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alec
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From: Romania
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posted 01-22-2013 05:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alec   Click Here to Email alec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have added some new hand painted covers on my website.

All the cachets are totally hand made, worked under the magnifying glass with nibs and brushes. Pigments used are inks and gouaches. In the darkness some features are photoluminiscent (glow in the dark pigments). The postmarks and stamps are originals from the respective period and places.

Comments are welcome!

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Alec Bartos
President of Astrophilatelic Commission of Romanian Philatelic Federation
Member of ASSS, Space Unit, ASITAF

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 01-22-2013 08:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really like the hand sketch style you've used for your illustrations. I think my favorite example is the patch treatment you did for the Apollo 1 fire cachet. Very nice work.

alec
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posted 01-23-2013 06:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alec   Click Here to Email alec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Joel, my intention is to keep the feel of the cover not making it a painting. If the cover is from the 60's the design should prompt that period. The colors the fonts and the style.

As for the subject, I try to use my astrophilatelic knowledge and to make Cachets not only paintings on covers. When possible I try to illustrate important but little known or never illustrated facts about the particular mission. Take for example the Gemini X cover. Mike Collins lost the Hasselblad camera during GT-X, and the drawing from the right side of the cover resembles Young's drawing when returned to earth (Astronaut Young draws diagram on chalk board of tethered extravehicular activity accomplished during Gemini 10 flight).

In the Apollo 1 cachet design I've introduced the flight plan that miraculously survived the fire in the capsule. etc.

spaceman1953
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posted 01-25-2013 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice work here, Alec. Makes me want to get out my pens and pencils and see if I could do something similar... although my art skills were/are NEVER to be considered "art" skills! HA!

Keep it up (as if you needed the encouragement)! And feel free to keep adding to your website, because I just bookmarked it to watch your work.

Thanks for sharing!

DChudwin
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posted 01-26-2013 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nicely done.

I especially like the designs for Gemini 7/6 and the Liberty Bell 7 USS Randolph (although the fact that it is postmarked on an embossed envelope raises the possibility of a Riser forgery. I do not remember if Riser used this particular embossed envelope for his forgeries).

alec
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posted 01-26-2013 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alec   Click Here to Email alec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by spaceman1953:
Nice work here, Alec.
As someone says "When I'm done, I'd like your feedback. Tell me if I was brilliant or simply outstanding." Thank you spaceman. Of course I need encouragement. Feedback is good even it is criticism as long it is objective and sincere.

alec
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posted 01-26-2013 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alec   Click Here to Email alec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by DChudwin:
Very nicely done.
Thank you for your appreciations. And yes it is a Riser fake. That's the reason that I've used the UV pigment. Riser was busted with an sign made with UV marker. And the address I've wrote on the cover and which is visible only with the UV light is the address where it's supposed he produce the fake covers.

alec
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posted 01-30-2013 08:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alec   Click Here to Email alec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some of the covers are available here. More to come!

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