Today was the first real day of the Meeting, we met again in the basement of the Church to be in a place without any possible distraction, and to discuss the vision of Krita, and what we want Krita to be.
We decided to focus on painting, sketching, comic books and texturing. As well as making an application for high-end painters. The question of how much the digital painting should mimick real-world painting, and based on our experience of watercolor in 1.6 that was so advanced that it would simulate the drying itself, we decided that real world should be an inspiration, but that there is no point to make digital painting exactly like real world, if you want real world, you can just take a real brush and paint. But it does not mean that we should take inspiration in real physics, when it makes sense, like for color mixing.
In the end, it took us more than two hours to define the following vision:
Krita is a KDE program for sketching and painting, offering an end–to–end solution for creating digital painting files from scratch by masters.
Fields of painting that Krita explicitly supports are concept art, creation of comics and textures for rendering.
Modelled on existing real-world painting materials and workflows, Krita supports creative working by getting out of the way and with snappy response.
It does not mean you cannot use Krita for something else, or develop plug-ins that solve a problem that does not fit the vision. But it means that we are going to be focused on implementing that vision, and that the default of the application will be oriented toward that vision. And when we have to make choices, we will look at the vision and see which decision makes more sense for the vision.
After the lunch, we took a digestive walk in Deventer streets:
Then we discussed about finding GSoC ideas, that would help to implement our vision, and concluded that a new transform tool and a good UI to access ressources was the two main ideas we needed. Then everybody went back to his computer, to fix bugs, to discuss UI ideas, and just to make Krita “the best application ever” (Vera’s tm).