Hi! I just purchased Artrage. I own Painter,Pshop, and Sketchbook, but Im very enamoured of how faithfully AR has managed to capture the distilled look and essence of real painting, and would love to be able to do most of my work in it.
In fact, it *so* faithfully captures the experience, and is so intuitive in so many other ways, that there is one glaring omission from the real painting experience thats really frustrating to me.
I love being able to turn "auto clean" off, and having the "cup" of water/thinner/medium icon available to click on and clean my brush. But this feels so realistic to me, that I expect to be able to simply dip the brush in the water/medium, and take it back to the canvas and thin/blend the existing pigment thats there with it, without realoading my brush with more pigment. I mean, I literally catch myself doing it every time, and am frustrated when I cant do it without applying more color.
This is different from the "smudging" effect you get with the pallette knife. i really love the pigment blending that goes on with the loaded brushes. I want to be able to get the same effect by just "loading" a brush with water or thinner.
If there IS a way to do this, and I just havent come across it in the manual of the program thus far, I apologize. If someone could then point me to that, it would be great.
It also brings up the question of whether there should also be an option to turn "auto loading" off, so as to load your brushes manually with either pigment of medium, by clicking on your pallete, instead of having the brush auto loaded with pigment every time you leave the canvas.
Again, Im not looking to have artificial "blending" tools like Painter has added. I just want to be able to use the same mechanics that are already there intuitively to thin and blend pigment on the canvas, as I would when I was painting in RL.
Thanks for listening, and keep up the great work!