Hmm, a take on the Painter versus Photoshop "discussions" found on other forums (conceptart, sijun etc). They are different tools, certainly, but one can't help but love ArtRage for its simplicity, pleasure, simple (and effective) user interface, speed, and joy to use.
Given these two examples I'd choose the AR one as the better one. But it's a subjective ruling I'd put forward as well.
Admitedly, I use Painter IX and Photoshop as well (mostly doing abstracts these days) but for sheer fun and UI ease nothing beats ArtRage.
With regards to Painter, I've always felt that its greatest strength was that it emulated natural media wonderfully, and that its greatest weakness is that it emulates natural media wonderfully. I'm used to painting with large 3-4" brushes on large canvas and Painter has never allowed me to make big enough brushes without slowdowns. Photoshop works better for this, but ArtRage is far too much fun to compare ... :wink:
I'll post some AR work soon.
Finally, it is a pleasure to be here and to join these forums. Some of the gallery posting are simply wonderful.
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