Meet Pixel Sprite!

Hi to all! Today we have for you a new interview, this time we have stolen some time to our artist Pixel Sprite, one of the artists that has participated in the designs for our cool stuff in the shop . Enjoy it and have a nice Monday!

Hi Pixel Sprite 🙂
Do you paint professionally or as a hobby artist?
I’m a hobby artist.

When and how did you end up trying digital painting for the first time?
It was years ago but I can’t really remember. Circumstantial evidence says late ’07. As for how, I think it was that I read about GIMP on a ‘cool free programs’ list and it snowballed from there.

What is it that makes you choose digital over the traditional painting? or Do you still prefer traditional means, if so, why?
I have a dislike of unnecessarily wasting things, like art supplies. Wearing down pencils and using up paper. Using up disk space or just not saving things that aren’t turning out nicely is far more comfortable to me. I’d still like to be good with some traditional media at some point.

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How did you first find out about open source communities? What is your opinion about them?
The first open-source community I was really aware of was Blender’s, back in the time of 2.48. I generally find them to be very helpful even without directly interacting with them.

Have you worked for any FOSS project or contributed in some way?
So far I’ve only been testing and commenting on the Windows version of Krita.

How did you find out about Krita?
I found out about Krita while occasionally checking David Revoy’s blog.

What was your first take on it?
First time reading about Krita: “I think I want to like this program.” (That was before Krita was usable on Windows.)
First time using Krita: “So many brushes! So many brush settings that I don’t know what they do!”

What do you love about Krita?
That it’s the best all-around open-source graphics program and that it makes me want to get better at painting so I can use it better.

What do you think needs improvement in Krita? Also, anything that you really hate?
I think Krita is awesome as-is and I’ll cheer for any further improvement. That said, I can’t tell you how excited I am for the animation GSoC project! I really hope that gets to be in a usable form. As for hate, it’s not so much hate as that I get sad when something breaks. Krita, at least when it comes to Windows, seems to like keeping its developers on their toes.

In your opinion, what sets Krita apart from the other tools that you use?
It has image manipulation capacities, unlike MyPaint, which is great for small (and not-so-small) fixes and it is far more fun to paint with than GIMP. Krita also starts with a ‘K’; the advantage of this should be obvious. That or I’m biased.

If you had to pick one favourite of all your work done in Krita so far, what would it be?
That would have to be the picture I did in celebration of Mega Man being announced as a character in the next Super Smash Bros. game.

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What is it that you like about it? What brushes did you use in it?
I like that it came out as well as it did. It showed me what I could do if I sat down and really put my mind (and time) into a piece. For brushes I mainly used Basic_paint_05 and Basic_paint_25 set to build up mode along with a thin oval brush that had its rotation set to the drawing angle.

If you want to know more about him don’t forget to visit his DeviantArt!

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Check out the new cool merchandise!

Hi to all!

Here we are again with new products in the webshop. Now we have for you pillows, t-shirts, laptop sleeves… and more!
This time we had the collaboration of Tago Franceschi, Coyau and Nayobe Millis (our youngest artist), thanks to all of them to allow us to make great stuff with their artworks! You can see all the products on the Kritashop.

Here are some photos of the new products, enjoy it and share your love for Krita!

Cute tote bag by Nayobe Millis!
Cute tote bag by Nayobe Millis!

Suonatrice Pillow
Suonatrice Pillow by Tago Franceschi

Is Krita for you? (II)

Here we are again! This is our second post to increase your love for Krita. Enjoy it and don’t forget that we can resolve your doubts in Krita Forum and #krita channel on IRC.

Today, we have the pleasure of presenting to you Yafd, he is from EEUU. And here is a little of his art:

tentacle_bot_by_yafd-d63yw7u– How did you discovered Krita?
I can’t remember how I discovered it… probably following another artist. I’m always looking for new art software that brings something unique and interesting to the table.

– What brushes did you use for this image?
For that piece I used the basic ink brush and the eraser for the lines and the block paint brush.

– What is your favourite feature of Krita?

My favorite features of Krita are the natural brushes and mirrored drawing.

– Why would you recommend Krita?
Krita is great because of its fantastic brush engines and the great workflow.

– Why did you started painting in digital painting? Do you still painting on paper?
I’m a beginning artist. I sometimes do work on paper but I prefer digital because of the speed and the cost of materials.

The next artwork was created by Ohnoo, Malaysia, enjoy it!

crossover__inferno_cop_and_the_madomagi_girls_by_honoonokarite-d5vm9jg– How did you discovered Krita?
It’s kind of a long story, it hails all the way back to 2010 when I was still dependent on Photoshop and Paint Tool SAI on a Windows platform.

The first time I started my transition into Linux was in 2010, and that was due to my first time getting to know a Unix-based operating system since I was learning it for class. They were using Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) in the computer labs, I had for myself a 9.04 ISO to use. Later on, I began to feel there’s more to know about it and started installing it side by side starting from 10.04.

