Verfasst: 3. Januar
Last time I've drawn anything serious was over 20 years ago when I was still at school (yeah, I'm *THAT* old :p). And though I had good rates on school, I didn't continue on drawing...
Last year during the summer sale I bought ArtRage to pick up drawing again. I also bought a Wacom Intouch Pro (small) tablet to get things started again. But that didn't really work out well - drawing with a tablet is so much different than pencil & paper. Not to mention, I didn't know where to start again.
To get started I bought 'Manga for Dummies' (always loved manga & anime so that choise was pretty simple), and it was only this week that I finally picked up the digital pencil again. With that it was time to explore the possibilities of ArtRage as well.
Though not totally using ArtRage's potential at this moment, I see that it offers a lot. Even at the 'noob' level I'm using it, it's filling all my needs. Rulers and stencils are already what I'm using and honestly, I think they are a must (even for the advances artist).
I've also player around a bit with all other stuff ArtRage offers. Inking, paint, scrapers and all that kind of stuff. The use of all different kind of drawing tools ArtRage gives feels like you're actually drawing on paper. Ink flows pretty natural, scrapers used on paint gives very good effects where one color mixes naturally with an other. It looks like ArtRage offers almost every drawing technique that there's available at this moment!
One thing though that's a real *MUST* when using ArtRage (or any other art program for that matter): a good tablet that has different pressure levels. Your mouse only offers 2 (on paper and not on paper), while a pressure sensitive tablet gives you the ability to make very soft lines through extremely hard lines...