Published 11th December, 2017
I’m Rytelier, a digital artist. I’ve had an interest in creating art for a few years, I mainly want to visualize my original world.
Currently I do only personal work, but I will look for some freelance job in the future.
I work mainly in science fiction – I’m creating an original world. I like to try various things, from creatures to landscapes and architecture. There are so many things to design in this world.
It’s hard to point out certain artists, there are so many. Mainly I get inspired by fantasy art from the internet, I explore various websites to find interesting art.
I recommend looking at my favourites gallery, there are many works that inspire me.
It was years ago, I’ve got interested in the subject after I saw other people’s work. It was obviously confusing, how to place strokes, how to mix colors, and I had to get used to not looking at my hand when doing something on the tablet.
I like the freedom and flexibility that digital art gives. I can create a variety of textures, find colors more easily and fix mistakes.
I saw a news item about Krita on some website related to digital art and decided to try it.
I liked how many interesting brushes there were. As time went on I discovered more useful features. It was surprising to find out that some functions aren’t available in Photoshop.
It has many useful functions and very high user convenience. I love the brush editor – it’s clean and simple to understand, but powerful. The dynamics curve adjustment is useful, the size dependent brush with sunken curve allows me to paint fur and grass more easily.
Also different functional brush engines. Color smudge is nice for more traditional work, like mixing wet paint. Shape brush is like a lasso, but better because it shows the shape instantly, without having to use the fill tool. Filter brush is nice too, I mainly use it as sharpen and customizable burn/dodge. There are also ways to color line art quickly. For a free program that functionality is amazing — it would be amazing even for a paid program! I like this software much more than Photoshop.
The performance is the thing I most want to see improved for painting and filters. I’m happy to see multi-threaded brushes in the 4.0 version. Also I would like more dynamic preview on applying filters like the gradient map, where it updates instantly when moving the color on the color wheel. It annoys me that large brush files (brushes with big textures) don’t load, I
have to optimize my textures by reducing the size so the brush can load.
The amount of convenience is very high compared to other programs. The amount of “this one should be designed in a better way, it annoys me” things is the smallest of all the programs I use, and if something is broken, then most of these functions are announced to improve in 4.0.
It’s hard to pick a favourite. I think this, because I challenged myself in this picture and they are my original character, which I like a lot.
I use brushes that I’ve created myself from resources found on the internet and pictures scanned by myself. I like to use slightly different ways of painting in every artwork, still looking for techniques that suit me best. Generally I start from sketch, then paint splatter going all over the canvas, then adding blurry forms, then adding details. Starting from soft edges allows me to find good colors more easily.
I will open galleries in other sites in the future.
I hope that Krita will get more exposure and more people, including professionals, will use it and will donate to its development team instead of buying expensive digital art programs. Open source software is having a great time, more and more tools are being created that replace these expensive ones in various categories.