Published 9th December, 2014
I’m a digital painter, illustrator, concept artist and game developer, currently living in Dresden, Germany.
In January 2008 I started drawing and painting regularly. I went from fineliner drawings to vector art, pencil drawings, sculpting, papercuts, linocuts, fabric design, oil/acrylic paintings, fabric design, typography until I finally found my preferred medium. In 2010 my apprenticeship at a photographer agency ended and I started to work on my art full-time. The same year my husband and I also successfully crowdfunded the creative commons music album “paniq – Beyond Good and Evil”. I created the cover and booklet art and my husband composed the music. In May 2012 we founded our company “duangle” and started another crowdfunding campaign for our game in development “NOWHERE”, a hardcore alien life simulator.
Both, sporadically. I’m not comfortable with either label. Art happens. 🙂
I wanted to get more out of my monochromatic fineliner drawings. I scanned and vectorized these drawings with Inkscape and added some color with MyPaint. That’s how it started. Since 2013 I enjoy painting mostly digitally.
Almost no costs, more freedom.
No need for a studio to paint. No storage problems. Sharing new artworks is easier and you don’t have to scan the pictures first, which really pays off once the paintings get bigger. Nevertheless I hope that someday I will be able to afford to work with oils. I miss a messy working space with paint everywhere. Sadly we are living in a rented apartment and I can’t do what I want with it.
My husband is a musician and programmer. He licensed all his work under creative commons. I started to love open source projects, too. I’m very thankful that there are people who work, live for the community and people who support them.
We, duangle, are currently developing an open source game engine “Liminal” for no-static-assets procedural games, using C and LuaJIT:https://bitbucket.org/duangle/liminal_lua/src. My husband is doing the programming and I’m an alpha tester. 😉
A friend mentioned Krita in 2010, claiming that it was the best open source alternative to Photoshop. Had to try it and never stopped working with it. On a sidenode I’ve never worked with commercial art software before, but I’m not eager to either.
I had a pencil sketch in my sketchbook, scanned it and added some color. The result is on my deviantArt page – “Study No.80”: http://faith303.deviantart.com/art/study-no-80-361827667.
I love to work with a tool that is continuously improving. New features are always such a joy. They give you new ways to explore art. Krita is fun. I can’t put it into better words. Everyone should give it a try 🙂
The usual problem with software – I hate it when the program crashes and I forgot to save the current progress. Krita has an auto-save mode but it doesn’t always seem to work. A reminder to everyone: save more often! Then, sometimes I duplicate a layer and can’t move it to the place I want, so I have to delete the duplicated layer and try again. That’s all, I’m happy otherwise.
More features and possibilities.
Not an easy task. I’m the worst critic. One of my favorites is “Keeper of Secrets”.
I love wildcats. It was fun to paint the fluffy fur and the lynx eyes.
Can’t remember all the brushes, definitely the block and hard oval opacity detail brush. I try to experiment with all brushes, patterns, textures that can be used in Krita.
Sure! You can find it on my deviantArt page: http://faith303.deviantart.com/art/Keeper-of-Secrets-484685409.
If you want to see and know more about my art please visit the following links:
Animal Illustrations Calendar 2015: https://www.etsy.com/listing/203986448/animal-illustrations-by-sylvia-ritter
More information about our indie game “NOWHERE” on http://www.duangle.com/nowhere.