Krita Animation

Since the first Beta release I’ve tried and tested out Krita’s new animation features and tools. I must say not only am I blown away but I think I can finally stop aiming for TVPaint and happily stick with Krita for a long, long time.

Raster animation isn’t just my preference, it’s been a long time goal. Something I’ve been aspiring to and chasing for years. I was thrilled to see Toon Boom Harmony finally add raster layers but they still lack an awful lot of basic painting and blending tools. Unlike Krita which started out as drawing and painting software. I’m really excited to try it out when it’s officially released and start a new project.

I’ve always wanted to create a classic paint styled animation but doing that on paper and Cels is incredibly expensive and you run out of storage fast. That’s simply not the case with digital animation. Although storage can become a problem, it’s also an easily solvable one.

I’ve tried multiple freeware. And if it wasn’t vector only it was pixel only which frustrated me. I tried animating with GIMP but it was even more horrendous than animating in photoshop.

First Impressions of Krita Animation

My first use of Krita 2.9.9 Beta, I noticed a dramatic improvement in brush speed. That was always one thing that put me off when it came to drawing with Krita. I’ve been an on and off user for quite a few years now. I think the first time I used it was in 2010 but I’m not sure any more. I’ve picked it up more seriously in 2014 and I’ve been using it more regularly since.

I noticed a number of improvements to various tools but the animation features were what I was most interested in so I didn’t dig to deep into much else. For a first Beta it was very impressive and worked well. Only crashed once or twice during various animation tests.

Krita 2.9.10 Beta though some improvements were made, for me personally it was more buggy. For whatever reason I could not edit an animation file if closed and re-opened. It was as if the layer was locked though it wasn’t. But hey, it’s Beta, bugs are bound to happen. There were a lot of improvements but from the first to the second Beta’s I tried, there was an issue with playback. I noticed I wasn’t the only one. It would not playback in real time.

In Krita 3.0 Pre Alpha the brushes were a lot faster. Sometimes it lagged in the previous alpha’s but it’s working even better now during animation which makes me very eager to see the final release of Krita 3.0 and what else they’ve added and achieved.

The files were editable after saving, closing and re-opening. No crashes thus far and a drop frame rates button which solved the playback issue. There were a few jumping and skipping of frames but I expected as much since my PC was doing to much at once. After closing the excess programs I noticed a huge improvement.

The user interface is a LOT more spacious than before. This was something I liked a lot especially for animation. It was starting to feel very cramped. It’s a little bit buggy while arranging and docking items but that’s to be expected.

Frames move without issue and testing playback speeds is a lot more accurate now if you’re a windows user like myself. Onion skin seems to be functioning better in the latest release. Before it was a little buggy trying to turn certain frames on or off with onion skin. Turning the visibility on and off was a bit difficult but not anymore. It was also a bit buggy altering the onion skin tint before as well, but that seems to be resolved.

I love the onion skin feature in Krita. I wish more programs had their onion skin set this way. It’s easy to customise the onion skin visibility on specific frames and very easy to change the onion skin tint colour as well as turning it off. However I can’t comment on using it with full coloured animation as I haven’t gotten much further than clean up inks.

The main reason I haven’t gotten as far as coloured animation was the lack of editing after saving in previous Beta versions and some crashing occurred. But I plan to try coloured animation in the current release. It will be fun to see how I go and what happens.

So basically to sum it up, I really love the animation features added to Krita. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Lemon Leaf Tea

Will looking up homemade multipurpose cleaner I wondered if I could do the same with lemon tree leaves. I already knew they were non toxic and I assumed they had all the goodness of lemons. Plus my tree has only just started to bare fruit. The fruit is far to young to pick. That’s how I stumbled onto posts about lemon tree leaf tea or lime leaf tea. I looked it up some more and did some research before trying it out

I was very pleasantly surprised. I would like to research it some more though. It tasted like lemon flavouring without any acidity or bitterness. It was very mild and very nice with honey.

