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Painter X3 Tutorial and “Short Cut” Update

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Corel Painter X3 Tutorial

First of all, as I mentioned awhile ago, I did a Corel Painter X3 tutorial with Corel Corporation awhile ago. It’s live now on Corel’s main website.

This painting was a really fun process. It goes over the entire process of creating the painting: 1) coming up with rough concepts; 2) working with an art director (our blog group); 3) developing the concept; 4) preliminary drawing; 5) value study; 6) taking photo reference; 7) final drawing; 8) color study; 9) painting process; 10) finishing. At the end, I go into a specific area of Corel Painter X3, showing how the perspective tool works.

My favorite part of creating this painting was working with my many friends and fans here on the web. When I first posted the rough concepts for the project I worried that I would get confusing feedback, and that it would dampen the project. Instead, the comments were clear, insightful, and knowledgable. And it was fun to communicate with friends all over the world.

Here’s a link table of contents for all the entire process here on the web:

1) Pick Away

2) Alright, Mission Control

3) Faerietank – Part 1

4) Faerietank – Part 2

5) Faerietank – Part 3

6) Faerietank – Part 4a

7) Faerietank – Part 4b

8) Faerietank – Part 4c

9) Faerie Auditions – Faerietank Part 5

10) Faerietank – Gathering Reference

11) Faerietank – Preliminary Value Study

12) Faerietank – Part 7 – The Drawing

13) Faerietank – Final Value Study

14) Faerietank – Color Study

15) Faerietank – Live Streaming of the Work-In-Progress (Video Expired)

16) Still Painting Away – See It Live Online (Video Expired)

17) Faerietank – Finishing Up

18) Faerietank – Semi-Final Painting

 

The Final:

"Faerietank" - a painting by Bryan Beus
“Faerietank” (2013) by Bryan Beus.

 

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A Faerietank Process animated GIF, created for a Painter X3 tutorial with Corel Corporation.

Check it out! Now, onto the next topic…

Furthering the Graphic Novel Layout

Well, after thinking about it, I’m going to show you a small screenshot of where things are, but I’m not going to let you know the details—for now. I’m going to wait and see what we should keep a surprise, and what we should show publicly.

So, in the meantime…

Rough Thumbnails for "No Short Cut to Heaven"
“No Short Cut to Heaven,” pages nine through sixteen.

Alright, I have a question for y’all now.

When you’re putting together your graphic novel layouts (those of you that are into this kind of thing), how soon do you like to start making the pictures “pretty?”

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13th Reality Book 1 – Jacket Design

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Going to put these in the portfolio/gallery section soon, along with a few other things.

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Have some news of three good things happening with Corel Corporation.

The first is that the following two pieces will be included in the Corel Painter X13 Gallery:

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The other two news items I’ll post when the time comes.

Have a ssswwwweellll weekend.

Faerietank – Semi-Final Painting

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For new readers just tuning in: You are invited to participate in this painting! It’s a faerie tank—like a fish tank, but with faeries instead. You don’t need any more information to start. Just look it over, gather thoughts, and comment below. To see where this project began, click here.

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(Click above for larger view)

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There she is!

(You should notice some major color correction as I bought myself a monitor calibration device this week. :) )

As a thank you for participating, I want to make it so that everyone who contributed in any way can receive a print of the painting (including by commenting in this semi-final post).

To you I will make available a small-sized print which you can purchase for only as much as it costs to make it (shouldn’t be more than $4).

Then, I think I will do a 20% discount on everything else for you as well (normally my prints cost anywhere from $30 to $250).

So, if you’re thinking you might buy one, even if you’re not sure yet, make sure to leave a comment of any kind.

Now, we have just a few questions that need answering:

First of all, the title “Faerietank” was mostly just a working title, and I think we could use more grace. I’m thinking of changing it to “Aqua Faeries”, what do you think? Secondly, I invite you to leave whatever thoughts about the painting you have.

Here are talking point guidelines:

 

• Which do you prefer, “Faerietank”, or “Aqua Faeries”?

• What do you think overall, is it finished?

• Are there any parts of the painting that still need attention?

• What would you think if you walked into your friend’s house and found this on the wall—would you stop to look at it?

• Anything else?

 

Well, after we hear back from everyone, all that’s left is to let it sit for a bit and then come back for final tweaks.

Thank you all so much for participating! I really mean it when I say that I am impressed with how artistically intelligent everyone is. It’s made it a wonderful experience.

Maybe you should all become painters yourselves…

Still painting away – See It Live Online

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Working away. You can watch live video of the painting in progress at this website:

https://new.livestream.com/accounts/4007438/events/2102075

A crop of the castle waterfall:

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Faerietank – Live Streaming of the Work-In-Progress Painting

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I’m streaming the work-in-progress creation of “Faerietank.” All the videos are posted, and you can also sometimes catch me painting it live.

Sign up on my facebook page for notifications of starting and stopping times.

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Guess Who…

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Can you guess who this is?

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Based on a portrait by Johann Zoffany (that ought to be a hint:).

This portrait study is of King George III

Fun Fact:
Many people wonder why audiences stand during the Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s “The Messiah”.

