In the previous post I mentioned my experience with Krita and how it shaped the way I use its presets. Now lets take a look at the actual presets and make some sense out of its use.
I called the bundle Simple Mind because that’s the way I customized them, with little technical knowledge of the way the Krita’s brush engines work, thus instead of preconceiving the preset and looking for the exact parameters that would create them, I just tweaked some curves, activated some sensors and if I liked what I got on the canvas, then I would keep it, simple.
Although stamp brushes are practical at times, not to mention very fun to use, when I paint, I really like to produce it myself, I want a tool that although it gives me some advantages while making strokes, it will also give some freedom on doing the final shapes the way I want to. Although some of this presets use a stamp style of brush tip, the stroke would not create the actual figure you see in the preset icon, the best example is my “qs_happypines” preset, I tweaked it in a way that allows me to do very basic pine shapes, but does not do the hole pine with one stroke.
All the presets I customized use the pixel engine, the reason is simple, is the fastest engine in krita, and my PC, although very decent, is already close to 10 years old, I need to keep things real and practical. I also have notice that even new computers, specially loptops/tablets are very weak regarding the processor, thus I hope the use of this engine would translate into a “quick and fun” experience. The pixel engine also has the more parameters and sensors, giving us a wide array of possibilities, I’m not implying that is the best, just that is quite practical.
Other engines have very interesting effects and some are very useful, maybe in the future I would consider experimenting with some of those. Again, I’m not trying to mimic the way real life media “feels”, but rather take advantage of the digital brushes in its own way.
Been traditional landscapes the very first tipe of art I was exposed to, they are still fascinating me, and many at times I like to go back to it, is refreshing to “landscape” once in a while, is also a forever learning style, thus quite a joy to do. Just like in real life, clouds is one of my favorite objects of contemplation, I look at them, take pictures of them and of course, I like to draw them. In my bundle, I do have more than one preset that I use for clouds, but the “qs_cloudy” became my favorite, its purpose is to do clouds in a easy way, by allowing the highlight and the shadow to be done with the same stroke, by simply (although not so simple at times) changing the pen pressure. My favorite part is that it produces clouds in between realistic and illustration, similar to the classic Anime clouds.
To use this preset (and this principle goes to the majority of my presets) you need to take advantage of your pen pressure and keep in mind the selected foreground and background color, once you feel comfortable with the pen pressure, forming clouds would get very easy and fun.
In this paintings, not only the clouds were made with the preset but also the “ground/trees”, in fact I also like to use this preset to draw distant trees and undefined foliage, when in very small size, I can use it even as a heavy textured pencil, like those “birds” in these samples, in fact, for these all the painting except for the color in the background was made with the same preset.
If you know Bob Ross, you will get this right away, Pine Trees, happy trees or how I call them “qs_happypines”, This is one of my oldest presets, I struggle quite a bit trying to find a way to do strokes as if I was “taping” a fan brush on the canvas, the settings are rather simple in fact, I just didn’t get it at first. The way I use this preset is by doing “zig-zag” strokes, the branches (made by the brush tip) tilt on the direction of the stroke, by adjusting the angle of the brush tip, I finally manage to figure how to do a simple happy pine. I must say that the way this preset works is not too intuitive (my fault) but once you understand it, you will want to “pine” everywhere.
In the speed up video above, you can see how I use the preset, starting with little (almost none) pressure where the size is set to lowest, I made the top of the tree, from there I start stroking (although you can “tap” too) in a zig-zag fashion while increasing the pressure that in turn makes the brush size bigger, there is also the color mix parameter activated with pressure sensor on that gives some incremental change in color (depending on your selected foreground and background colors). Once in a while I switch the brush tip and play with mix sensors to achieve different and fun results. Hope you try too. And yes, those birds are strokes with the same preset!
On the above video, I made a quick landscape using a few of my presets, some with a very singular purpose like the reflections on the water.
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