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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

Clarifying the color wheel

Before we get too far into the depths of this topic, I want to make it very clear that we will be using the "RGB" color wheel (the default of Krita and most digital art software) instead of the more traditional "RYB" color wheel that you would use in traditional oil, acrylic, watercolor, or gouache painting. As we reviewed at the end of Chapter 1, Getting Started with Krita, we will be using the HSV color model type in the Color Selector Settings section of Krita, as seen in the following screenshot:

Figure 2.4 – The HSV color wheel selection in the Color Selector Settings section of Krita

What is the color wheel? In the most basic of terms, the color wheel is a method of mapping colors in relation to one another. There are a variety of color wheels you can use in visual arts, but since we are working with the additive color theory that digital art provides through using light, we will use the RGB color...