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Draw and Paint Better with Krita

By : Wesley Gardner
Book Image

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

Blocking in values using color

As we established earlier, in the Setting creative limitations section, we're going to tackle three of our challenges, all at the same time. First, we're only going to be choosing six colors initially, three sets of two to correspond with our shadows, midtones, and highlights respectively. Second, instead of working in grayscale to block in our initial values, we'll be working directly in color for the entire process. Third, we are not allowed to use pure black or pure white in this study; however, that doesn't mean we can't use some extremely dark or light colors!

Letting Value Do The Work

Up until this point of this book, I have been very adamant that value takes precedent over the other aspects of color (hue and saturation, respectively). Enough so, that in our previous five-chapter long landscape project, we started with a "value pass" of black and white to block in our values in Chapter 3, Utilizing Layers...