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A Corel Painter Tutorial done of "Faerietank" (2013) by Bryan Beus

Painter X3 Tutorial and “Short Cut” Update

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.

 

Faerietank Process GIF | Medium: Painter X3

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?”

Faerietank – Semi-Final Painting

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…

Faerietank – Color Study

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 color study over, gather thoughts, and comment below. To see where this project all began, click here.

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After a long stint of radio silence, we’re ready to move forward again!

One note: Starting next week I will be doing live webcasts of my painting process.

For announcements on times and how to view the video of the painting in-process, sign up and ‘like’ my facebook page here:

www.facebook.com/bryanbeuspage

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What are your thoughts?

Here’s a few talking points you might consider:

• Does it look like a fish tank (of faeries)?

• What do you think about the balance of warm areas (yellows, reds, etc.) and cool areas (blues and greens)?

• Do you think we’re ready to start fleshing out the details?

Faerietank – Final Value Study

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:)

Faerietank – Part 7 – The Drawing

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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Okay, let’s take a look:

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I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

A few notes before we go into our talking points:

What this is: it’s a *drawing*, not yet a study of lights, darks, gradation, or color. Yes, there is some shading, because we need a vague idea of what it will look as we examine, but the real study of lights and darks will look like the following, though much more finished:

Temporary Value Study:

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So, some talking points we want to consider (feel free to copy/paste these into your comment):

1 – Does anything ‘pop out’ right off as being out of place?

2 – Is it interesting?

3 – Does it feel right?

4 – Will we remember it after we walk away?

5 – Anything else?

Remember, we’re looking at this as a drawing, so we want to hold off on making comments about lights and darks until the next round.

Alright, we’ll be doing notes from now until Wednesday night, then we’ll start the real value study. Let’s get going.

Faerietank – Preliminary Value Study

Note to new readers: This is part of an ongoing work-in-progress painting, in which you are invited to participate. You can leave any comments you like here, and you can see how participation works as a whole by clicking here. Enjoy!

Some suggested talking points, which you can copy/paste these into the comments section if you’d like.

• How balanced is the painting?

• Can you tell where your eye is supposed to go?

• Where do you think the focal point is (the area of initial, strongest interest)?

• What kind of mood do you think the painting has?

• Do you think it’s working in general? Why?

Thanks for participating!