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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Interview with César Tellez!

Here we are again with more interviews for you! This time we have for you a conversation with César Tellez, he is Mexican and he has been a member of our artist community for a long time and now he has collaborated with us! His artwork will appear in the new coming products of our shop. Thanks to him and enjoy the interview!

Hi César,
Do you paint professionally or as a hobby artist?

Together with some friends, we have just started making digital art professionally. And we’ve been doing comics as a hobby.

When did you start with digital painting?
About 4 years ago, when I started to be a regular user of Kubuntu. In those days I bought my first graphic tablet and I started to search for tools for working with digital art in Linux based systems.

How was your first take on it?
Well, I was used to use the programs of that famous company that makes proprietary graphics software. My first attempt was with GIMP, and getting used to it wasn’t hard. Maybe it was a little irritating to work with all the separate windows, but bit by bit I got used to ti.  Eventually I discovered MyPaint, and that was a lot easier for me in a lot of ways.

Would you prefer digital painting or traditional?
I still prefer traditional painting and if the modern publishing industry would make it possible, I would exclusively work in the traditional way. But  it is more practical,  more productive to paint digitally. Anyway,  you can obtain the same effects with both methods, so it will always depend on the circumstances of each job and on the artist in particular.

How did you get in Open Source Communities?
It was almost at the same time that I started to use free software all the time, as immediately I started to find compatibility problems, system collapses and all those lovely issues. So I understood the need to be in contact with other users via forums and blogs almost immediately.

What do you think about Open Source communities?
There are all kinds of members, as it occurs in all the communities on line, but i have always been fortunate to find very kind and cooperative people.

Did you contribute to any FOSS project?
No, this will be the first time and I do it with pleasure

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How did you find Krita?
At the moment of experimenting with open source apps. I tried Krita since the version 1.6.3, which wasn’t usable for me, but even back then, it seemed a promising program.

How was your first take on it?
Well. 1.6.3 and 2.0 gave me huge headaches, for the slowness, crashes and the limited file format support. It was difficult, but when 2.3  was released it turned almost overnight into my favorite tool.

What is the thing you like the most about Krita?
In the first place, that is a very flexible program, its configurability makes it very convenient to adapt to the type of technique or result wanted. Then its variety of brushes is very useful, as is the fact that each painting engine has a lot of configuration options.
It is  also what I call a “direct” app: it has filters, selections and other features that are there and can be used for photo editing or general treatment of the image, but don’t disturb the work for drawing, they are there but don’t  impede the concentration when painting.

What do you think needs improvement in Krita?
Maybe its resource consumption, it’s the only thing that doesn’t allows the position of Krita in the most popular digital art apps, apart there is that limitations of using a based in Linux system or the uncomfortable thing of a dual-boot

Something you hate?
Not really, except for the sudden closures of the app, but this occurs almost only in the test versions.

In your opinion, what sets Krita apart from the other tools that you use?
Together with MyPaint, it comes closest to painting on a normal sheet of paper, it’s very comfortable with regard to its painting tools, but there are also these little options that you can find in photo editing programs that sometimes you need for working.

What brushes did you use?
I did the sketch in a paper sheet and then scanned it. The coloring process was done with pixel brushes with the maximum opacity, to make easier the application of color (task that regularly I start for solid colors with the fill tool). For the lights and shadows i used the blur brush, sometimes with textures, that, i have to say, that is a very interesting tool that Krita offers.

Thank you so much for this interview César, has been a pleasure 🙂

Hope you all enjoyed it!

 

In conversation with Elena

Hello readers, today we are sharing a short interview with Elena, from Italy, who is a Computer Engineer by profession and a painter by hobby. She is learning anatomy at present and she is loaded with an amazing spirit to learn more. She is also collaborating with us for the Krita Shop on zazzle. Click on “read more” to read the entire conversation with this amazing budding artist!

Hi Elena, Would you like to tell us something about yourself?
I’m not very good at painting, I’m learning anatomy but I prefer to publish only simple things since half good/half bad anatomy falls easily in the uncanny valley ^^’
That sounds great. We look forward to you sharing those works!

Now, how would you define the importance of painting in your daily life?
Painting is a big part of my life but is only a hobby, a “serious” hobby in the last 2 years.

When and how did you end up trying digital painting for the first time?
I was a preschooler and my father was kind enough to let me use his computer, a commodore 64 if I remember correctly.

What is it that makes you choose digital over traditional painting?
It’s cheaper and less time consuming.

