Meet Nayobe!

Hi to all, today we have for you an interview with Nayobe Millis. She is a young girl from United States (she is only 16) who has collaborated with us in the webshop, giving us permissions to make merchandise with this cute artwork: Sheep’s Pan Flute. She is our younger artist! thanks to her and enjoy the interview 🙂

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Hi Nayobe, Do you paint professionally or as a hobby artist?
Right now I paint as a hobbyist, but I wish to improve my art skills so I can paint professionally.

When and how did you end up trying digital painting for the first time?
I remember it being years ago when I was a little kid in elementary school. I used to go on the computer and scribble on MS Paint using a laptop trackpad. I wanted to see if I could actually draw something on the computer like how I drew on paper.

What is it that makes you choose digital over the traditional painting? or Do you still prefer traditional means, if so, why?
I like both digital and traditional painting. It’s easier painting digitally for me though, because you can really put in detail without worrying if you mess up. I haven’t really painted much traditionally so I cannot compare that.

How did you first find out about open source communities? What is your opinion about them?
Well, I was always stuck with MS Paint, but then I learned about GIMP through DeviantArt. People who used it says GIMP is like Photoshop except it’s free and I always heard how good Photoshop was, so I gave GIMP a shot. GIMP was the only open source community I heard about, I only learned about Krita through a DA user named TysonTan and I found other open source communities by watching speed paint on YouTube.– yay! Tyson Tan is the artist who made our mascot!–

Have you worked for any FOSS project or contributed in some way?
I have not contributed to any FOSS projects for I had no clue what they were or if that even existed. I guess doing this for Krita will be my first.

What was your first take on it?
Woo, at first, I found Krita quite confusing to work with. I was just transferring over to it after using Paint Tool SAI so I had no clue how Krita worked. Took some time getting used to it. I’m still vague on it now, but I’m slowly starting to understand the way how it works. C:

What do you love about Krita?
The thing I love about Krita is the brushes and the way you can paint on it. There were so many brushes to experiment with. I personally like the square/rectangle brushes, it gives a painting effect. I also love how Krita keeps the color you used after you use them.

What do you think needs improvement in Krita? Also, anything that you really hate?
I can’t really think of anything needing improvement. Maybe a curve tool that doesn’t need you to connect back to point you started with in order for the line to be filled. There isn’t anything I hate about Krita C:

In your opinion, what sets Krita apart from the other tools that you use?
I guess it would be the brush variety.

If you had to pick one favourite of all your work done in Krita so far, what would it be?
I barely did much pieces with Krita, but I gess it would be my most recent one Sheep’s Pan Flute

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What is it that you like about it? What brushes did you use in it?
I like how I did the sky, grass, and the sheep itself. Sure it’s not perfect, but I like painting messy. I used the default brush to sketch and ink and I used the “Block_Paint” brush for everything else, as well as using the “Basic_Airbrush” tool for the highlighting glow.

You can see her DeviantArt here. Thank you so much Nayobe and thanks for trust in Krita 🙂

Krita Webshop! New designs

The wait is finally over! We are here with a new set of merchandise designs which features artworks contributed by some of our own artists. With the three new designs now available on several merchandise options, the products are up for grab!
Go and visit us here and we’d like to here your reviews about what more you’d like to see there, how you find the products and what you’re ordering! Yes, we’d like to know it all! 😉
Tell us via comments on zazzle!

Browse other gifts from Zazzle.

The artwork used in the newly launched products are by  Yuri Fidelis (“Unfinished”), Philip Koops (“Krita Bear”) and Namito (“Cranes”). The samples in their order –

 

Krita talks at Akademy!

The past week our artists Timothée Giet and Ramón Miranda were in Akademy to show off the best of Krita.

As you know, Timothée received an Akdemy Award! Here you can see the video of the awards ceremony! And there is also the video recoding of Timothée’s presentation! Check out his Akademy report, too.

Ramón Miranda has sent us the PDF of his slides: Krita Training Volume 2: Muses for you to enjoy!

Interview with Ramón Miranda, author Of Muses DVD

Today we have for you an interview with Ramon Miranda, who is developing our second training DVD: Muses. He is also working with David Revoy and Timothée Giet on a new presets package. Enjoy the interview!

1. Do you paint professionally or as a hobby?
I paint professionally

2. When and how did you end up trying digital painting for the first time?
I met the world of digital painting trough my sister. She got my parents to buy a pc. The first program I used was MS Paint of course. Later, a friend of my sister showed me Deluxe Paint. Still later, because I got involved in the demo scene, I got to know more applications. My first experience was a disaster because I couldn’t have the same creative possibilities that traditional painting offers, so it was frustrating! But I overcame the challenge.

