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The time has come…

…indeed, ’tis come, my friends, to talk of many things…

Alright, peeps, it’s time to finally start opening up about this project I’ve worked on for the last four and a half years. We finished the writing of it back in May. (And yes, it took a while. But it was worth it. I think you’ll love it.)

It’s for kids ages 8-12, roughly 30,000 words (relatively short), and I plan on illustrating it as heavily as possible!

(So great to be back on my home turf of illustration. Writing was a totally new experience. But I’m grateful to have the basics under my belt, and we’ll be doing more stories as time goes on.)

The novel is about a young spider. You’ll find out more over the next few months.

Today I finished putting together the 3D model photo reference for the book cover. Check it out!

Westly - Cover Jacket - 3D Photo Reference

Cover Jacket – 3D Photo Reference

This is the first 3D model I’ve done in well over a decade, and the second one in my life. All I have to say is, WOW, now that I know how to do it, creating photo reference is dramatically easier.

There’s still a number of things that I’d rather do with live photo reference for now—such as moss and texture.

Watch it live!

The book cover painting is happening live via my account at livestream.com throughout the next ten or fifteen days. Either tomorrow or Wednesday I’ll break out the paint brush.

Sign up on my Twitter account or Facebook Page for updates on the times.



Click to go to my Livestream account

Click to go to my Livestream account

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?”

Livestreaming a work-in-progress painting

I’m livestreaming a work-in-progress painting. Feel free to stop by and say ‘hello!’

This image below is where the painting is now. Still a ways to go, but it’s coming along.

Here’s the link to the livestream.com site: http://bit.ly/1cfe51C

(In thirty days that link will expire, as the site routinely cleans its archives)

Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 10.18.55 PM

13th Reality Book 1 – Jacket Design

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




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:




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

Have a ssswwwweellll weekend.

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.



(Click above for larger view)







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.


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:



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?