Published 25th April, 2022
My name is Jessica, but my art name is J2J-Art. I am a self-taught artist, I was born in 2004 in South Africa and I have only been creating art for 4 years now.
I draw both digitally and with graphite pencils on paper.
So far I am a hobby artist because I am still in school, so I only draw in my spare time, but one day I plan to sell my art on my own website.
I don’t think I have a fixed genre, but if I had to choose it would be a mix between fantasy art and semi-realism.
I don’t have many art role models, but I have been inspired by Rossdraws, Jessica Smith Art and Bowman Art.
I started digital art only 7 months ago, so I am still very much a beginner, but before that I only drew on paper. Now I digitally paint with an old laptop and a built in mouse – I don’t have a drawing tablet. At first I used Microsoft Paint, but that didn’t last long because it isn’t that great and it limited me.
I don’t paint traditionally, but I love to draw on paper with my graphite pencils. Both digital drawing and traditional drawing has their pros and cons, one of the advantages of digital art is the undo button and the liquify tool, which I use often.
Microsoft Paint was a real pain to use and I could barely draw anything because of the lack of functionality and tools, so I went on the internet and looked up free painting software and Krita was one of the first ones that popped up. It sounded really great to me and after doing more research I decided to give it a try.
At first it was a little overwhelming with all the tools and settings, but once I started to understand everything it became so much easier.
I love almost everything about Krita, it is amazing user friendly software with so many tools! Personally, I love the liquify tool and of course all the brushes. Krita is the best software for digital painting I have seen so far and it really lets you explore your creativity and pushes you past your comfort zone. The blending modes are fantastic and that combined with the HSV/HSL Adjustment really brings any drawing to life.
The text tool is a little hard to navigate and the lasso tool could be a bit smoother and less jagged. On top of that, personally, I battle with picking the right skin colours so maybe the developers could add a category under the help section in Krita were they give RGB codes of real skin colours to help beginners such as myself.
Sometimes if I have a file that’s too big Krita tends to crash a lot and lag.
Well, it’s a million times better than Microsoft Paint and it’s an amazing program. I have looked into paid drawing software in the past, but I couldn’t afford any of them and their reviews are not as great as the ones I have seen on Krita. Most of Krita’s reviews are very positive.
This is my favourite so far because this is when I started to establish my painting technique and when I started to understand colour theory better. After this piece my digital art improved quite a bit as well.
I used the _Ink-1_Precision to make the lineart and the _Airbrush_Soft, _Basic-5_Size and the _Basic-6_Details for the shading. For the hair I used the _Chalk_Grainy brush and for the subtle details on the face I used the _Texture_Spray brush.
They can check out my Facebook page via this link: https://www.facebook.com/J2J-Art-103096568981291. And my krita-artists account via this link: https://krita-artists.org/u/j2j-art/activity/portfolio
I would like to thank krita-artists.org for their support and warm welcome. I would also like to thank the developers/moderators who have spent countless hours to create this amazing drawing software. Krita has really helped me as an artist and not only has it opened doors for me concerning digital art, but it has also encouraged me to improve my traditional art as well. Thanks to Krita my art is looking much better and I will never look back! Krita has to be the best free drawing software out there and I strongly believe it could be the next Photoshop!