It started on the first performance when King George II, father of this man, became so overcome with emotion he stood out of respect to God. Because no one was allowed to sit while the king was standing, the audience rose to their feet as well.

King George III, depicted here, continued on this tradition. George continued to hold Handel as his favorite musician throughout his life and frequently attended his performances.

[Study is loosely based on a portrait by Johann Zoffany]
http://bryanbeus.com/blog/?p=2378

Faerietank – Final Value Study

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For new readers just tuning in: You are invited to participate in this painting! It’s a faerie tank—like a fish tank, but with faeries instead. You don’t need any more information to start. Just look the drawing over, gather thoughts, and comment below. To see where this project all began, click here.

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Today we’re going to look at the value study.

First, let’s see what happened since last time. Here’s a link to the drawing we saw earlier:

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Blog and facebook readers made excellent observations:

Nathan, Kim, and Lisa made the observation that the center fairy had lost her prominence, balance, and gesture.

Katherine, Christina, and beushome pointed out things that are working, such as depth and (crucially) that we’re having fun!, and that we can hope our other viewers will, too.

Kim and Christina both said that the fairy playing around in the castle is a little confusing. I’ve made a few small adjustments; we’re not going to do too much as the value perhaps clarified and I also like leaving a little bit of mystery for now. When it’s finished it may be entertaining to have to look closer to see if there’s a fairy within the folds.

Amanda added that during the drawing stage she felt the upper half of the image held all the attention, so watch to see if adding value helped.

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Now, here’s the final value study! This is left loosely painted. We’ll take it tighter on the final painting.

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What do you think?

Here’s some talking points you may like to consider. Feel free to copy/paste them into your comment:

• What’s the mood?

• Does our eye enter into the picture easily?

• Does our eye flow around the painting well?

• Do the values feel balanced?

• Is there a pleasant exit?

• Did we make the image stronger?

Looking forward to your feedback:)

Faerie Auditions – Faerietank Part 5

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Note to new readers: You are invited to participate! This is part of a work-in-progress painting of a faerietank (a fish tank, but with faeries instead). You don’t need any other background info to start; just read through the instructions, vote on the images, and leave feedback in the comments. If you would like to see where it all began, click here.

Okay everyone, we’ve come this far, and now it’s time to make the toughest decisions.

First, here’s our finalized thumbnail drawing:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=386564524754689&set=pb.314016392009503.-2207520000.1353401845&type=3&theater

Now, we have a dozen or so different options available for the faeries and you get to decide who makes the cut, and who does not. Voting closes at midnight MST on November 22 (Thanksgiving).

There are six spots available for which the faeries are competing:

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A – Playing in the bubbles in front of the foliage.

B – Behind the hill, either hiding or looking pretty

C – Sucking on the glass at front

D – Drinking ambrosia from the fountain

E – Exploring the castle

F – Peering above the surface

 

For each spot there’s two or three contestants.

Voting is simple. Use the ballots just below each image to select the ones you’d like to see.

At the end, if you have an extra minute and you’d like to participate further (and I’d love it if you do), leave me your thoughts in the comments section.

 

Let’s get started:

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Exhibit A:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=386564578088017&set=a.385132791564529.91138.314016392009503&type=3&theater

Poll Closed
Final Result:
Faerie #1 – 20 votes
Faerie #2 – 4 votes
Faerie #3 – 9 votes

 

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Exhibit B:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=386564591421349&set=a.385132791564529.91138.314016392009503&type=3&theater

Poll Closed
Final Result:
Faerie #1 – 3 votes
Faerie #2 – 23 votes

 

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Exhibit C:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=386564604754681&set=a.385132791564529.91138.314016392009503&type=3&theater

Poll Closed
Final Result:
Faerie #1 – 22 votes
Faerie #2 – 3 votes

 

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Exhibit D:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=386564598088015&set=a.385132791564529.91138.314016392009503&type=3&theater

Poll Closed
Final Result:
Faerie #1 – 11 votes
Faerie #2 – 21 votes
Faerie #3 – 5 votes

 

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Exhibit E:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=386564541421354&set=a.385132791564529.91138.314016392009503&type=3&theater

Poll Closed
Final Result:
Faerie #1 – 10 votes
Faerie #2 – 9 votes
Faerie #3 – 11 votes

 

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Exhibit F:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=386564581421350&set=a.385132791564529.91138.314016392009503&type=3&theater

Poll Closed
Final Result:
Faerie #1 – 12 votes
Faerie #2 – 18 votes

 

Some suggested talking points for comments (feel free to copy/paste this into your actual comment for reference)

• How is the thumbnail working as a whole? 

• If you were walking through a gallery and saw this, would you stop and look?

• Do you think there ought to be more foliage? Less foliage?

• How much do you think the foliage should resemble a forest vs a coral reef?

• If you could describe the painting in one word, what would it be?

• Any other thoughts?

 

Thank you for voting. I look forward to finding out which ones we’ll see in the final.

Also, if you’re enjoying this, please share it with your friends on facebook, twitter, and elsewhere else:)

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