Posted: December 22
Prior to getting ArtRage, my only experience with digital art creation came from the Adobe Creative Suite, which is fantastic for image editing and anytime you need to work with vector shapes, but I could never really get the hang of it for more "artistic strokes" and creating non-vector art; I found Photoshop's interface too inaccessible and disorganized (using the free CS2 version, anyway. And for a recurring monthly payment, I wasn't crazy about subscribing to the most current iteration of Creative Suite). ArtRage, on the other hand, makes digital drawing and painting feel as accessible as the real world experience. Your ability to create great art exists independently of your ability to master all the tips and tricks of the software, allowing you to spend more time just drawing and less time putzing around menus. Even if your artistic interests are more in graphic design, making web pages, creating usable spritesheets, etc. if nothing else it's a great concepting tool that produces results that can be combined or layered in Photoshop/Illustrator/etc. for final drafting later on.
I use this with a tablet PC laptop (not touchscreen) that I can draw directly on with a Wacom-type pen, and it's fantastic.