Krita Free Painting App Tutorial
High resolution versions:
- Krita 2.9 splash full
- Krita 2.9 splash cropped
- Krita 2.9 splash cut out
- Multuply example Kiki
- Multuply example Kiki (source)
As requested, I’m sharing my Krita experience here as a comprehensive, 24 pages tutorial. This tutorial shows how I created a new picture of Kiki (the mascot) for Krita 2.9 startup splash, covering many Krita related know-how such as:
- Brushes of choice
- Ruler assisted drawing
- My 2 drawing strategies
- and more!
I hope this tutorial helps. Good luck and happy drawing with Krita!
Luna the Rabbit Postgirl & Krita on Kickstarter
Hello guys, sorry for being inactive for such a long while. I was occupied by my job and the preparation of my project. Now I’m sort of having a summer holiday, I can finally draw something, a original furry character, which I haven’t done for a very long time.
This is Luna Artemis, a rabbit girl working for the local post office of a small prairie village. The first picture is the new design (2014 now) of her being 16, the second one is the old design (2008) of her being 8. I used very different art style on these two versions, which makes the comparison kind of interesting. :)
Krita needs your help on Kickstarter!
Krita is a free and open source digital painting app that I use to create all my artwork since 2012. It has a smooth and responsive brush I like very much. I support Krita mainly because of the free software license it uses. Such a license grants people the freedom to use, study, modify and redistribute Krita and its source code, for now and forever.
Krita’s develop team is now on Kickstarter.com, trying to raise the funding to accelerate its development, aiming to realize many new features including OSX support. Me and many others will be very thankful for your support for the freedom of artists and free software development! :)
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.
My Krita Tutorial.
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.
- My Krita Tutorial
- Krita’s Official website
- Krita’s Steam page
- Krita’s DA group
- Krita Foundation on tumblr
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.