3. What is it that makes you choose digital over the traditional painting? or Do you still prefer traditional means, if so, why?
That’s something that makes passions run high! 😉 i haven’t discarded traditional painting. I love painting with oils or make portraits in pastels. Recently I have returned to coloured pencils and markers for making speed studies.

4. How did you first find out about Open Source Communities? What is your opinion about them?
I got there through sheer stubbornness. I discovered a different way of doing the things, free apps that in Windows didn’t work all that well. So, with the help of a friend and people on IRC, we started with the installation of Ubuntu to test the performance of Gimp in its native habitat. Dual boot and ready for the adventure!
There are things that I like and things I don’t… People are very helpful in these communities, so you don’t have to fear anything. But it’s something that requires time, sometimes a lot if the problem is bigger and this can discourage some people.
With the time I have gained in patience and in how manage my contributions, something essential if you want to contribute in bigger projects. You can’t expect that all the things you wish for will be implemented RIGHT NOW! But I think that is beneficial to other sides of work.

5. You contribute in an active way with Krita. Have you contributed in another FOSS project?
I contributed to GIMP through the GIMP Paint Studio project. That was a project where I  collaborated with different artists, creating a set of resources that improve GIMP for painters. But in the end I decided to leave GPS and support Krita directly. Focus on the resources is something important too. I have collaborated with GIMP making the presets set and default brushes for 2.8.
And I have created brushes and tutorials for Mypaint, too. Video and PDF tutorials.

6. How did you find Krita?
I think that it was through David Revoy, I decided to pay more attention following his steps.

7.How was your first experience?
I didn’t like the slowness and instability. Really, it was hard to convince me that Krita could be useful for me. But when I saw programmer-user relation, I stayed involved. Then I saw the usability of the GPS resources in Krita and the possibility to adapt the presets in Krita, and I started to use it more and more. When I saw the expansion possibility of Brush engines, the good performance, and future plans I decided to support the project in the best way I know, painting pictures that show all the features that Krita has.

8. What do you love about Krita?
The color pickers on canvas, brush editor (because is very easy to use), the painting assistants like perspective grids, the ease of drawing geometrical figures, symmetrical painting…

9. What do you think needs improvements in Krita? Also, anything that you really hate?
I think that the system of presets management needs improvement! It should be possible to order the presets inside the palette and I want to select multiple presets at the same time and apply tags.
Better performance for largers images and brushes. I mean.. Using a 1500px diameter brush and possibility of painting 10.000px without lag would be awesome. Also, the control of aspect ratio through entry sensors.
I don’t hate anything but it bothers me to have to open a new Krita window for each image. I miss a image browser or multiple views on the same image — this is something that comes of my times of using GIMP

10. In your opinion, What sets Krita apart of the other tools that you use?
Krita is different regarding view, use-case, and the relation between developers and users. Krita is a project with users that know what they want or what can expect of a graphic app, you can see it in all the works that are in the forum. But art is very personal so we can go in personal reviews. 😀

11. If you had to pick one favourite of all your work done with Krita so far, what would it be?
i see you want me to stick out my neck, so here it goes: The Birth of Nanths.

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12. What is it that you like about it? What brushes did you use in it?
The color, idea and the use of new techniques for overcome technical problems, i learnt a lot with this image.
I used personalized presets that are in the set of the DVD: “muses 04_02 Oil Brush small” for all the rocks of the background and also the texture like “muses 06_03 Txture 03 marble”. A lot of airbrush for the atmosphere and the  “muses 07_04 Texture 10 Smoke” for the smoke coming out of the spacecraft. “muses 03_04 Beamlight” for all the lights and the bloom effect of the Nanths. The water was a special case where I used blender effect brush with “muses 05_01 Blender brush”

13. What encouraged you to develop Muses project?
Clearly, the program. It was very mature to make and offer a quality product. I was seeing all the possibilities and then I asked myself, do the rest of the world know about all that?

14. Do you think in a future project for Krita?
I’m very interested in the promotion of Krita. At least that more people give it a try so they can develop an opinion.

15. How is being your experience with the creation of Muses DVD?
Is like being born again… I am discovering lots of new features and possibilities of the program and finding ideas that I couldn’t find in other way. For example in the icons of the presets, in the choice of brushes or in the painting itself). It’s being a hard experience, it isn’t easy making a DVD! ButI think that it is a positive experience. I give the best of me when I’m in confronted by a challenge and this is a challenge on a large scale!
Muses will show off Krita’s quality and it’ll be a joy to watch. You’ll learn about a lot of details that make Krita a unique software. I hope that will be the start of a series of products that willmake Krita a solid alternative for a lot of artists.

