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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


That brings us to the end of this chapter, and while we covered a lot of ground, I'm hoping that some of these techniques started getting your creativity flowing!

In this chapter, we successfully learned about blending modes and showcased the flexibility they can allow in merging different assets together in a cohesive way. We also discussed references, from the stigma they sometimes carry and the legalities of using them, to learning some valuable tips on implementing the stock resources you find within your work. We covered creating a foolproof value checker, as well as implementing colors without destroying our value work!

All of this was in service of updating our ongoing landscape painting project with some nice texture work and a very quick color pass. In Chapter 6, Composing Using Krita's Toolbox, we're going to be learning about some fantastic composition techniques and utilizing Krita's toolbox and masking tools, which will allow our photo...