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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

Understanding perspective

Perspective, in its most simple sense, is the technique in which you take something that is two-dimensional (a drawing or painting) and give its contents a sense of three-dimensional space. Alternatively, you can think of perspective as the viewer's eye line. What is our perspective of what we're looking at? Are we above our subject, looking down? Are we eye-level with what we're looking at? Are we viewing our subject from below, or does it have a crazy effect such as fish-eye lenses? Each one of these options can give the viewer a different narrative of your artwork and can be very impactful in selling a concept correctly. Let's break down the three most used perspectives in painting, all of which are considered linear perspectives – one-point, two-point, and three-point perspectives. Let's start with one-point perspective.

One-point perspective

One-point perspective is defined as a perspective grid that consists of a...