Drawing smooth & stable curves in Krita
Someone asked me privately about drawing smooth & stable lines in Krita. I think this could be useful to many new Krita artists, so I wrote an independent article about it.
- Select Ruler Assistant Editor Tool from Toolbox.
- In Tool Options docker, change Ellipse to Spine.
- Draw a spine. You can change she shape of a spine afterward, or connect multiple spines by joining their ends.
- Select Paint with Brushes from Toolbox.
- In Tool Options docker, check Assistant.
- Draw a line along the ruler spine you just made, you’ll get a stable curve.
Drawing a straight line in Krita
Select Draw a straight line tool from Toolbox on the right of the Paint brush icon.
Q:Since you are an awesome freedom artist, do you create your own fonts or find impactful fonts (that are license free) that you used for your recent works? If possible, what do you suggest to find a bunch of interesting fonts online and what sort of fonts you used right now?
Getting Fonts with Free License
Using free-licensed fonts is indeed very important for individual artists, as commercial font royalties are often calculated by letters and can be extremely expensive. Fonts that come with proprietary operation systems — like Microsoft Windows and Apple OS — are, most likely, also proprietary. You cannot use these fonts to publish your work without paying the license fee, otherwise the owner of the font can sue you for that.
What’s a Free Font?
Free and open-souce fonts are often licensed using SIL Open Font License, sometimes referred to as SIL or OFL. These fonts are free to use, study, modify and distribute. A full list of various of free font licenses (from Open Font Library):
- Apache 2.0
- Bitstream Vera License (and derivative projects)
- GNU General Public License
- GNU Lesser General Public License
- GPL with font exception
- GUST Font License
- MIT (X11) License
- OFL (SIL Open Font License)
- Public Domain (not a license)
There are 4 primary sources from which I get my free fonts:
1. From the repository of a GNU/Linux distribution
Most GNU/Linux distributions hold a number of basic free fonts that are easy to read, which resembles to those preinstalled in MS Windows. If you are not using GNU/Linux, you can still download them from their websites. I use the following ones more often:
- Liberation fonts (Libreoffice’s default font, good for document)
- DejaVu fonts (arguably the most widely used free font, good for on screen display)
- Droid (Once the default font of Android)
2. From Google Fonts
Google maintains a large repository of free and open source fonts. It has a very friendly interface that allows you to type whatever preview text and set the font size you want. It helps you in using those fonts on your website as well.
If you are using Ubuntu or its derivatives, you can use TypeCatcher to make font searching and installing from Google Fonts much easier.
3. From Font Squirrel
Font Squirrel hosts a large number of fonts that free for commercial use, which are not necessarily free-licensed. However, the website has a filter to shows only those fonts with OFL/Apache license.
4. Open Font Library
Open Font Library also hosts a large number of free fonts but the interface is funny so it’s not very easy to find what you want there.
Just answered a question on my ask blog about where to get free fonts. I guess it could be useful for many people so I reblog it to my main blog. Hope you guys like it!
While many of you have already had a sneak peak at the new version, it is still a very good idea to check this version out because this contains many bugfixes compared to release candidates and the like.
So what now?:
The team will start working on Krita 2.9. This means new features, and new features mean new bugs. If you wish stability from Krita, you’ll have to stick to 2.8 for about six to eight months.
We really hope you’ll enjoy Krita 2.8!
Congratulations! My first contact with Krita was 2.3.x, the first “ready for end-users” version. In just 2 years, Krita evolved from “a promising app” into “an incredible app”. Thank you so much for developing this great free software for us! This is a major step for the freedom of artists.
I have been using the development version since Krita’s source code ever branched to 2.8. I witnessed how the software was shaped by the developers bit by bit, commit by commit. Although I don’t know much about coding, I still learn a simple fact about software development: IT GROWS ON LOTS OF LOVE!! (quote from David Revoy :b)
Don’t forget the Download links though!
Also visit Krita online:
Krita the free digital painting app has been greenlit on Steam!
Actually it was days ago when Dan Leinir, one of the developer told me about the good news. Thank guys for the support! You are awesome! See how happy Kiki is in this picture!
For those who don’t know about Krita, it is the only digital painting application I’m using. It is also free software. I wrote an article on tumblr about it a week ago when the dev team started their Steam Greenlight campaign: Click to read.
