Let's paint !
Note : I let you the care to save your document often during the process as on the part 1 and 2. By the way, do you know you can save your picture to the Open raster format (*.ora ) too and keep your layers and blending modes ? Open raster is slower to save, but offer a good advantage over the Krita document *.kra : you can open *.ora with Gimp or Mypaint ; if you need to edit your picture later in this software.
1. Open your artwork done on the second part. Set your zoom to 50% and center the artwork into your viewport. Don't forget to activate the mirror mode in the top toolbar as usual.
2. Flatten all your layers ( Ctrl+Shift+E ) , name the result 'base' . Then duplicate the layer above and name it 'paint'.
3. We want now to upscale our artwork to the double ( 200% ), to get more room to include details. Go to the menu Image > Scale to new size (1) . Change the method for width to Percent (2) insert 200% . The lower number 'Height' should follow proportionnaly. For the interpolation , choose 'Lanczos3' , then press Ok . Let Krita compute...
4. The artwork should be now really appear bigger in the viewport ; exactly the double. Keep the 50% viewport . The artwork will now use more disk space and resource, but we need this resolution to increase the details and be able to publish it. If you want to navigate your canvas ; hold Spacebar and drag with mouse.
5. Now a little part to setup a cool feature of Krita : click on the button 'Save to Palette' on the top toolbar (1). It will open the 'Palette Manager' dialog. Click on a preset of your choice on the left part (2) then press 'Add to palette' (3). The preset will appear on the right parts (4). Repeat it and choose 10 presets this way ; All the airbrushes , and all the 'Frottis' family ; also a smudger and a soft eraser can be usefull. When you finished, close the dialog (5).
6. Now, time to meet the cool features of Krita part of the 'on canvas' tools ( a series of dialog opening directly over the canvas ). First, Press Tab to hide all the docker around, and breath a bit with now a large view port, a feedback top-right notification will notice you you switched in canvas mode (1) Press tab again at any moment to exit this mode. A right-click on the canvas will pop-up the 'Palette' (2) Right click is often mapped to be your second button on the stylus by default. It's a easy and convenient shortcut. You'll find on the palette the 10 preset you setup on your Palette manager, then a circle of blocks for your color history , then at the middle a color selector. Other tool can be found on canvas. The history color pop-up with 'H' key (3) show a color history palette. The color selector with Shift+i (4) can offer more comfort ( because more room, size is bigger than in the right-click palette ) to switch color.
7. If you are not comfortable with using Shift+i ( I'll understand ) go to Settings > Configure shortcut (1) and in the search field enter the keyword 'show' (2) then in 'show color selector' enter the custom shortcut 'C' ( reasign if necessary ) , press OK to accept (4).
8. Now, you can start a long painting session with all this tools , fullscreen. Here I'll spend around 4 hours on detailing. Paint to sharpen the edges, smooth the surfaces and bring a whole new level of details and easy to understand volumes for the spectator on your 'paint' layer. Use the Frottis brush family : the 3 brushes has blending mode 'normal' / 'addition' / 'glazing' and so can work directly on your 'paint' layer. It's a long step , reviewing zone by zone to adjust or correct and to increase the details. As most of the colors are around , use only the Ctrl+Click color pick on canvas to pick your needed color. Zoom out from time to time to see the overall and turn off and on the visibility of your details layer, to see if you are not destroying the zone instead of making it looking better. In case of accident, you can still remove the details with a soft eraser. That's why I keep two layers, because working on a zone doesn't always result as an improvement, and I have to keep a security to go back at a earlier step ; but on local part of my artwork. The detailing step is the longest of all the process ; but one of the most relaxing with music, headphone, or radio. Those with a dual monitor setup also like to let TV in background, or documentary to hear the sound track ; and watch it from time to time :-)
9. While detailing, I changed the eyes expression a bit ; to test, but I didn't liked it, I also found the whole shading of the face a bit flat, and decided to continue to work on influencing it zone by zone, and rework the volumes. I also tested glossy hairs, then erased half the effect to make it more subtle, because it was definitely too artificial. Details is really a part of test and corrections, to improve the artwork. You can even dive to zoom 100% to solve little light as a reflect in the eyes. Here I use a airbrush with low size to add subtle lines. Also, keep constantly an eye on the overall by zooming out from time to time. Each zoom view should look good from 25% to 100% ( Note : Next version of Krita, actually in development will include an 'overview' docker to keep an eye on your artwork )
10. When you'll start to really give some credibility to the lighting and volumes, you may start to feel a certain discomfort in front of the piece. That's because of a too symmetric drawing. It's too artificial. Time to start to break it ...
11. To break symmetry , easy enough , just inactivate the mirror icons and fixe the eyes ; for making the two eyeballs react to the same reflection of a light source, and paint subtle change here and there. Then also sign your artwork. You can now save your final result in a lossless format such as *.png and flatten the picture if you want.
Note: [Jpeg/internet export] If you want to share your result on internet ; scale down your image with Image > Scale to new size and turn the width to a lower resolution ; for example 720px. Press ok and export as JPG with a quality a bit above 9/10. Then upload your image on a image host. For example, a website as tinypic or imageshack or imgur ; they 'll give you back a link. Why not post your image on the Krita forum art gallery now ? :-) http://forum.kde.org/viewforum.php?f=276
This third and last part of this tutorial end here...
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All along those 3 past weeks and tutorials I shared with you a path and some of my 'cooking receipt' to make picture.
Feel free to experiment around and develop your own ; -there is endless way to make a picture- . I hope this tutorial was a good way to "get started" and make you discover some of the feature of Krita you needed to start to draw and paint with comfort. Keep painting !
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