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In the studio today
Yeah, it's a snug fit. They work well together. Tonight and tomorrow evening Janice and I will be affixing stamps and these will be sent to the Kansas City Philatelic Division to be cancelled. Enjoy the remainder of your weekend and it was a pleasure having you drop in the studio.
SATURDAY. MARCH 17. 6:30PM
A NICE FIT
SATURDAY. MARCH 17. 5:15PM
THE BEVIL CINDERELLAS
The left stamp will be affixed to the main lot, and the other on the artist's proofs. I just perfed these on my Rosback century-old perforator. It punches holes as cleanly today as it did in the early 1900s.
Still working on the layout.
SATURDAY. MARCH 17. 4:45PM
YOUNG AND SURE OF HIS CALLING
In the mid 1940s a young Billy Graham, while pastoring a small church in Western Springs, Illinois, joined the Christ For Youth team out of Chicago. He would remain an evangelist the remainder of his long life in ministry. Now, I need to pack these three pieces into one design, snuggling up to the two stamps and cancel. Give me a few hours and I'll see what I can do.
SATURDAY. MARCH 17. 2PM
TWO DOWN AND ONE TO GO
I'm now on to the final piece, depicting a young Reverend Billy Graham at the pulpit of a Christ For Youth rally.
SATURDAY. MARCH 17. 11AM
In addition to the portrait, the overall design will be comprised of two additional figures, this being one. With several shots in existence of Graham praying in this manner, I'm assuming this was an occurence during his thousands of invitations he gave. It was during this moment that hundreds of thousands of people around the globe walked down to the front, asking Jesus Christ to become their savior. For the next few hours I'll be laying in the dots and some line work in his blazer. Looking closely you can see some initial dots around the eyes, which determines the dot size for this illustration. The sketched linework in the lower left of the piece is my appoach to how I'll handle the blazer. Drop in around 2 to see the completed piece.
FRIDAY. MARCH 16. 10:15 PM
Here's Reverend Billy Graham, depicted in I'd say his 70s. Not sure though. Tomorrow I'll be inking two smaller pieces. One of him praying while he's standing during the invitation time at the end of the service, and the other I really like- at a
Youth For Christ crusade, in his 20s, preaching. Thanks for staying up with me. See you all tomorrow.
FRIDAY. MARCH 16. 9:00 PM
For the next few hours I'll pay very special attention to the mouth and surrounding area, going back-and-forth countless times, comparing it to, and matching it up to the original photograph. If your still up in a few hours, drop in and see the completed portrait.
FRIDAY. MARCH 16. 7:30 PM
JUST KEEP INKING KENDAL!
While we certainly can't say the rendering favors Billy Graham, it appears to be moving in that direction. Check back in around 9, Texas time, and we'll see what kind of progress we're making.
FRIDAY. MARCH 16. 7:30 PM
JUST KEEP INKING KENDAL!
That's what I tell myself after inking for some time, and the rendering in no way reflects the individual I'm portraying. I have learned after hundreds of portraits,
the personality of us all is generally found in the corners of the mouth and the surrounding mouth muscles. I would jump right into inking the mouth area first, except working on the other areas warms up my brain, helping me to see better. Portrait work isn't a hand skill, rather the trained ability to see. Now that I've spent some time on the eyes and nose, I'm ready to tackle the mouth area.
FRIDAY. MARCH 16. 6:30PM
LOTS AND LOTS OF DOTS!
My renderings are made up mainly of two drawn elements; the line work, which I will lay down first, then I shape and darken the subject with thousands of dots.
When the image is reduced onto the envelope, they aren't so much seen as dots, rather shading. I use dots in place of lots of line work and cross-hatching because the lines will muddy up. The white space around the dots, even when they're clumped tightly together for a dark effect, remains clean.
Stop by around 7:30 and maybe we'll begin to see the rendering resemble the
Reverend Billy Graham. At least that's what we're hoping for.
I'm not seeing it yet.
FRIDAY. MARCH 16. 1 PM
A GREAT ISSUE, THOUGH OFF TO A ROUGH START
Without hesitancy I'm documenting the man and his life work, the Reverend
Billy Graham. I truly believe no one has orally conveyed the simple Gospel message to our nation and the world in the 20th century, as Billy Graham has done. It appears around the Bevil studio this is going to be a Billy Graham weekend. I've already struggled with, and tossed out two Graham portraits. For me, he's difficult to portray. And as always, it's in the mouth area. So as I step up to the plate with two strikes, I thought it'd be nice to have you come along as I take on try number 3.
You'd never think this is the beginnnings of Graham's portrait. It is. Drop back in a few hours and watch him begin to appear. I'll have this portrait complete before I hit the sack tonight. Then tomorrow I'll ink one of two smaller shots.
HAVE SOMETHING TO ADD?
WE'D ALL LIKE TO HEAR YOUR COMMENTS AND THOUGHTS.
So glad you're doing a cover for Billy Graham. I never heard him in person, but he was a spiritual force who lead many to Christ. The arms of his heavenly Father have opened wide to receive him.
So true John. I too never had the privilege of hearing Billy Graham in person. If I'd heard him as a teenager, I believe I would have been moved to a decision for Christ. That came later. Though I believe Billy Graham could have taken me there earlier.
Being a topical event issue, are you going to use your Bevil stamps on it?
Yes, and today I'm having them printed up at Office Depot. I'll show them here later today or tomorrow evening.
Kendal,. It looks like it's coming along great, looking forward to seeing your finished cover.
Thanks Eric. After completing the main portrait, I'm now feeling pretty good about it. It was rough going there for a while.
You're right Kendal, I'm not seeing anything that looks like Billy Graham. I'll be patient and see how it turns out.
I'm with you on that Alan.
I like the Reverend Graham portrait so much. That is the face that I remember him as. I'll be checking in Saturday to see the rest of it.
Thank you Beth. Tomorrow will be a good productive day.
I feel it!
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