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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

Starting our painting

We are all set to get started, so let's start painting! Keep in mind that this will be a very fast "blocking-in" phase where we experiment with shapes for our landscape composition. Feel free to get as detailed or basic as you would like in this portion, as we will be adding a lot of detail to this piece later in the book.

Let's have our layers do some heavy lifting for us! We are going to begin our painting, keeping our layers and layer management at the forefront while we work:

  1. Select your Background Plane layer.
  2. With this layer selected, choose your brush tool (default hotkey B on the keyboard).
  3. Select a brush that you like the look of, as we will be blocking in a basic background. I have chosen the b) Basic-2 Opacity brush from the Digital section of the Brush Presets window (as shown in Figure 3.11):

Figure 3.11 – Our Basic-2 Opacity brush from the Digital section of Brush Presets