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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

Technical requirements

To follow along with this chapter, you will need the following:

  • Krita (version 5.0 +)
  • A way to interact with Krita, such as a keyboard and either a mouse, tablet, or touch device with a stylus

    There Are No Rules! Well…Sort of.

    In this chapter, I will be giving very general recommendations when it comes to formatting your artwork in Krita. In no way, shape, or form are these "requirements" for your art. These come from my experience working with a variety of professional clients, and as many times as I've followed these general guidelines, I've broken them as well. When in doubt, your client is always right, and their request for a certain aspect ratio or resolution takes paramount! Art directors often give "template files" or "art bibles" that list ratios, resolutions, and dimensions that you are required to use. If it's for personal work, these choices are up to you and you alone!