Monthly Archives: July 2013

In conversation with Phillip Koops

So, I got this another opportunity to interview yet another wonderful Krita artist Phillip. It was an interesting interview where some of his answers left me thinking over them. I’d like to quote one particular sentence here — “I think it always has to be a hobby, the minute it feels like it’s a job – the fun goes away.” So true, right? Interviewing is so fun!

He has also collaborated with us for the Krita webshop and did a “Krita Bear” artwork for us. I know, I know, this bear(below) is hopelessly cute or maybe handsome! 😀

Krita Bear
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Krita Webshop: New Designs!

And And And, we did the much awaited!

Finally we uploaded our first lot of merchandise designs on the Krita webshop. Really excited to find out how everyone finds it. *Fingers Crossed*

With the three new designs now available on several merchandise options, the products are up for grab! Go and visit us here and we’d like to here your reviews about what more you’d like to see there, how you find the products and what you’re ordering! Yes, we’d like to know it all! 😉
Tell us via comments on zazzle!
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In Conversation with Enrico Guarnieri

Hello,

For this entire July month we’ve been contacting artists for collaboration for the webshop and for the interviews. Now after the work of 20-25 days, we have started to receive interview responses and artworks for the webshop collaboration. It’s been a wonderful experience thus far. Today I’m going to share with you all an interview with Enrico Guarnieri who is a Krita artist. You could also read this article here.

Enrico is also working with us on the Krita Webshop. Together, we will bring you a lot of new merchandise designs on the webshop in coming months!
For now, enjoy reading the interview below! The image below is his krita artwork named “Metamorphosis”

                                                      

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Looking back to June: Week 2 and 3

Hello,

Well I thought of doing this “Looking back to June” as a series of posts until I get back to the present status of my work.

It was my summer vacation for the past two months (May and June), during that time I was in Delhi taking an extra course . I was more free there than I am now(college reopened in July, so pretty hectic). It was the second week of June, and we thought of charting out a plan of all the tasks that are to be covered under the 3 month span. As the project isn’t a core coding project and there are a lot of diverse responsibilities involved, it was necessary to have one to avoid the chaos while working.

After we were done with the sort-of  to-do list, I took up on the task of familiarizing more with the community. What I mean is, I am not a digital artist so I was finding it difficult to look at things with the perspective similar to what others had in the community. I studied a little bit about Krita tool features, installed it, read about the community history, started remaining more active on the #krita channel. It did help and as the time passed, I started to get a hold of the way everybody thinks around. There came a time – I think in week 3 or 4 of June – that I saw my initial contribution documents and it seemed so naive!

Now, more familiar with the community I took up the next task to follow the Krita art in order to understand Krita artists better. Deviant was a great help! It was around this time that we started to plan and start the work on artist collaboration. Since then it has been a part of our daily work.

The response of the artists has been amazing thus far for the contribution. What strikes me the most is how kind and supportive they are of Krita. Talking of present, it has been almost a month since we started the collaboration work and it is still going strong! B)

Contacting artists has been and is a wonderful experience. Also, we have been interviewing the artists. Maria has been doing a lot of them and has posted many interviews on krita.org. Also, you could check them out on her blog here.

Cheers! 🙂

Looking back to June: Week 1

Hello readers!

I’m running a little late in blogging than the pace of the work that we have been doing. Well, let’s go back and talk about with what did I start my work.

So, may 27th and I was selected, after the congratulatory wind-up on IRC #Krita channel, mails from Boudewijn (mentor) and from OPW team; I got to know my project partner Maria(she’s from Barcelona! Wow, right?). So, it was decided to broaden the horizons of the work under our project as now there were two interns instead of one (yes, lucky!).

Well, the due date of starting the intern was June 15 but we started to contribute right after the selection. The project is so exciting we couldn’t help.

A new channel was set for this project #krita-shop and we took a little time to distribute and plan the project ahead. I took the Zazzle store as my first task. Back then, Zazzle allowed code customization which helped those who knew CSS, HTML to give their stores a unique feel.  I got on with it and the theme was decided to be Krita website inspired. Logic was simple – to keep the uniformity.

So, I did the code formatting and got it look almost like the website theme, without CSS3 support! Also, I familiarized myself with the Zazzle product creation requirements, ways, categories etc. Planned a thing or two on how would we go about collecting the artworks to product creation.

Sad part is, around 20-25 days later after I was done with the store and ready for posting artworks, we got the news that Zazzle will stop supporting the customizations and is undergoing a makeover. Well, that did came us a surprise but the good thing that has come out, Zazzle interface does look better!

Talking of today, this week we are going to upload new merchandise designs on the shop! Yay! 😀

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