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Draw and Paint Better with Krita

By : Wesley Gardner
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Draw and Paint Better with Krita

By: Wesley Gardner

Overview of this book

Krita is a free, open-source digital painting program with industry-leading functionality and a creative suite of tools able to bring any visual idea to life. It allows for a fast, clean approach to creating digital art, without the hassle of pay-to-play or subscription license fees, but just like all other art software, it takes time and effort to learn it. This book provides a comprehensive look into functional tools, visual problem-solving, and leading painting techniques using Krita to unleash your inner artist. You’ll learn the functionality and tools of Krita for creating digital and print-quality work as well as explore manipulation toolsets, custom brush creation, overviews of color spaces, and layer management. As you progress, you’ll get to grips with ‘key styles’ needed to make professional-grade digital art, through techniques such as photobashing, 3D paint-overs, and more traditional painting methods, along with covering how Krita handles these workflows. Next, you’ll work through a few step-by-step art pieces using the skills and tools learned throughout the book. By the end of this Krita book, you’ll have a solid understanding of the Krita work environment and be able to bring your artistic visions to life with a myriad of leading industry-standard techniques.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Part 1: Intro to Krita and Digital Art Terminology Review
Part 2: Methods of Visual Communication within Krita
Part 3: Projects Unleashing Your Inner Artist with Krita


In this chapter, we discussed organization in many forms. Through shape language, we were able to break down our piece into easily identifiable planes (foreground, midground, and background) for revision and quick access. We then looked at the power of retaining these clear separations by using the Ctrl-click selection method, where we can select only information from select layers for an unbeatable masking shortcut. Finally, we discussed taking embedded notes not only for our sake but also for the sake of our clients and art directors as well.

That brings us to the close of Part 2, Methods of Visual Communication within Krita, of the book – congratulations! In Part 3, Projects Unleashing Your Inner Artist with Krita, we are going to unleash your inner artist, and go through a crash course of formal art training! Whether you've been through an Atelier program or are self-taught, there's going to be a LOT of discussion in the coming chapters. We are going...