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In the studio today
SATURDAY. NOVEMBER 11. 10 PM
MY FIRST DIGITAL PORTRAIT
Using my certificate photo as a reference, here's my first portrait painting attempt utilizing a newly acquired tool to aid in my ink work for covers.
I wanted to try my hand at painting with it, and here's the result.
Now, it's back to painting Arnold Palmer.
FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 10. 11:30 PM
THE ASTROS ISSUE IS RENDERED
I stayed out in the studio late tonight, inking the Astros Win The World Series topical event issue. I haven't heard yet of a pictorial cancel for the event, and either way, I'm going forward with the issue. As discussed yesterday, I'm utilizing a new digital easel monitor, providing me a whole new way of inking. I'm really enjoying it thus far. It will probably cut my inking time in half. Here's the rendering, highlighting MVP George Springer. It needs a little more attention. Now if I can just get it to fit in nicely with a Bevil cinderella, postage, and the cancel. Maybe it needs a background., but I doubt there'll be room for it. Not producing a big issue, painting 125 in the main lot. The Astros issue is now listed in the ON THE WAY box IN THE BULL PEN.
THURSDAY. NOVEMBER 9. 8:30 PM
WHAT? THERE WERE NOT 3 WISE MEN?
Yes, it's true. After all the church Christmas plays, the tabletop nativity scenes, the Hallmark Christmas cards, Christmas carols, and TV specials, now you're finding out it wasn't 3 wise men at all. And you can put a little blame on yours truly, as I painted a Christmas Traditional FDC depicting the 3 wise men on the horizon. The Bible, the original source for the story of 3 wise men visiting a young Christ, while in the manger, is a tradition, or at worst, a myth. Wise men did visit The Christ, we just have no idea the size of the caravan. It could have been in the dozens. We only know they presented 3 types of gifts. The sheperds visited Christ shortly after he was born, as shown in the cover below, but the wise men didn't locate him until he was a young child, 3 to 5 years old. So the wise men would not have seen him in the "manger.'
After some replies came in with varying numbers, Bob of Dallas was the first to state that the Bible doesn't really say how many wise men there were. Then many of you echoed his reply. Ok, let's be honest. If you wouldn't have googled, what would you have guessed? That's right, probably 3.
Thanks for playing everybody. And congratulations Bob.
I have a new addition to Bevil Studio. For maybe the first 8 to 10 years of painting covers, I produced my ink renderings with ink pens, inking on a drafting mylar film. Next, I made the big jump to digital inking utilizing a Wacom digital pad. A bit like a mouse, except it was a digital drawing pen, and I touched a pad on the desk while looking at the monitor. I've done this for many years. Today I installed a monitor that acts as an easel, or drawing pad, or canvas, and with a digital pen I draw directly on the glass monitor. I'll say, it's a whole new wonderful experience. I called up this BB King portrait I've been working on for some time, and drew out his face, just to see how the new digital pen pad feels. I think it's going to work for me. This BB King portrait is for the So Long BB King issue.
TUESDAY. NOVEMBER 7. 9:30 PM
IT'S TIME FOR A GIVE-AWAY!
While pilfering through some old covers in the deep dark corners of Bevil Studio, I came across this gem. I thought it was long sold out, and it is. Well, lookie, here's #55/55 of the disappearing cancel variety from the 2002 Traditional Christmas issue. Of all the disappearing cancelled covers in the Bevil line, this is easily my favorite. Just look how that slug peeps from around the drape. And... I'm ready to give it away. Being a Christmas cover, and that our Christmas story is based on the account in the Bible, it seems right to have a little Christmas Bible trivia. So here we go-
The first person to email me, stating, according to the Bible, how many wise men visited baby Jesus, and this Christmas cover is yours! That's pretty simple, Right? Maybe. We'll see. I'll be waiting for your answer.
SUNDAY. NOVEMBER 5. 8:45 PM
HERE WE GO!
Yep, that's me, all decked out in my vapor mask, armed with my favorite airbrush, a real workhorse, called an Aztec. While the Aztec airbrush is advertised as the industry's "no maintainance" airbrush, I've worn out, and have gone through probably a dozen in the past 25 years.
The Palmer master is in the sleeve, and now I'll begin the delicate process of capturing the success of the master, making sure every single Arnold Palmer painted "feels" like the master, sleeved off to the left. It isn't crucial all the covers look identical to the one, and they won't, but that they feel as good as the master cover. It's all about how the cover feels. And how it makes the collector feel...when you hold it in your hands.
SUNDAY. NOVEMBER 5. 6:30PM
PALMER'S ON THE BEVIL EASEL. IT'S ABOUT TIME!
I got off to a rocky start with the So Long Arnold Palmer issue. The ink drawing wasn't a problem at all. I just couldn't get the piece to have any life in it. After several color schemes, it finally came to life once I began adding color to the crowd's wardrobe, along with darkening the trees in the background, which brought out "Arnold's Army." Now I'll slide this cover into the sleeve on the left side of my easel, and go to painting.
Notice I failed to insert the BEVIL logo. I completely forgot about it. I'm hoping this issue gets in the Bull Pen by the end of the week.
Have you seen the recently added role in THE BULL PEN?
SATURDAY. NOVEMBER 4. 11:45 AM
EXPANDING THE BULL PEN
When you visit the Bull Pen, you'll take note of the new "ON ITS WAY!" addition, for the purpose of the collector keeping up-to-date on an issue's status. While I have dozens of issues on the shelf cancelled, waiting to be reached for, it isn't practical to list them all. An issue will only apper in this section once I've determined I'll be releasing it in the near future.
See the new addition here...IN THE BULL PEN
FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 3. 9 PM
TRY, AND TRY AGAIN
I'm still developing the color scheme, the final version of the Palmer issue. Once I begin painting all those Palmers, about 140 of them, there's no looking back. I have to be very sure of where I'm taking the issue before I start painting. Oh, I may tweek it a little here and there as I'm painting all the covers. I know though, you don't want me to get off to a shakey start, because your cover might be one of those at the beginning of the painting session. I do enjoy at the end of painting the issue, fanning through them and they all look good to my liking. One of those is yours. And YOUR cover must look good. Right? You better believe it!
I'll post a painted So Long Arnold Palmer soon, hopefully.
HAVE SOMETHING TO ADD?
WE'D ALL LIKE TO HEAR YOUR COMMENTS AND THOUGHTS.
November 8, 9:05 AM
The Bible is silent on how many wise men visited the baby Jesus. Tradition has it that 3 wise men came because of the 3 gifts - gold, frankincense & myrrh..
Correct Bob. Your cover will be shipped with the next packet heading your way.
Hope you can fit in an Astros world Series cover. Reserve 4 for me.
Well Carter, I was on the fence on doing the issue, and your request has pushed me over to the "yes" side. I'll begin researching the MVP and available images from the series.
Based on the latest covers I received, and from what you're telling us, you'll be sending out covers after painting just a few issues. So, will you still make use of the Bull Pen, putting an issue in there, then notifying collectors?
Excellent quenstion. Yes, I still want to utilize the Bull Pen. When I complete the Palmer issue, that is painting the covers, signing and numbering them, producing the certificates/article, then I will place Palmer in the Bull Pen, and contact collectors with a Bull Pen Alert via email. Look for the Palmer BP Alert in the next week.
I'm also expanding the role of the Bull Pen, also mentioning what's being inked, or painted, and on it's way to the Bull Pen. I'll talk about this more coming up.
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