Visit here often to see what's on Kendal's mind, and issues being painted here in the Bevil Studio.
In the studio today
FRIDAY. OCTOBER 23. 9:15 AM
TO THE RIO GRANDE
Today I'm leaving for a weeks trip on the Rio Grande with a brother. Janice will be responding to your inquiries. Don't hesitate to continue to contact us regarding orders, and such. I will not be posting the color studies until I return from the Rio. I'll post pictures of my adventure on my return.
So long everybody. Thanks for collecting Bevil.
THURSDAY. OCTOBER 22. 10:15 AM
FIVE NEW ISSUES RELEASED
Great to be back in the studio. In the next few hours I'll be sending out the e-card to collectors across the country, inviting everyone to view the freshly painted five issues. It appears today Janice is getting the remainder of the packets sent out. With all your individual requests, it can take her several days to put it all together. Not complaining, as we both immensely enjoy every step along the way, seeing Bevil covers going into FDC collections.
THURSDAY. OCTOBER 15. 4 PM
UPDATED DOBY ISSUE
This actually is the main lot version I went with. The old version is still in The Bull Pen. I knew this was going to be a tough portrait to pull off, making it an attractive cover. This, I'm pleased with. Giving it more, I've added the sunset behind him, and thickened the lines and strengthened the details in his face, as he was a little washed out. All is well.
It will take a few days before I have these posted online for collecting.
WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 14. 11 PM
COVERS BEING SENT OUT TO SUBSCRIBERS
With all five issues painted, Janice is beginning to assemble packets for subscribers, while I start the process of scanning and recording the All-Stars main lots, DCPs, artist's proofs, color studies, and the other varieties for the website. Response to the baseball set will be big, keeping Janice hopping for some time. What is today? Wednesday. It's been a busy few weeks it seems. I think I'll take a break after the dust settles. Maybe a kayaking trip down the Rio Grande.
Yea, that's it.
TUESDAY. OCTOBER 13. 6:15 PM
Before signing the Ted Williams DCPs, I decided to add the red pinstripes to his lapel, once it was confirmed it accurately represented the Red Sox' uniform in that time period. Unaware I had red ink on the tip of my finger, I accidentally left a red finger print on the backside of the envelope. I looked at it, and, while a mistake, there was something about it I found appealing. I walked over to my work counter, pulled out the red ink pad I use to cancel the cinderellas with here in the studio, I pressed my finger on the pad, and rolled my red-tipped finger across the Bevil logo on the dcp envelope. This is the result. For amusement, I'm fingerprinting all the Ted Williams DCPs. If collectors like the idea, I'll do more. So let me know how you feel about it. This issue goes in The Bull Pen in just a little while, with Larry Doby almost complete, going inThe Bull Pen shortly thereafter. I believe its almost time to release the All-Stars set to collectors.
SUNDAY. OCTOBER 11. 7 PM
THE SPLENDID SPINTER
Wow! If you think this freshly painted Ted Williams covers looks nice here on your monitor, wait until you hold one in your hand. A clear photo reference capturing Ted at his best, a well executed ink rendering, and a pretty sweet paint job; sometimes it all comes together, and works. Scroll down to October 6, comparing the unpainted cover to this finished cover, and you'll see I increased the size of Williams face in the circle. It makes for a stronger portrait when the face is large.
Tomorrow the Ted Williams All-Stars issue goes in the Bull Pen, and I'm ready to paint Larry Doby.
Enjoy your Sunday eveining.
MONDAY. OCTOBER 10. 4:15 PM
PAINTING ALL-STARS ISSUE #3
With the Joe DiMaggio issue complete, this weekend I'm painting the Ted Williams All-Stars issue. Enjoy your weekend and let's visit Monday, Columbus Day.
WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 7. 8:15 PM
This is issue #2 I'm painting, of the All-Stars 4-cover set. One move I like the USPS took was having each issue cancelled in the player's team city. Willie Stargell below was cancelled in Pittsburgh and the Joe DiMaggio issue was cancelled in New York, home of the Yankees. I'll complete this issue tomorrow, after which it gets sent to the Bull Pen with Willie Stargell.
WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 7. 8:15 PM
LET'S CALL IT A "U.C.S."
As you may know, I produce a few color studies per issue as I search for the most attractive color scheme for the main lot. The color studies, 2 to 4 usually, are available to collect at the same price, always numbered at the tail end of the main lot. Compare this cover to the one posted October 2, below. The bragging rights for the collector comes in the fact these will look different than all the others. Collector Laird Gilbert suggested I distinguish the color studies with "U.C.S.", for Unique Color Study, written below the number, as shown. The All-Stars set of 4 covers will be the first issues to implement his new idea. Thanks Laird for the suggestion. Sorry, this one above is already spoken for. And interestingly, this is a color study for the digital pictorial cancel varieties, not the main lot.
TUESDAY. OCTOBER 6. 9 PM
TIME TO PAINT
The rest of the week I'll be painting these remaining 3 issues in the 4-cover All-Stars set.
