Krita and me

Hello folks, I am Saurabh (irc:confifu), a new contributor of Krita. In the improbable case that you are ill informed about Krita, here you go:

Krita is a free and open source digital painting application. It is for artists who want to create professional work from start to end. Krita is used by comic book artists, illustrators, concept artists, matte and texture painters and in the digital VFX industry.

In the probable case that you are ill informed about me 😛 , I am a 2nd year Computer Science undergraduate student at Delhi Technological University. My hobbies include running, reading books, drawing and painting.

Krita is my first interaction with the open source community and the experience has been truly spectacular. The community of developers and artists around Krita is very warm and friendly. They answer the dumbest of your questions. Starting from helping me build Krita to getting my GSoC proposal ready, they were always helpful. I feel like I have been nurtured by this community to have a more open minded perspective. I have seen how patiently they answer questions that are asked by me and others, no matter how stupid it may sound, and this has made me kinder to people. I am no more the cold fish that I used to be, the warmth is changing me. Krita has enabled me to use my skills to solve problems that would help a lot of people. The effect of open source is not only limited to my development skills, it has spilled over to other parts of my life as well.

On the more technical side, I have become more confident with multiple files, classes and functions that interact with each other in complex manner. I have become better at finding and understanding the code that affects the relevant problem. I have learned the value of good documentation and good comments. The feeling of gratitude towards the developer when trying to understand a piece of code and finding a relevant comment is immense.(Note to self: write good comments). I have a lot to learn, and after contributing to Krita I have gained a new confidence in my ability to learn.

I have been selected to participate in GSoC 2020 to work on a Storyboard docker for Krita. I would be mentored by Agata Cacko, Boudewijn Rempt and Scott Petrovic. This project would aim to build a storyboard docker that would let animators and storyboarders create a storyboard easily and quickly. They would also be able to export the storyboard in commonly used formats. I look forward to working with my mentors and the community to complete this project.

Link to the Phabricator Task , project listing the full proposal. Feel free to share any ideas and/or suggestions. 🙂

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