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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

Creating two thumbnails for comparison

Welcome to the final project! While the chapters in this book have mainly been a mix of theory chapters and practical step-by-step chapters, this chapter will be a hybrid where we are going to create our images step by step, but by discussing design and creative sensibilities during the process. I say this because I don't want you to feel like you have to follow along step by step with what we're creating in this chapter: it's a narrated tutorial on problem solving while creating a piece of art. There is a lot to cover in this chapter, so it's going to be fast-paced with a lot of moving parts. Let's get started!

Taking Your Time

If you ever feel like your ability in a skill that we are covering is lacking, feel free to do outside studies, or follow up on techniques that were discussed earlier in this book. I expect this project to take between three and six full painting sessions of multiple hours each, so take all...