As they're completed, in the Bull Pen they'll go. When all five are penned, they'll be released
to collectors. Tomorrow I'll take a break from the easel so we can visit.
So long everybody.
TUESDAY. OCTOBER 6. 10:30 AM
EVERYTHING STARTS OFF BIG
This is what I see on my monitor as I'm inking, except it's about twice the size as you're seeing it here.
Back to work. (Me, not you)
TUESDAY. OCTOBER 6. 10:15 AM
INKING TED TODAY
After I lay in what I call keylines, which is a clear and very precise line drawing, I proceed with building the values, utilizing tiny dots and fine line work. I often begin with the eyes, and after self-analyzing once, wondering why I begin with the eyes, I've come to the conclusion it's because the eyes offer a bit more enjoyement to ink than the rest of the rendering. The most crucial element of the portrait, is defenitely the corner of the mouth,
always. Get off just a hair, and it will be off by a mile. I'll have this complete by tonight. Surely.
MONDAY. OCTOBER 5. 7 PM
THE SPLENDID SPLITTER
With this Ted Williams action shot complete,
I've turned my attention to his portrait, which
I'll finish in a day or two. Then I'm on to painting
the remaining three issues of the All-Star set.
Janice is back in town, and she's working on an issue,
a topical event, which I'll discuss tomorrow.
Here's your hint- it documents an event,
that event so big, if it hadn't occurred,
none of you would be reading this post.
Think about it.
MONDAY. OCTOBER 5. 12:15 PM
LARRY DOBY RENDERING COMPLETE
A bit more difficult to produce, as photo reference for Larry Doby isn't as available.
Still, I like the issue. Larry will be the least known of the four players in the All-Star line-up.
On to Ted Williams.
MONDAY. OCTOBER 5. 10 AM
THE DIMAGGIO DCP VARIETY
Here she sits ready paint, as soon as Janice proofs the t and f (text and facts).
I completed the Larry Doby issue last night, and will post it shortly. This is going to be a very productive week, as I set might my sights on the end of the week to wrap up these five issues.
Thanks for stopping by today.
SATURDAY. OCTOBER 3. 2 PM
READY TO PAINT THE YANKEE CLIPPER
Because Janice, my proofer for typos, grammatical stupid acts, and my gift to rewrite history in one simple paragraph, she's in San Antonio and doesn't arrive in town until tomorrow night.
I'll set aside this beautiful cover, bristling with the grace and beauty only Joe DiMaggion can bring,
for a few days, moving on to inking either Ted Williams or Larry Doby.
Enjoy your Saturday. Perfect weather here. Low 80s and low himidity.
FRIDAY. OCTOBER 2. 8:30 PM
I believe this shot forever immortalizes the grace, youthfulness, and innocense of the great Joe DiMaggio. I keep feeling I've inked this pose for a previous DiMaggio cover, either for H and M, myself, I'm just not sure. I checked my references, (utilizing Ron Aljoe's Bevil sports library), and found nothing. So on I marched, and now completed, this will serve as the smaller action shot for the All-Stars Joe DiMaggio issue, which I'll begin painting early next week. Tomorrow I will take a portion of the day and go to work on the portrait.
Let's enjoy our weekend, everybody.
FRIDAY. OCTOBER 2. 11:15 AM
MOVING ON TO TED OR JOE
Having painted the DCPs, I'm moving on to inking either Ted Williams or Joe DiMaggio today.
Janice is in San Antonio visiting our daughter and grandson, so after completing the next ink drawing, I can't start painting until Janice proofs the copy. Appears I may be inking a few issues while awaiting her return. This layout for the Stargell dcp will be utilized on the dcp varieties for the remaining 3 All-Star issues. The bronze Baseball Hall of Fame plaque rendering adds a nice touch. I'll post the next portrait rendering maybe tomorrow evening.
THURSDAY. OCTOBER 1. 11:30 AM
WILLIE STARGELL DCP
That's a great looking DCP, yea? In order to collect a DCP, or any variety for that matter, you must in addition collect the main lot. This guideline is removed one year after being released to collectors.
So if you'd like a set of the All-Stars DCPs, you'll have to collect the main lot set as well, being a total of 8 covers. A year from now, if any DCP sets remain available, you can collect them without collecting the main lot. Will they be around in a year? Who knows. I went to pull a DCP set of the Slugger set of four I painted some years back, and they're sold out. Of these 50 DCP sets, about 30 will go out to collectors the day they're made available for collecting.
THURSDAY. OCTOBER 1. 11 AM
WILLIE STARGELL DCP
The digital color pictorial varieties, of which I'm painting 50, is a distinct variety. In addition to the cancel, I always give collectors more when they go the extra mile and collect the DCPs. As well as painting the covers in a unique color scheme, I've replaced the copy in the lower right corner with this National Baseball Hall of Fame plaque rendering.
I'll paint the DCPs late this evening, I hope, after which I'll post. I have a busy day ahead of me, painting 'til the sun goes down, and then some.
Good day everybody.
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