Beginners Digital Illustration with Krita

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The basics of digital painting software Krita
Create solid sketches
Color, shade and highlight
The basics of line art


  • This course is aimed at the complete beginner
  • You should have a running version of Krita (free software)
  • It is very strongly recommended that you have a graphics tablet
  • Digital painting requires some patience and perseverence


Welcome to Section 1 of my course Essentials of Digital Illustrations with Krita.

This section is absolutely free, but it consists of only the first section of the course.

This section is targeted at the complete beginner and covers taking the first steps in digital illustration.

Krita is a highly acclaimed digital painting software, and it is completely free and open source. If you want to get started in digital illustration without splurging on license fees then this is a great place to start. Once you have gained confidence digital painting you can easily and painlessly switch over to commercial software if you want. (Or you can continue using Krita of course!)

Contents of this section:

  • Get started creating simple doodles
  • Learn about basic brushes and create your first wood texture
  • Learn about the basic tools available to Krita
  • Learn to make a basic sketch
  • Add color, shading and highlighting
  • Lots of tips
  • Lots of exercises

Want more free goodies? Check out my youtube channel: Open Source Tutor 

Update: Krita version 4.0 comes with a brand new set of default brushes! This is great on the whole, but makes the videos a bit confusing! So I added some extra videos to help.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who is interested in getting started in Digital Illustration without worrying about license fees.
  • Anyone who wants to learn Krita
  • Note: this is a course on Krita software, not a course on general drawing/painting techniques.

Course content

1 section16 lectures1h 12m total length
  • Quickstart (for Krita 4.0)
  • Update: a note on the new version of Krita
  • Brushes (for Krita 3.3)
  • Update: Brushes (for Krita 4.0)
  • Example: Wood
  • Customizing the User Interface
  • Basic Tools
  • Layers
  • Example: Basic Face
  • 8 Tips Drawing Smooth Lines
  • 4 Tips Improving Your Workflow
  • Exercise: Cactus
  • Example: Cloud
  • Exercise: Wood
  • 6 Motivation Tips
  • Appendix: How to Import the old Brushes


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Paul Gieske
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Hi, my name is Paul and I am an IT teacher and an engineer. As a teacher / engineer I can combine my strong technical background with the experience I gained in passing on skills and knowledge to my students.

As a teacher I believe that it students learn better when they are learning actively. That's why I include a lot of practice exercises in my courses.

In addition to my day job I absolutely love digital illustration!