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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

Chapter 9: Setting Up a Still-Life Study

Welcome to the final chapters of the book!

I hope you've enjoyed the journey so far, and your familiarity with Krita is getting more comfortable. It's a stellar program, and I'm hoping that you're starting to see the possibilities the software can provide to aid in your artistic output.

To really drive home our mastery of this great program, we're going to hone our skills with a tried-and-true method that artists have used for centuries. Before we fully dig in, though, it will be important to set ourselves up for success.

Here's a quick breakdown of what this chapter will cover:

  • Setting expectations
  • Discussing our reference
  • Setting up grids and guides
  • Transferring what you see

From here until the end of the book, we are going to level up the difficulty of our projects to really push your artistic skillset. For this chapter, we are going to set up a canvas and transfer a stock...