First post of the year, so I can start wishing you all an awesome and happy new year!
As part of my work with Activ Design, I need to prepare some new training material to teach digital painting with Krita. Part of this material will be some kind of software manual. As we don’t have an up to date manual and the booksprint project we started to discuss is on stand-by for now, I started to write a modular manual to guide new Krita users. I call it modular because I want to split each aspect of the software to its own chapter, in separate pdf files (for convenience I’ll also make a version with all chapters in one file at the end). I’m writing both english and french versions: english as it’s the best base for everyone to read and translate, and french because our current students at Activ Design are french
To follow the good old rule “release early, release often”, the first files are already available. This is just the beginning, I’ll add the next chapters in the coming days. Next topics will be the layer stack, the brush editor, and one chapter for each group of tools.
If you want to add some translations, the sources are in a git repository: https://gitorious.org/krita-guide
A little side note on another topic: if you’ve followed our fundraising campaign for GCompris, you may have noticed we extended the deadline to February 1st. We really need more budget to be able to complete new illustrations for all the different activities, which is needed to reach unified graphics. Please support this project if you can!
At the beginning of this month, we launched a crowdfunding campaign to support my project to work on the artwork and graphics redesign for GCompris. The goal of this project is to provide better unified graphics to all different activities inside GCompris. It is quite a big work, so I really need some financial support to work on it fast enough.
The fundraiser started very good, but then we had less contributions in the next days.. We need to make more noise and reach more pepole, so please donate and keep spreading the word to your friends and family. Still I want to thank all who already donated and/or left some nice comments. As well I want to thank Mageia.org for their nice support, see their interesting blog post about it.
I count on your support, and hope the spirit of Christmas will help us.
And by the way, I wish you all some happy holidays!
If you’re following KDE community news, you probably already know that we’re running a donation campaign to help funding KDE community costs for next year.
Everyone giving at least 30€ will recieve a cool postcard featuring Konqi, choosing one of the three models available.
So here are the three illustrations I made for these cards:
So please consider giving something to this fundraiser, and enjoy the postcards!
On a side note, this week-end I’ll be at the Capitole du Libre and Akademy-Fr in Toulouse.
I’ll give a talk about contributing to KDE as a user, another one about latest Krita news, and I’ll spend some time on the KDE booth to talk to people and show some cool piece of software.
If you’re in the area, come and say hi
So last week-end I came back from Akademy 2014, it was a loooong road, but really worth it of course!
Great to meet so much nice people, old friends and new ones. Lots of interesting discussions.
I won’t tell again everything that happened as it’s been already well covered in the dot and several blog posts on planet.kde, with lots of great photos in this gallery.
On my part, I’m especially happy to have met Jens Reuterberg and other people from the new Visual Design Group. We could discuss about the tools we have and how we could try to improve/resurrect Karbon and Krita vector tools.. And share ideas about some redesign like for the network manager…
Then another important point was the BoF we had with all other french people, about our local communication on the web and about planning for Akademy-Fr that will be co-hosted again with Le Capitole du Libre in Toulouse in November.
Thanks again to everyone who helped organize it, and to KDE e.V. for the travel support that allowed me to be there.
PS: And Thanks a lot Adriaan for the story, that was very fun.. Héhé sure I’ll think about drawing it, when I’ll have time..
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Tagged as: akademy, event, KDE, krita
In two weeks I’m going to Akademy 2014, the annual summit of the KDE community.
This year it will take place in Brno, at the University of Technology, from September 6th to 12th. As usual, the main talks will be during the 2 first days (6th-7th), then we will have a week filled with Birds-of-feather, workshops and meetings. I’ll present a workshop about “Creating interface mockups and textures with KDE software” on Monday 8th.
Akademy is a really important event for the KDE community and for Free Software more generally. That can happen thanks to the support from some generous sponsors. You can become one here, or make some donations to support KDE through out the year here.
See you @ Akademy 2014!