Hi. I've been aware of ArtRage for some time and finally bit the not-to-painful $20 bullet and got it yesterday. I am an animation student and have just begun work on an animated short. We only have a few weeks to do it, so not sure how good it'll be, but I wanted to try to make the backgrounds somewhat painterly. I have limited painting experience and since I'm also new to ArtRage I decided to paint objects -like rocks and so on- in ArtRage and assemble layers in Photoshop. I'll eventually bring these into Flash and -hopefully- then have my characters swimming around them.
Anyhow here is a character test - just marker and colored in Photoshop. I may paint the carpace and skins in ArtRage eventually to have more texture but not sure.
These background tests are composited in Photoshop from 4 different rocks and one branch I made in ArtRage.