I paint professionally for my cartoons and if I had no work I’d keep painting as a hobby or study.
I’ve been working with graphic software since 2002 for graphic design but I started to make digital painting for my artwork and cartoons in 2005. Most of it was vector art.
Actually a lot of things make me do that: ctrl+z, layers, brushes, selections, high detail, zooming, masks, filters, and anything that I can’t get with traditional ways.
Yes, I still have my sketch book and digital software is only for painting and finishing my sketches. I still paint with traditional mediums as well: it gives a value to the art work that I can’t get with printed art.
Back in 2005 I was working with some guys on character design and a comics workshop. They weren’t able to pay for proprietary software, so they told me about open source software. It was inkscape we worked with it, that we did all our work with it. That was amazing, because there was no big difference between it and proprietary software. Since then I started to search and play with open source on all platforms. I tried all kinds of software: Blender, Gimp, Alchemy, Mypaint, Inkscape, Synfig, and anything that I can get my hands on.
No, I haven’t – you’re the first that I collaborate with and I’m so happy.
I’ve become a big fan of open source graphics software so I look for it everywhere.
I tried Krita, a very old version, and I found no difference between it and Gimp so I stayed with Gimp, but since the last upgrades I love Krita and its new tools.
The brushes are amazing – the mirror tools are the main reason that i can’t stop playing with Krita.
Layers, selection, tool bar, those are the things where I a see a need to improve or re-organise. The only thing that I hate is when it crashes.
I did a project called ‘Alien Portrait Sketches’ with Krita mirror. That’s the closest to my heart.
What I like is that I keep playing with the brush in the symmetrical mode until I see something that I like and I start to follow the lines and forms. That saves a lot of time. I also use block-paint and effect brushes all the time.