Krita 3.3

On macOS/OSX systems with and AMD gpu, support for hardware accelerated display is disabled because saving to PNG and JPG hangs Krita otherwise.

This image was taken from Krita’s homepage. For some reasons, “Canvas Graphics Acceleration” is disabled for those on Mac. If OpenGL can’t be turned on then Krita is basically useless (for Mac users with AMD gpu?) because it’s extremely laggy. Previous version is okay, though not the best.

UPDATE: You might not experience the lag if you’re on macOS High Sierra, and the option for OpenGL is still blacked out.

UPDATE2: Apparently it still lag on High Sierra.

Krita 3.3

The Block-In

Growing up, I didn’t know any of this so-called “Block-In” methodology when it comes to doing things traditionally. Yet when it comes to 3D modelling, this is precisely what I started off with. It comes naturally because of the way 3d box modelling works. Box modelling taught me to focus on the overall form and proportion of my subject(s) before I get down to detailing.

Here’s a great article (walkthrough) on the Block-In process for those that want to improve their traditional skill.

Krita: Good but buggy

For quick sketches and doodling, Krita seems to do well (even though the lag is still there). However, once you want to slow down and seriously practice you’ll begin to see that the brush lag in Krita is an obstacle and an annoyance. Krita basically has everything I’m looking for in a drawing/painting software but at the moment I can’t really use it for serious studies because of this lag. I’m on Mac with a Wacom, and if you know of a solution please drop me a message.

ArtRage (left). Krita 3.1.4 (right). Notice that it’s a lot smoother in ArtRage.

Krita’s Quick Brushes

I love ArtRage for its realism and painting effect and will one day (God willing) use it for some experimentations. In the meantime, I find it much easier in Krita to get this marker effect look. I quickly improvised the legs on the fly, duplicated the legs layer and with another quick brush I put in the shading. For concept arts and thumbnailling, Krita is the best. I guess this explains it:

“From 2004 to 2009, Krita was strongly focusing on being a generic image manipulation/painting application in the style of Photoshop or GIMP. Since 2009, the focus is squarely on painting: the Krita community aims to make Krita the best painting application for cartoonists, illustrators, and concept artists.”

Last night before bed (as you can see the dark background) I did some quick test with one of Krita’s Ink brushes. 10-30 seconds each. Improvised on the fly.

Giving Krita a try

I have known Krita for a while now but haven’t really sit down to explore it until today. These are quick sketches (testing out one of its brushes) improvised on the fly.

It looks like Krita will be the software I’ll be using for quick sketches / concepts.