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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

Reading recommendations – where should you go from here?

I'm honored to be one of the first (if not the first!) authors for Packt to cover Krita! That being said, there are a few other authors that have done incredible work discussing a few other programs you may be interested in learning as a digital artist:

  • Learn Clip Studio Paint – Third Edition, by Inko Ai Takita and Liz Staley: This book covers another great digital art platform, Clip Studio Paint! They cover creating comics, using 3D figures and objects to create line art, color palettes, and more. This is a natural successor to this book if you wish to further your understanding of the craft!
  • Mastering Adobe Photoshop Elements 2022 – Fourth Edition, by Robin Nichols: If you're interested in the Adobe suite of products, there's no better primer for Photoshop than Robin's, in my opinion. You'll go deep into digital art mainstays such as metadata, keywords, backing up your...