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17 Lessons (1h 14m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Quickstart (for Krita 4.0)

    • 3. Note: Krita Updates to version 4.0

    • 4. Brushes (for Krita 3.3)

    • 5. Brushes (for Krita 4.0)

    • 6. Example: Wood

    • 7. Customizing the User Interface

    • 8. Layers

    • 9. Basic Tools

    • 10. Example: Face

    • 11. 4 Tips to Improve Your Workflow

    • 12. Exercise: Cactus

    • 13. Example: Cloud

    • 14. Exercise: Wood

    • 15. Appendix: 8 tips drawing steady strokes

    • 16. Appendix: 6 tips to stay motivated

    • 17. Appendix: How to import the old brushes

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Project Description

First start following the video's and exercises at your own pace, and complete the examples and exercises as you go along. 

The project is divided into 3 phases. I recommend you start each phase according to the schedule below. If you prefer to watch all the video's and complete the exercises first, and then start working on the project that's also fine. It's up to you!

Stage 1: Concept sketch

I recommend you start with the concept sketch after completing the first wood example.

  • Brainstorm about what you would like to draw. Keep it simple for now. Examples:
    • A face
    • A tree
    • A super hero
    • An animal like a cat, dog elephant etc...
    • A simple pose in mid-action e.g. sports
  • Do some online research to get a rough idea of what to draw
  • Make a very rough sketch of what you will draw
    • Use any brush you feel comfortable with
    • Best use a simple brush without too much pressure-sensitivity e.g. a simple pencil

Stage 2: Basic shapes and coloring

I recommend you start with this stage after you complete the face example.

  • Basic shapes
    • Look at your rough sketch and identify the basic shapes
    • Add a new layer and draw in the shapes using the basic tools in krita
    • No need to stick very closely to the original rough sketch, the project will evolve as you progress
  • Coloring
    • Add another layer on top and fill the shapes in in the appropriate color.
    • Just pick a color scheme you like for now. No need to go into detail or start shading yet.

Stage 3: Linework, shading and details

Now that you have the basic shapes and colors set you can start work on refining your drawing and add in details. I recommend you start with this stage after you complete the remaining exercises and examples.

  • Linework
    • Add a new layer and name it 'line work'
    • Pick a pressure sensitive brush you feel comfortable with and draw in the lines
    • This is a good opportunity to practice using the pressure sensitivity to draw lines with varying width (this can be quite tricky!)
  • Shading
    • At this stage it can be useful to hide all the layers except for the 'line work' layer
    • Add a new layer below the layer named 'line work'
    • Redo the basic coloring
    • Add some dark patches for the shading and some light patches for the highlights
  • Details
    • Evaluate what you have drawn so far and pick where to add details
    • It's useful to add new layers for the details too
    • Add line work and/or shading and highlights where appropriate

Upload each stage of your project.If you like, why not upload the results of the examples and exercises. Here is an example of each stage of the project.


Good luck and have fun.

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