Krita digital-painting courses at University Cergy-Pontoise

This week, I traveled to Paris to teach courses of digital-painting with the open-source software Krita at the University Cergy-Pontoise. The course was organised by Nicolas Priniotakis. Since years, Nicolas already taught his courses at university with open-sources software, mainly courses of 3D with Blender. But it was the first time Krita was introduced into his department. So, Krita has a good future in education ? Oh yes, I believe so!

All in all the experience was very positive; I met two very attentive classroom of students who never ran Krita before. After a couple of hours, every one was able to paint, draw and focus on the work itself more than on the tool. Of course, Krita 3.2.1 ran like a charm on the classroom powered with workstation running the libre GNU/Linux operating system Manjaro with the KDE plasma5 desktop (we even could install via AUR the kcm-wacomtablet-frameworks-git package to configure the tablet with an interface). In the other class, equipped only with Apple Mac Osx hardware and system, Krita was a little bit more fragile and exposed to display bugs; but nothing too dramatic and everyone could get the work done.

Here is a commented gallery about this very good week:

Header artwork: a photo montage of:
(top) photos of the University
(bottom) the classroom of students who received 16h of digital-painting lessons (I'm in the center)

Result of one demo in class and an exercise: A fresco of Saint-Sernin.
The original document ( a photo of the fresco) is on left, and the paint-over to perform a digital renovation on right.
This exercise was created for one of my classroom, specialized in scientific communication (archaeology, robotics, biology, astronomy, physics, etc.).
With this type of workflow, they can fix 2D textures when they'll do 3D digital renovation (eg. of ancient buildings). 

Result of one demo in class and an exercise: a lesson about quick character design with the symmetry tool.
This exercise was created for the second classroom where students have a stronger focus on digital-art, creation and drawing.

Development of a posed character: (A) initial rough with silhouette and (B/C) draw over .

Speed-painting and presentation of our character design in a dynamic pose.
We also made a similar exercise for landscape design, perspective, grey-scale values and composition.

Me (left) and Nicolas Priniotakis (right)

Thanks again to all the students and teachers for the warm welcome!
I'll keep teaching Krita between episodes of Pepper&Carrot for sure  :-) 




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That is awesome! I hope Krita became a popular software at universities soon.

All the best.



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Thank you very much ! Your courses were very clear and I learned a lot about Krita.

Good luck for the future.



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I enjoyed to learn about krita and your own art creation process.
Many tips to progress and produce better and professionnal illustrations.
Can't wait to see the next episode of Pepper&Carrot.

All the best.


  Johnny D. Wicked

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Awesome that schools are teaching Krita! :D
I sometimes think you look a bit like Simon Cowell but a heavy French accent in the picture. xD


  Maxime Cortiana

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That was a very good experience and I learned a lot with your tips. I didn't believe I could draw this way. I'm excited to see the rest of Pepper&Carrot.

Thanks for all.



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OMG! This is SO awesome!! wish all the Art Universities all over the world teach with Krita! And David Revoy does world tour ! =D


  Giles Bateman

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wow simply amazing i cant wait to see krita on the front page of all news out lets in good local stores mondays blessings giles bateman retweet


  Beto Galvez

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David does it all; art, gnu/linux, teaching and the list goes on. Greetings from Los Angeles California U.S!


  Victor Cavalcanti

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It's great to see Krita getting more attention on universities <3 I hope I can do something like this in the near future at the university I graduated from!

And I definitively would love to attend to one of your classes someday (but I guess it's easier for me to try going to Europe than having you come all the way to Brazil haha) :D



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I love to se universities getting interested in krita!!!
I'd love to see Krita in universities in my country soon


  peter scheunemann

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Could you make a mooc out of this course?
Would be great !
Thank you


  David REVOY

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Hi Peter,
It's a question of budget; It's really hard to find a full week to record and speak during three days and then spend a last part of the week doing the video editing and post it online. I need to get more financial support on my webcomic to get enough budget to produce this type of extras...

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