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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

Refining our brushwork

Now that we have established some more refined shapes and given ourselves a good perspective grid to work with, we can really dig into splashing color in a more meaningful way. Once this is done, we can refine our edges with some additional brushwork and bring this chapter to a close!

Let's go ahead and set up some additional colors in our Color Splash layer, and merge a copy of what we have so far to allow for some rich, blended painting. Follow these steps:

  1. On your Layers panel, select your Color Splash layer and ensure that it is visible (as we hid the layer in the first step of the Creating edges section of this chapter).

My main goal at this point is to add some subtle shifts of hues, bringing some interest into the middle portion of our leftmost mountain range. I plan on doing this by adding some brown and refining the shapes of the "mountain reflection" on the ice.

  1. Grab a nice brown shade for your hue, and with...