Short yet very precise! So, how did you first find out about open source communities? What is your opinion about them?
During the first year of university we used FreeBSD, the next year I began to use Ubuntu and frequent the Italian forum. My opinion about them is generally positive.

Have you worked for any FOSS project or contributed in some way?
I only did this brush set for MyPaint. http://browse.deviantart.com/art/Brushes-for-mypaint-281981370

How did you find out about Krita?
I watched this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyLPZDVdQiQ .

What was your first take on it?
After buying a new graphic tablet I decided to try it, unfortunately working with Krita was too much for my old laptop.

 What do you love about Krita?
It’s the right tool for what I want to do; the interface is functional and not distracting.

What do you think needs improvement in Krita? Also, anything that you hate?
Hate is such a strong word… Sometimes it’s slow with big images and/or big brushes.

In your opinion, what sets Krita apart from the other tools that you use?
I mainly use Mypaint, I spend a big portion of my free time doodling with the pencil brushes but when I have a specific idea I prefer Krita; I make a lot of errors, making corrections in Krita is faster and for a final touch I love the color smudge brush with the smearing option. *_* I have never seen something similar in others open source programs.

If you had to pick one favorite of all your work done in Krita so far, what would it be? What brushes did you use?           
OK, I said “hate is a strong word” but I hate all of my works. XD I still don’t have the technical skills to draw exactly what I want. Maybe I don’t know what I really want to draw, maybe I shall always been unsatisfied. And that’s good. 🙂 I want to improve myself and be a better artist.
I don’t have a favorite, above is the last work done with Krita. I used a lot of brushes for this, I still can’t choose what is better for my paintings.

I appreciate your spirit Elena!
It was a pleasure interviewing you. Hope you enjoyed this talk as much as I did! 🙂

Thank you for this opportunity, and for your work. Even if art is only a hobby for me, after a day of working, it makes me happy to take some time and draw; some days a pencil is enough, sometimes I need something more. So… Thank you, again. 🙂

Pleasure is all ours. Hope Krita continues to be your friend while learning and later. 🙂

You can check out more of her artworks on deviant here.

Meet Coyau!

Today we have for you an interview with Coyau, who is the artist who has collaborated with us with the funny artwork of the mouse, thanks to him! Enjoy the interview!

Hi Coyau, Do you paint professionally or as a hobby artist?
I paint mostly as a hobby artist, but I sometimes have to produce drawings or paintings professionally.

When and how did you end up trying digital painting for the first time?
I spend a few years doing traditional painting. And I tried digital painting, and I realized that I didn’t have to wash my brushes and would not lose my pencils or my eraser any more, and I bought a small wacom tablet (more or less 10 years ago).

 

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What is it that makes you choose digital over the traditional painting? or Do you still prefer traditional means, if so, why?
Each technique has its advantages. History and layers make digital painting easy to erase, and that’s good if you want to try different things (it sometimes is difficult to stop trying and actually doing). Zooming is nice too (and dangerous at the same time). And I don’t lose my eraser any more. Traditional painting is more direct, you see what you get, you feel what you do (the pencil on the paper…), there is a sense of timing that I like (the time for watercolor to dry, or not completely, or not at all…). And there is no damn settings.–Nice comment–.

How did you first find out about open source communities? What is your opinion about them?
I discovered open source through Wikipedia when I started contributing in 2005. I guess open source is nice when you can to code, other than that, well… I still would have to pay someone to do my coding if I wanted something done (I’ve tried asking nicely, it doesn’t always work). And often, FOSS are done by developers with smart algorithms and a lot of goodwill, but no idea of what is using the software when you need a result and you don’t have time to spend understanding what every setting means.
It’s great, though, to have free software, without having to pay a licence or to crack anything.

Have you worked for any FOSS project or contributed in some way?
I use some, but I don’t code, I don’t understand software enough to do a bug report… I sometimes talk about it to people.

How did you find out about Krita?
I discovered Krita through David Revoy and his work on Tears of Steel for the Blender Foundation.

What was your first take on it?
I got lost in the brushes settings.

What do you love about Krita?
It is a painting software where there is more than just brushes. I like all the transformation tools, the rulers, etc., they make it easy to correct a drawing without erasing (I have been taught that erasing is bad).

What do you think needs improvement in Krita? Also, anything that you really hate?
I don’t know, really. I could say that it needs hierarchy: few presets (like brushes) easy to find/use and to use and all the fine settings if you need them or if you want to refine your use of it.