After comfortably settling with it I began wondering if I can do digital painting on a Linux-based platform. While on the Windows platform, I mostly used Photoshop and later Paint Tool SAI almost extensively, and I was still new to the options available in Linux at that time.

GIMP wasn’t very stellar for that kind of task at that time, plus I didn’t really like how I had to operate with three separate windows (main workspace, toolbox on the left, and layers etc on the right). Inkscape doesn’t really fit the scope of what I wanted to do, but I took note of it regardless, as it was very capable of what it is designed to do.

The earlier versions of Krita at that time was available for me, and I tried it out of curiosity. However, I wasn’t able to get used to it and decided to drop it from my list.

MyPaint became my choice after searching quite a while. Though I was kind of demotivated for a bit that it doesn’t quite feel like the Paint Tool SAI I am used to, but decided it was worth my time trying. I took quite some time getting used to it, and as a result I finally managed to reduce my dependency on the Windows-based platforms I had.

Time passes on and I became a pro-MyPaint user mostly, until later on I caught up on news regarding Krita’s improvement approaching version 2.6… and that was towards the end of 2012. Seeing the news sparked a new interest in me trying it again, because I am very interested at the prospect of… the UI, mostly (heh). Come 2.6, I found myself not having enough patience in wanting to try the latest version and jumped at the opportunity as soon as it became available.

Now? I think it didn’t take long until Krita’s goodness became history with me. I mean, it really “feels natural” to me. If I even know what that means myself.

– What brushes did you use?
On my initial sessions I just kind of settled with the initial default preset brushes. While pondering on a set of brushes to use for an artwork, I decided to try *Deevad‘s brushpack set as can be found here: [link]

But even with that, I kind of thought I still needed for a kind of brush… I think I used one of the brushes in Mr. David’s brushpack to create another brush… or did I? I can’t seem to remember how, but later on I ended up with these “custom” set as seen in this screencap here: [link]

… Sadly I don’t know any method of packaging them if anyone ever wants them (not that I think there’d be anyone interested enough), also the thumbnails for the brushes aren’t pretty, they only serve as rough indicators for what the brushes do at best…

– What is your favourite feature of Krita?
BRUSHES, PERIOD! No, really, while MyPaint’s brush engine is pretty strong on its own, Krita’s own brush engine isn’t any slouch either (in fact, I am not even sure if I should be using “slouch” here). I really like it a lot. Apart from that, Krita’s UI layout looks even more polished than the last time I remembered it, which is a very big usability improvement in my books.

And the blending modes that come with the brushes are a favorite, too: special mention goes to the Addition mode which I have come to love to… err, abuse the more I learn about it… ^^; Ehem.

Anyway, that’s pretty much it. Probably there’s more to mention but I’ll let time tell…

– Why would you recommend Krita?
Apart from one of the reasons being a recommendation for users frequenting Linux-based platform, it is one of the digital painting applications that offer the best bang for buck: It’s free, and it is a multi-platform application. From what I recall so far, the Windows builds leave a lot more to be desired, not to mention that OS X builds are still out of the question for the time being. But as soon as that time comes; well… I can only say there’s no other way to go but up.

Also, I’ve heard people saying Krita is quite comparable to what Corel Painter is to a Windows user in the Linux platform. I’ve had plenty of time to get used to Krita (and still have a lot more to know) so I can’t really speak much for others’ experiences, but overall it doesn’t really take much to discover what you can do with it. I’ve had a friend who’s more used towards using the Windows and Mac platforms for digital painting, and this is one of his first attempts at giving Krita on my computer a shot: [link]

Even for a speed-paint, I really admired the fact he can come up with that in a couple of minutes, and also because I have yet to achieve it myself… ^^;

So yes, for me Krita is just as good, if not any better, as any other painting program you can find out there. So people out there, give it a try!

– Why would you started on digital painting? Do you still painting on paper?

To begin with, drawing has been one of my favorite hobbies, but recently I started to take it more seriously, especially now that I am studying in a field that requires a proficiency of it to a degree.

I’ve always been impressed with what people can do with computers, and digital painting is one of them. However, my initial attempt on digital painting was far from what you would even pass as okay, I’m more used to traditional media (namedly, paper) during these times. In 2007, I had a very ample amount of time to comprehend digital painting and chose to stick with the mouse as a way to do things.

My first pen tablet, and perhaps the only one I have in possession up to this date; is kaa 4″ x 6″ Wacom Graphire 4, which was bought in 2008. It should be noted that the Wacom Bamboo series was already available in my local IT markets at this time, seeing it was officially released on May 2007. I chose the Graphire 4 out of a budget constraint; even though the Bamboo is present at that time, the former is a much more attractive option simply because of the price; considering I was a student and bought it out of a given budget to buy my own birthday present ^^;

I took quite some time to adjust myself to it, but managed nevertheless.