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Don’t forget to make the pre-order of the DVD. Thanks to Ramon and have a nice day!

2013 Akademy Award for Timothée Giet!

Timothée Giet has received  the 2013 Jury’s Akademy Award for  “Shaping the future and community of Krita”. The other Akademy award recipients were Eike Hein for Best Application with Konversatiion, Vishesh Handa for Nepomuk and Kenny Duffus for all his work on Akademy.
A great opportunity to ask Thimothée some questions!

Hi Timothée, How is your experience at Akademy?
Very nice! It is my first Akademy participation. My Krita demo on Sunday morning went very well, a quite good attendance level for such early talk after the Akademy party organised the previous night. People seemed to enjoy it a lot! Then I’m happy I could finally meet in person many people from KDE community I only knew from internet before.

How did you get involved in the community?
I started getting involved in KDE community when, three years ago, I started using Krita with the goal to make comics with it. I spent a lot of time learning what was there, what worked and what had to be fixed, developing some workflow with the features already there. The Krita developer team was already very welcoming and friendly, and I quickly found my place there to help things progress.

How did the community evolve since you are in it?
When I started, very few people were using Krita occasionally, but somehow no one used it in really serious graphics project. Then, after some time working on it, those others early adopters could start switching more and more to Krita for serious work. Now, the community is growing really fast, and we see new talented users every week, if not every day.

Where you surprised for the award?
Yes, it was a big a surprise for me, I didn’t expect it at all! I feel very lucky to have received such honour for my first time at Akademy.

Well, you are very involved in our community and not everyone goes to Akademy to talk about Krita, so tell us, where do you see Krita in the future?
If things keep going as they do, I see a very shiny future for Krita, with more artists adopting it and spreading the word. I guess we’ll also start to see more and more big studios using it in production, for several different tasks, and also animation studios if the animation plugin project is successful

Thanks so much Timothée and congrats!

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Beautiful Speedpaint by Ksenia

We have the pleasure to show to you today a new artwork done with Krita!

Here is a beautiful speedpaint done by Ksenia and some questions to know how is her experience with our program!

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When and how did you end up trying digital painting for the first time?
Several years ago I tried to draw manga digitally. But I started using computer as a painting medium less than a year ago.

How did you find out about Krita?
Though Ramon Miranda’s and Deevad’s blogs.

What was your first take on it?
At first I didn’t like it, because it was slow. But later I bought a better computer, Krita itself has improved and now I find it very pleasant to use it.

What do you love about Krita?
I love its awesome powers, all filters, brush engine, vector layers. I also like the shortcuts that help you work really fast. And I like the auto-safe feature so that I never loose my work even if I forget to safe.

What do you think needs improvement in Krita?
First of all it needs more people to know about it and to use it, because Krita is really awesome.

Watch all the details in the video!

Thanks to Ksenya, enjoy it!

Muses DVD: Making Progress!

We got in touch with Ramon Miranda, the artist who is working on the Krita “Muses” training DVD. He is making lots of progress now! Here is what he told us:

“Making a DVD involves a lot of work, I’m learning a lot in this process and I hope that you will like all the final result. The project is going forward  and I’m all the time finding new ways to make awesome art with Krita!

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“You all know that I’m a bit “freak” of the “fine arts” style, so I try to emulate it in digital painting. So I thought, let’s change this classical way and create new things!”

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“I’m still developing and improving the DVD but I want to show you some tests and stuff! Did you already pre-ordered your copy? Lets give support and love to Krita! :)”

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Thanks Ramon! We are waiting with bated breath for the DVD, too!

You can pre-order the DVD now from the Krita Foundation. If you do not wish to use paypal, contact foundation@krita.org for alternative payment methods. Pre-ordering the DVD will help support Krita development! Currently, Dmitry Kazakov is being sponsored by the Krita Foundation to work on improving our painting algorithms and much more. The contents of the DVD will also be released as Creative Commons.

The pre-order price is just €27.50, including shipping. The DVD is expected to be ready in September.

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!

Muses (delayed)

Hi to all!

As we announced in the tittle, Muses project will be delayed until September. But there is one good new for those who has done the pre-order.

The people who has done the pre-order will have a compensation: A signed drawing in B/W in pencil (A4), private tutoring during the delay time via email (you can ask questions, doubts, and advices from Ramon Miranda of how improve your artworks) and the last, is a personal interview with him.

Here is the video where he explains it, you can see the screenshots of the project starting from minute 3.05.

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