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In the studio today
SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 3. 5:30P
COLLECTOR BILL PORTER SCOOPS IT UP!
Long-time Bevil collector Bill Porter accurately identified the element making this cover unique; it's a PNC. With just a few plate number coil stamps on a roll of 100, what are the chances of me grabbing one as I began working on my color studies!
Good eye Bill.
SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 3. 3:00P
GIVING AWAY A PALMER!
The first step in painting an issue is to play around searching for a good color scheme. This begins with grabbing a few unpainteds from a stack of maybe 150 covers, place them on the easel, and painting a few. Here's the master I'm going with. Interestingly, something about this cover makes it unique from the rest in the stack, and I didn't notice it until just a few days ago. Be the first to tell me what makes it unique, and it's yours.
SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 3. 2:30P
A GIANT OF AN ISSUE
I've completed the ink rendering for the Wilt Chamberlain 2-cover set. This one rendering will be split midway, just below the floor shadow of Wilt dribbling. Shortly I'll transfer the drawing to the two issues, then post them.
FRIDAY. JANUARY 26. 3:45 P
A PRETTY SIGHT
My two variations of yellow have arrived. Unpacked and proudly displayed on the studio shelf, I'm ready to pick up the airbrush and complete the So Long Arnold Palmer topical event issue. With new and additional lights in the studio painting booth, I'm expecting my painting experience to be more enjoyable and pleasant than before. Let's enjoy our weekend.
WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 23. 8:30PM
OUT OF YELLOW. SO I"LL INK
These are a few of the colors sitting on a shelf in my painting booth. All the color variations you see on your Bevil covers come from the Higgins line of fadeproof inks, using Lemon Yellow, Yellow, Green, Red, Violet, Blue, Brown, and Magenta. With no yellow in the studio, I'm spending my time inking one of the action shots for the Wilt Chamberlain 2-cover set. Here's where I am ...
In this 2-cover set, this pose of him sitting will fill up both covers when lined up, one on top of the other. One, maybe two action shots will be on top of the main portrait.
THURSDAY. JANUARY 18. 11:30 PM
YOU SPOKE. I LISTENED.
Out of maybe 70 collectors, 64 chose the "Throwing Out" over the "Tagging Out" design. I was totally caught off guard, predicting the Tagging Out version would be most-liked. Wrong. I mean, it wasn't even close. About 90% in agreement. Of the two, I probaby would have gone with the Tagging Out. Until I heard from my collectors. In addition, several of you said, "Put on his Yankees cap." So off came the New York Mets cap and on went the Yankees cap. Thanks everyone for participating. When I get the first one painted, I'll post it. Let's have an enjoyable weekend.
WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 17. 3:30 PM
YOU CALL IT!
Having returned from Pennsylvania, I jumped right into work here in Bevil Studio, inking the Yogi Berra issue. For So Long Yogi Berra, I have inked two versions, shown above. You, along with your fellow cover collectors, get to vote on which of the two will be the final version. After the votes are in and counted up, I'll announce the most favored of the two, which will become the final design.
MONDAY. JANUARY 15. 7:45 PM
THINKING ABOUT THE SO LONG YOGGI BERRA ISSUE
Just returned from a little time in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a charming city rich in history. Frank Scalzi alerted me to my most recent January 9 blog not showing up. Discovered a web programming error on my part. My bad. I'm back to blogging.
Received a newspaper clipping from Ron Aljoe, providing good history and facts for the Yoggi Berra issue I'll soon be inking. This evening I settled on the two references for the Yoggi issue, one a portrait, and the smaller action shot at the plate catching. Yoggi Berra was humble, laughed all the time, and was loved 'til the end of his days. I look forward to painting the So Long Yoggi Berra issue.
MONDAY. JAUARY 9. MIDNIGHT
UPDATING THE BEVIL STUDIO
Though you haven't heard a peep from me since November, Janice and I have actually been spending a great amount of time here in the studio. We are in the middle of redesigning and finishing out the studio, beginning with my end, which consists of an area dedicated to design, inking, and publishing. As well as the hallowed painting booth. All receiving new ceilings, wall, furnishings, and lighting. After a few mailings are produced, we'll give attention to the middle section, a work station for packaging and shipping out covers. This area is also where the thousands of Bevil covers are stored, waiting to be collected. Thanks Frank for the Christmas and New Year best wishes. Ron aljoe just put a fire under me to paint the So Long Yogi Berra issue. I'm on it Ron.
As I settle back into things, I'll see what new issues to address, and begin to think about the upcoming release of the few which are already painted, and what, if any, issues I can add to them. It's about midnight here in Texas, so I think I'll turn the lights out here in Bevil Studio, and call it a day. Seems I need something on my walls there behind me.
Thanks for dropping in.
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Bill Porter says,
Hi Kendal. Is it the plate number on the flag stamp that makes this Arnold Palmer cover unique?
That's it Bill! I had no idea I had accidentally grabbed a PNC to play around with for a color scheme. while this cover will be nmbered as part of the main lot, I will come back to it and change the colors a bit, distinguishing it from the rest. Congrats Bill.
I can't figure it out. What would be unique about it? Can you give us a hint? I want that cover!
And I want you to have that cover Steve. I can't really think of a hint that wouldn't give it away. Look it over.
Is the title, "So long to the King" different than the rest of the issue?
That's not a bad observation, as sometimes I will produce a prototype, change my mind on the title or verbage before I produce the rest. In this case though, incorrect.
Dang, Kendal, where have you been?
It may seem I've been totally absent, though that isn't entirely the case. Kind of the case.
I have been dropping in the studio, inking issues when I can. Actually, I have five issues inked ready to paint. Tomorrow evening I'll post them
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