I really enjoy trying out new teas like this. Especially natural tea or tea you can make at home. I plan to buy some dwarf fruit trees this year. Mostly orange, pink lady apple and a lime tree. I’m also sick of some of the rediculous prices. Having lived somewhere that use to grow oranges I know that quite often leaving them on the tree is like self storage. It feels as though it fruits all year round and I miss having that luxury of fresh non-chemically treated fruit.

Last year I got a food dehydrator and started making orange chips. I thought about it though and decided I’d rather be doing it with home grown oranges. Fortunately Bunnings still sells miniature fruit trees from time to time. They currently have a lime tree so that’s the first thing I’m going to buy this week.



Just a bit of an update. I’m back in my busted home. It’s been patched up and deemed “liveable”. I want to move but other things have happened and I don’t want to go posting the details.

So, while I freak out, clean and sift through broken treasured items I’ve taken up growing plants in pots. It’s been soothing. A much needed distraction only this time I got things that are easy to grow, ok to forget about and are very hardy.

A few months ago I got French Lavender and it’s been flowering beautifully. It’s needed very  little up keep which is great because I’ve been known to forget to water my plants quite often. I also re-potted the new baby aloe from an aloe vera that was dying. Unfortunately for me the work men somehow smashed the concrete pot the original was in. It’s dying from I assume root rot and sunburn. But since I had the foresight months ago to grow a new one from a cutting, it’s healthy and was out of the way. He now lives on my porch. (I don’t know why my aloe is a he, it just is =P)

Next I also bought a new baby aloe vera from Bunnings. Mostly because I’m not 100% if my aloe is aloe. There’s some things about it that seem off to me but I’ve researched it thoroughly and I’m positive it is. But I’m also overly cautious.

Currently I’m on the hunt for both Roman and German chamomile. I don’t like how “pure chamomile tea” is often never pure. Or there’s just always something added to it. Worse yet, they use “flavouring”. I like the benefits of pure chamomile but for a plant that grows like a weed, the cost is ridiculous. So I thought why not grow and make my own?

For my birthday this year I finally got a food dehydrator and I started making mint tea. I love mint. I’ve grown it my whole life. My mum even taught me when I was very little how to tell if it’s mint and if I wasn’t sure, to ask her. I use  to eat it fresh straight from the bush. Always have.

When the tree was being cut up (it was a huge gum tree laying straight down the middle of my home). The enormous pot plant of mint I had was underneath. Plus basil. So, instead of moving our pots, the workers just left it there. My basil was 2ft tall and my mint over grown. In our yard mint has never grown. The dirt is dry or has to much clay and the poor thing could never get it’s roots to penitrate the ground. I was sooooo angry. It took me almost a year to get my mint to grow. It took me forever to find the right potting mix since our soil is bad.

When we came home I had come to find my mind was growing where it had the tree cut and land on it. Some how the roots had taken to the soil and it’s now a massive patch of mint. I don’t plan to move it. I’m thrilled it pulled thorugh and it’s nice and lush. It looks to be in an odd spot but who cares, it’s my yard right?

But my poor basil died. I’m still so upset. I spent forever trying to revive it and keep it alive and when I did I was so pleased with myself. What I had done when it was near dead and I had near given up. I put left over Okara (ground up soy from making soy milk) and watered it. Then the batch of soymilk it was made from, when it went bad I put it on the basil. I thought even if it dies, I can turn this pot into compost. 1week later my basil was a nice healthy dark green with leaves 3times the size it had been. I kept feeding it Okara once a week for 3weeks. It grew at least an extra foot producing leaves as wide as my hand. (I have small hands so it was like about 5-6inch leaves).

I recently bought a new basil. Same problem. Poor soil so I’m going to make soy milk and Okara just specifically for my basil so it can get some much needed nutrients.

And that’s basically what I’ve been up to inbetween getting my life back on track. I mean what a year right? Gum tree on my house, homeless, back home. I will admit, my first thunder storm back here scared the shit out of me. I mean after having a gum tree crash on your house in the middle of the night scaring the life out of you and getting out unharmed with your fam and pets (very lucky), of course I’m going to freak out a bit during storms. Luckily though there’s not more trees… well no big trees so it won’t happen again but I do get very anxious in storms now. But I know I’ll get through it.