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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

Remembering the single most important rule of art

Before we cover the "single most important rule of visual art," I want to give you a few choice things to think about:

  • Done is better than perfect: You've probably heard the saying "quality is better than quantity." While I agree with the sentiment, I think quality and quantity will make you that much better. Defeat your instinct of being a perfectionist – it's self-defeating in nature. I would rather say you make 30 "okay" pieces of art, rather than one "great" piece that took you 30 times as long to make as the others. Why? I'd be willing to bet that after the 30 "okay" pieces, you'll be more confident in your skills, you will have solved more problems successfully, and the quality of your last few pieces will be better than your "great" piece that took you 30 times as long. Work hard, and work often. You've got this.
  • Your voice...