As for paper media, I still do it whenever I feel like it. Although most of what I did these days were mostly out of boredom during class hours or when I finished answering my exam questions before the time was up and felt like there was nothing more I could do while waiting to finish ^^; It really is strange we find ourselves working the best on the strangest of occasions…

Thanks to our artists to give to us a little of their time!

New Krita Webshop

Hi to all!

We are delighted that very soon the Krita Foundation will launch a new venture: the “Krita Webshop”. We will offer a wide range of cool stuff! All the artwork will of course come from the contributions of the brilliant artists who use Krita. Kudos to all of them for showing their love for Krita!

So… Show your love for Krita, too! Get to own cool swag and help Krita. All proceeds go to the Krita Development fund. Because we want Krita to thrive and to develop a host of new features for Krita. For instance, by funding ace Krita hacker Dmitry Kazakov’s work. The Outreach Program for Women has been able to fund two interns to work on the webshop, the Krita website and more!

Chinkal and Maria are working hard to get the shop up and running as soon as possible. And you’ll often be hearing from them in the coming days.

We’re looking forward to reading your suggestions here.

And… remember, only a few days for Krita 2.7 release!

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No rest for Krita

Krita is growing and ensuring its position, since the release of Krita 2.5 Krita team has being working hard.

Krita 2.5, months later Krita 2.6, Krita 2.7 will be released this summer and 2.8 at Fall. Krita is not only improving in terms of software, the team is promoting Krita, giving demonstrations, doing workshops, conferences… in events such  Barcelona Mobile World Congress 2013 and Madrid Libre Graphics Meeting 2013.

They will be this summer in the Akademy, the annual world summit of KDE, one of the largest Free Software communities in the world. This summer will take part in Bilbao, where is expected to be presented “Muses”.

Muses is the second training DVD of Krita, made by Ramon Miranda. You can pre-order it with a special price on 27.50€ that includes the shipping! Run for it!

New poster!

Hi to all!

Here is our new poster with the colaboration of Namito111!

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There are some questions that we made to him:

– A part from painting in Krita, do you contribute into some open-sources project ?
Except some posts on KDE forum, I’m just an user so far. However I’m considering to contribute as a translator or a tester in the future.

– Do you work in the ambit of design, illustration…?
No, I paint as a weekend hobby.

– What brushes did you use to do that image?
I used 3 brushes on it:
1. Pencil-esque Pixel brush for the lineart.
2. Fully opaque Pixel brush for defining areas to color prior to the actual coloring process.
3. Color Smudge brush for the ‘uneven’ texture of watercolor paint. The Smudge mode is set to Dulling.

– How did you discovered Krita?
I discovered it while exploring image editing softwares available on Ubuntu Linux in early 2012. At that time I was migrating from Windows to Linux to use GIMP at the full speed.

– What is your favourite feature of Krita?
I love the seamless zoom/pan/rotate view interface and the quick access palette. They really boost my efficiency.

Thanks to Namito111! You can see more of his work on deviant.

It will be on Zazzle soon!

New mug!

Hi to all!

We have the pleasure to show you our new mug with the collaboration of David Revoy.

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We have made to him some questions for you!

Q-A part from painting in Krita, do you contribute into some open-sources project ?

A-Yes, I contribute also to Gimp, Mypaint, Wikipedia and test Linux distributions. I also worked on two open-movie productions : Sintel ( art-direction ) and Tears of Steel ( concept-art , storyboard ) , and released two open workshop DVD’s : Chaos&Evolutions and Blend&Paint.

Q-Do you work in the ambit of design, illustration…?

A- Yes, I’m a freelance illustrator since 2002 living in the south of France. I work remotely from my home studio for various pubishers and studios.

Q- What brushes did you use to do that image?

A- I used the ‘particle brush’ engine , with various settings changed on the fly. It was just a test, a speed-painting to test this particular and very ‘digital’ looking brush.

Q- How did you discover Krita?

A- I discovered Krita back in 2006 or 2007 while following generalist news on a CG forum. It was talking mainly about the CMYK support. I first tested it on old Ubuntu package around 2008. Then I joined the team as a tester on 2010 after my work on the art-direction of the open-movie Sintel.

Q- What is your favourite feature of Krita?

A- Too much to list them all : Dulling smudge, Textured stroke, a lot of shortcut available, incremental saving, transformation tool, stabilisation, PSD support, CMYK … But above all, I like the general performance and smoothness of the brush; a lot of work of optimisation was made about it thanks to the dedicated work of the developpers Lukas Tvrdy and Dmitry Kazakov.

You can know more about Dave visiting his portfolio.

Thanks to Dave and hoping you like it!

You can buy our mug on Zazzle. Enjoy it!