Published 27th May, 2019
I am a happily married cat mom living in the states, more specifically the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I have played Dungeons and Dragons and other TTRPGs for over a decade and maintain a weekly play schedule to see this day; tabletop games are my passion!
I would say both, though more a hobby than professional. I currently lend my talents to Worldbuilding Magazine, an online and community driven magazine whose mission really resonated with me! I stay working within the realm of fantasy, especially dark or horror fantasy.
My longtime role model has been Donato Giancola, ever since I saw his work in my teens on the cover of the Lord of the Rings trilogy book I’d been reading at the time. I also greatly admire Karla Ortiz for her strength of will and personality – she inspires me all the time to treat others with respect and work my butt off!
I was in a junior high photography class in which we were able to use old model Wacom tablets for our work. Of course I started drawing with it instead and my professor loved what I did so much he GAVE me his own tablet so I could continue practicing at home. I had that Wacom until I started college years after and upgraded to an Intuos.
I really don’t like messes!! I feel silly about it but it’s true.
It was about three years ago when my main computer quit on me, and I didn’t have the cash to buy the updated Windows 10 OS for my new hard drive. I opted for trying Linux Mint, and tested Krita as my Photoshop replacement. Love at first sight! I currently run Manjaro KDE and it continues to be my only painting software (even on my Microsoft surface).
It was a very familiar interface coming from Photoshop. I enjoyed the intuitive UI and the ease of adjusting it to my specifications.
I love the way it looks, I LOVE the brush engine and how much control you have over your brush settings. Also the reference tool??? The best thing I’ve ever seen and I use it constantly.
I’d like a more user friendly text tool but I know that’s in the works and gets improved upon often.
Not being able to move my selection outlines across the canvas to use the same shape on another area.
It’s open source! I donate often but imagine a digital artist just starting out? I know I couldn’t have afforded Photoshop without my student discount at the time. I also really love the brush engine.
I think it would have to be my piece “Dana” because it was the first painting I’d finished in a long time, and it was the first time I felt like I finally understood what I was doing! The lighting came together well, and I actually found myself really loving doing the leather texture on her clothes.
I tried to use a minimal amount of brushes, mostly using the round brush set to pen pressure opacity and a custom brush that is the same but with a little texture. This piece I specifically strove to paint in the textures, yes even the leather on her gauntlets and padded armor.
I have a website at annahannon.com and I also post sometimes on Twitter: @jedejane
I have been using Krita as my primary replacement for Photoshop. It has been a rare thing for me to ‘wish for Photoshop’. The brushes work great, even on my huge canvas sizes. I really enjoy this software and spread the word everywhere I go. I think the collaborators on this project are doing fantastic work for the community and I support them fully.
Thank you for taking this time to interview me! Love yourself and others, and take care.