This was something I was brooding over for some time now. But I have taken more than a few steps towards becoming the ultimate Open Source artist.
Please note that the stress here is on Open Source and to be an ultimate artist, the only way is by practice.
Here is the setup of the ultimate Open Source artist.
- A PC with as much number crunching power and as much memory you can afford. Note that though the choice of most artists is Mac, I do not know if we can go an Open Source approach with it.
- A Tablet – Wacom or other but it helps in focusing more on the art and less on how you are going to do what is in your head. The argument of the necessity of a tablet and stylus can go quite long – so I would say that do consider buying a tablet if you can afford it.
- OS – Ubuntu Feisty Fawn. You may choose other distribution, but this one is my personal choice.
- GIMP – This usually is packaged with the Linux, but ensure that you got the latest version.
- Inkscape – GIMP+Inkscape forms a good combination that forms a considerable combo against Photoshop.
- Scribus – This is a software that is usually meant for layout designing, but sometimes a artist is called upon to work on it. If nothing else, it would let you make cool looking portfolios of your digital artworks.
That is about it, and you are all set on the path to become the ultimate Open Source artist.
If you have bought a tablet and stylus, then you might want to ensure that you are able to configure its pressure sensitivy. It requires proper installation of the drivers and setting up of the configurations in the GIMP and Inkscape preferences. There is no much point in having a tablet if you are not going to harness the pressure sensitivity.