Quiralta’s SimpleMind Brush Set part 1

Been a self thought artist makes one to follow very unconventional ways of doing our craft, some times we figure things out just as it supposed to be, other times we simply go through our own methods, for the better or for the worst (worst here means, a method that is not as efficient as it could).

Painting digitally for me is just an extension of what I have learned through traditional methods, but is not a mimicry of them, this is, I take every media differently and approach it accordingly, in other words, I don’t expect an “oil brush” in Krita to do the same as my real life oleo brush, and with this in mind I can make the best out of both medias with minimum frustrations.

In Krita (and in other graphic FOSS software too) I tend to be not technical at all, is not a lack of interest, but rather lack of knowledge, going through the brush settings and blending modes gives me a hard time, thus I tend to avoid them and use the most simple methods and functions to achieve the art I do, and that is the principle of my little set.

Originally I just start modifying some of the Krita’s original presets to my liking, without knowing much about what each parameter or setting do, mostly a trial and error approach, but after a couple of years I got familiar with some of those and every time I did a painting or an illustration I end up tuning my brushes a bit more.

Because I’m not too technical when it comes to painting, also the amount of tools I use (presets in this case) is small, normally I would use no more than three, for Pop Art I usually only use one. Thus the number of brushes I have is small, but I did made some presets for very specific “touches” that although I don’t use often, are, for me, essential to my painting.

This year, while doing some “computer cleaning” and some organization of my digital stuff, I realized I have already more than 20 presets, thus I thought would be fun to put them in a bundle and share them, this will in turn teach me how Krita’s bundles and presets work, some are aimed at “traditional” painting, and I put it on quotation marks because is neither real traditional nor only for that purpose, as they may work for any style, and others aimed at digital, more like Concept Art and Pop Art.

My approach is simple (like my mind) and I wanted to use presets that are fast in my pc, thus only used the Pixel Engine, the fastest in Krita, many of my presets use heavily the Pressure and Mix parameters to do some “effects” on the stroke. My presets also use the original Krita’s bundles (ver3 and ver4) brushes and texture patterns, thus they “should” be available on every Krita, but they are also packed with the bundle just in case they are not activated by the user.

As you may notice, this post is mostly about my experience with Krita’s presets rather than the presets themselves, that would be for the next parts.

Download Bundle

For now you can download the set bundle and have fun with it, I will also share some little (tiny) videos of how I use them and thus how they work. Quiralta’s SM Brush Set (CC-BY-SA) contains Krita’s original Brush tips and Patterns authored by others artists and developers, please refer to the Krita 4 Default Resources (CC-0) for full information.

NOTE: This presets are not the “stamps” styles, the icons are a tiny sample of what can be done with it, not the brush tip itself. I’m planing on future versions of the bundle to have icons with more concise images.