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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

Evaluating color modes

Now, let's start our coverage of color modes! We are going to cover quite a bit in this section, including the following:

  • Fundamentals of digital color space (RGB versus CMYK)
  • Krita's terminology and settings for color
  • Some differences between digital and print as it pertains to color

Out of the many sections in this book, I believe that the color portion may be the one that will be most beneficial to return back to from time to time as a reference. The more years I spend creating art, the more subtlety and range I learn about using color to share my artistic voice more effectively.

Color Experts?

This may seem weird to say, but I'm a firm believer there's no such thing as an "expert" when it comes to using color in relation to "choosing the right color while painting on a canvas." While some artists are extremely gifted in their color understanding, thinking of an "expert" means...