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.


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.


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!


Interview with CĂ©sar Tellez!

Here we are again with more interviews for you! This time we have for you a conversation with CĂ©sar 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 CĂ©sar,
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


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!


2013 Akademy Award for TimothĂ©e Giet!

TimothĂ©e 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!


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.

Intro Screen _intro

Menu DVD

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)


– 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:

oliver_twist_by_tago73-d3nqfov(Please, press on it to see all the details)

– 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!