fairly rough start. I just didn't want to have a headline that scared my collectors. I got to where I wanted to go with this issue, in regards to how I hoped it would look, it just took longer than usual.  I believe that is because I'm just coming off a month-long break, and I'm a little rusty, along with this being a challenging issue to paint. I have a few color studies painted, and I chose the yellow background tying in with his career with the L.A. Lakers. Interestingly, when I had these cancelled, I found the issue worthy of producing some PNSs. They'll be available as a variety, with maybe 20 sets painted. That was a nice surprise, as I don't produce PNSs that often, and I don't remember doing it. I'm discovering as I get older, if I did something a year or two ago, I can totally forget I did it, and when I come across it, it's a pleasant surprise, like someone else did it. I bet if I bought myself a Christmas present for Christmas 2020, wrapped it up and opened it Christmas day, 2020, I would be totally surprised what I got for myself.

THURSDAY. DECEMBER 13. 9 PM

MY MOST-ENJOYED PART OF

THE PAINTING PROCESS

Establishing the shadows is one of the steps I take in planning my appearance of the subject, done long before I ever reach for the airbrush. Indoor lighting is different than outdoor in that indoors there can often be more than one light source. In this case, the shadows are cast down the center of the subject, with light coming from both sides. At the time of the shot, spotlights were probably placed on both sides by the photographer to produce this effect. I'm not bound to this lighting, as I can cast shadows anyway I choose. Here, I'm pretty much going with the photo's shadows.     I'll be producing two shadows; one strong down the center of his face, and an overall soft shadow down his arms and center. What's all this talk about shadows? Shadows make the subject pop with light. When I add shadows, I'm really adding the presence of light. The big W will be a light tint on a background of which I haven't settled on the color for. That'll be a decision made at the end of the painting process.

TUESDAY. DECEMBER 11. 7 PM

MY SIGHTS SET ON WILT CHAMBERLAIN

Janice and I are settling back in the studio after about a month-long absence. 

India was a great trip, and I was scheduled to spend some time in Kenya this summer, but I just got word I'll be going back to India next November instead. Our summer is Kenya's winter, but our summer is India's summer. I'm told their July in India is unbearable. So it appears I'll be back in India next November. I've set aside Greetings From Washington to focus on the greatly anticipated Wilt Chamberlain 2-cover set. I've designed and inked both issues, and will begin painting the top issue the latter part of this week. You'll see the results maybe around the middle of this weekend.

I'm really excited about this amazing set! Now that I've inked both issues, the top one stands alone very well, but the bottom issue, without the top issue, is crazy looking. Actually, the bottom issue speaks volumes of the size of this athletic giant.

Janice and I are settling back in the studio after about a month-long absence. 

India was a great trip, and I was scheduled to spend some time in Kenya this summer, but I just got word I'll be going back to India next November instead. Our summer is Kenya's winter, but our summer is India's summer. I'm told their July in India is unbearable. So it appears I'll be back in India next November. I've set aside Greetings From Washington to focus on the greatly anticipated Wilt Chamberlain 2-cover set. I've designed and inked both issues, and will begin painting the top issue the latter part of this week. You'll see the results maybe around the middle of this weekend.

I'm really excited about this amazing set! Now that I've inked both issues, the top one stands alone very well, but the bottom issue, without the top issue, is crazy looking. Actually, the bottom issue speaks volumes of the size of this athletic giant.

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