Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Art Rage

I did these pics in a groovy little program called Art Rage. It's a paint program that simulates natural media rather well. The above was done in about 10 minutes with the oil brush and palette knife. The tree below was done with the same. Click on the picks for the large versions and you can see the paint effects details, the tools seem to give you those "happy little accidents" painters so enjoy.

The kicker? Art Rage 2 is only 20 bucks for the full version. There's a free version but it only lets you use a couple tools. Sure it's more of a toy than a serious paint program, cool as the media sims are they can't match the power/versatility of Corel Painter or Adobe Photoshop. But that's really the point-- it's clearly not meant to be as all encompassing. Anyone who just wants to get in and mess around will enjoy getting their creativity flowing. Especially if you bust out any old art books with classic step-by-step lessons, you're going to get some nice results. The oils brush simulates the mixing of colors nicely and you can turn off certain mixing and cleaning features that you could never do with a real brush and canvas.

If you're an artist looking for a new trick or just looking for a break to let your creativity run free, give it a go.

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