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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


In this chapter, we actually started a painting! Technically, we also learned about the importance of layers, layer modes, and grouping layers. While we primarily only worked within the Normal blending mode during this chapter, it's still an important feature to point out as we will be deep-diving into more blending modes later in the book.

We also discussed some basics regarding landscape painting, including integrating our values and brushwork in an organized, structured way. Hopefully, you are already able to see the "illusion" of a landscape, even though we're only using three primary groups of content within our painting (those being our foreground, midground, and background groups). As artists, it is our job to mimic the sense of three dimensions on a two-dimensional plane, and keeping our values organized and structured aids in that goal tremendously.

In Chapter 4, Utilizing Brushes and Tools, we will be continuing our refinement of this landscape...