In your opinion, what sets Krita apart from the other tools that you use?
The transformation tools, and the grids are really cool on one hand and on the other, the complexity of all the brush settings and the huge number of blend modes I will likely never use.

If you had to pick one favorite of all your work done in Krita so far, what would it be?
I’ve uploaded to DeviantART my favorites (what I didn’t delete so far – I delete a lot).

What is it that you like about the mouse? What brushes did you use in it?
I’ve tried to do what I did on paper: kraft paper, “pencil_HB” (which works well), “Pencil_2B” (that looks more like black chalk), a little watercolor and white gouache for the highlights (unfortunately, I can’t find the watercolor tool, so I’ve used white “pencil_HB” instead – go figure).
Maybe I should try brush kits…

Thanks Coyau for this interview! Here you can see more of his art 🙂

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 🙂

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!

Is Krita for you?

The answer is… YES!

This is the first of a serie of posts where we will show you , all the different artworks that you can create with Krita. For that we have talked with some artists and asked to them some questions for you!

The first artwork was created by Greg (France). It’s a colourful paint that appeals to the imagination. He painted this image for the second birthday of his niece! (Please, press for a high size of the image and you will appreciate all the details)

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– How did you discovered Krita?
I’ve been for quite a while interested in open source os and applications and decided a few years ago to have a dual boot with Kubuntu and discovered Krita while looking at painting apps on linux.

– What brushes did you use for this image?
I’ve used mainly Deevad brush set and a few custom brushes. Lots of overlay brushes for the glowing on the animals.

– What is your favourite feature of Krita?
I really love how speedy everything is. Image navigation, mirror flipping and brush engine is very responsive. Also the right click interface is very handy.

– Why would you recommend Krita?
I’d recommend it simply because it’s an absolutely awesome open source painting application full of amazing features. Fast and simple interface, optimized workflow.

– Why did you started with digital painting? Do you still painting on paper?
I’ve not painted that much traditionally. I was mostly sketching and drawing on paper but it’s only recently that I’ve started venture into the world of digital painting. The safety net of undo’s and layer makes it less scary than for a traditional painting.

You can see more of his artwork on his deviantart.

Our second artist  is Tago73, he is from Italy, and we have the pleasure of show you this artwork:

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– How did you discovered Krita?
I discovered Krita few years ago, when I switched from GNOME to KDE.

– What brushes did you use?
I used the default brush with different opacity, size and dispersion.

– What is your favourite feature of Krita?
I can’t choose one, I love all the features!

– Why would you recommend Krita?
Simply because is the best app for painting

– Why would you started on digital painting? Do you still painting on paper?For convenience, I painted in oil on canvas, but cleaning the tools at the end of the work was a torture… Few years ago (5-6), my daughter was born and the time for my passion has been halved, so I started in digital painting and now I only work on it.

You can see more of his artwork on his deviantart.

Hoping you enjoyed it!

How to… draw “The conquest” with Ghevan!

Hi to all!

Today we are going to show yo a timelapse by Ghevan of his draw “The conquest”.

The image takes about 3 hours of work, that you can see how was here:

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Here is for you a short interview of Ghevan!

-Apart from painting in Krita, do you contribute into some open-sources project ?

Yes, but more on the side of spreading the word. Inkscape, Photivo, Blender, LibreOffice, cmus. Aside from that, no, Krita is the only community I contribute actively at the moment. In the past I’ve approached Ubuntu Artists community and Inkscape forums. but I wasn’t very constant.

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

I’m trying to. Currently transitioning from Web Designer to Concept Artist, Illustrator and Visual Storyteller. As this is very recent, no work has emerged yet.

– What brushes did you use to do that image?

I mainly used Krita default brush presets, rounded brushes and for a quick texture the “Texture_paint_chalk” brush.

– How did you discovered Krita?

I discovered it twice. The first one was in 2007 while searching for painting apps in the buntu’s repositories, I believe it was Krita 1.6.2. The second time was after seeing David Revoy’s blog post about Krita’s challenge (http://www.davidrevoy.com/article114/kr … -very-soon), that made me very curious about the software again. So I’ve downloaded version 2.4 for Windows.

– What is your favourite feature of Krita?

There are many features I use from Krita but I definitively can’t live without the brush settings drop down dialog. All settings are laid out in a coherent way and because the dialog size does not vary because of window width, it makes finding and tweaking any option very fast and easy. Also because it incorporates a little painting area it is not necessary to close the dialog to test the new settings.

If you want to know more about him visit his blog and his deviant!

Thanks to Ghevan and have a nice weekend!