Visit Krita online:
Krita the Digital Painting App now on Steam!
Visit Krita on Steam
Krita’s mascot, Kiki the Cyber Squirrel is here to spread the word! I designed her and made the pictures above. You shall meet her again in Krita 2.8’s startup splash! Like her? Get the wallpaper version here, supports popular resolutions on PC, smartphones and pads.
Krita is the only digital painting tool I’m using. It is a free (as in freedom) and open source software. It offers a sophisticated brush system, packs in almost everything that a digital painter needs and is very easy to use.
Krita supports Windows and GNU/Linux. Now the develop team is trying to get Greenlight on Steam, please help them (and thus helps everyone)! Visit Krita on Steam.
Krita’s steam page has a detailed feature list. Here I would like to talk about a few things that I really like about Krita as an artist:
- Krita’s brush system is fast and smooth. It is optimized for graphics tablets with pressure support.
- Ruler tool assistance when drawing long curves (something comparable to SAI).
- It doesn’t draw jigsaws when zoomed out (my nightmare when using Adobe Photoshop).
Krita has a highly customizable user interface. The interactive design is very intuitive to use. Here is a glimpse:
Basic brush tool operations:
- Shift + drag = Change brush size
- Ctrl = temporary color picker
- Middle button + hover movement = Move canvas
- Ctrl + Middle button + hover movement up / down = Zoom canvas
- Shift + Middle button + hover movement around = Rotate canvas
Right click and you get:
- Color wheel
- Recently used colors
- Favorite tool presents
- Supports layer with many mixing method
- Supports layer group
- Supports layer mask
High quality resize with Lanczos3 filter. It doesn’t produce inferior shrinking result that Adobe Photoshop does sometimes.
- GPU accelerated, fast high quality canvas zooming & rotation
- Realtime mirrored view mode
- Color management support
Free as in Freedom:
Krita is free (libre) and open source software. Its source codes are publicly available. You can study, modify, and distribute Krita without restriction. You can learn more about Free Software Movement.
David Revoy has been making tutorials and resources for Krita, available on his website. If you are new to Krita, make sure to visit his place for some useful tips and brushes! Please visit David’s website.
Alice Rosetta character design version 3
6 pictures | click to enlarge, slide using ◄ ► on both side
This is probably the final version you will see in the comic. Alice will be the main protagonist of the story of Xing, the new title of project SYNC (a.k.a. Electric Hearts). She is an android with cat-based appearance.
Base: Black hair + Traditional Chinese dress + Cat
Symbolic: Wings + Stars + Flowers
The most interesting thing of designing an android character is that I can have a lot of freedom to put functional detail on the back.
And the last two pictures are Alice’s old designs:
Ver.2 (on the right), designed in 2013.
Ver.1, designed in 2007.
How much she has changed! :D
Celestine the little mouse from the animated movie “Ernest & Celestine”. She is intelligent, has attitude, acts fast and is very well animated, plus a perfect voice acting, without a doubt my favorite animated character so far. I have strong resonance with Celestine because we share a similar story of having a strong motivation of drawing pictures as little children, but the adults was expecting something else from us and they never liked us.
This picture is drawn using only my left hand. I was a left-handed child just like Celestine, but the adults “corrected” my “bad habit” before I went to elementary school. This probably impeded my recognition development and contributed to my long-term learning difficulties. I never did well at school before I went to college.
Celestine inspired me to live as myself. I decided to re-enable my left hand after I watched the movie. I haven’t been holding a pen using my left hand for 25 years. Completing this picture seemed impossible at the beginning. But I thought if I don’t try, I can never have my left hand back. So I pushed myself to the limit. No drawing assistance like ruler, vector tool was used.
And I made it! :) Although it is just the beginning, I was convinced that one can do anything if you are determined like Celestine! …But come to think of it, I have already done switching from Windows to GNU/Linux, Adobe Photoshop to Krita/GIMP. How difficult can it be to switch from right-handed to left-handed anyways! XD
My interpretation of the stage 2 space crafts of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program.
Chang’e and Yutu has successfully landed on the surface of the moon. I’m super excited! :)
Krita 2.8 + Krita 2.8 default brush.