About a few months back when I decided to buy my first tablet pc (with vista pre-installed and all), I became interested in art softwares. Since I am a lover of all things that is art and an ok artist myself, I started looking for that one software that could perhaps satisfy my needs.
You see, what I was looking for was an art software that would allow me to do personal comic books that would allow me to put my wild imagination down. And in order to make comic books, you need a ruler--to draw panels and frames and what not--you need talking bubble baloons, and etc....
Now, at first, ArtRage didn't have that, but of course by no means is this not a super great software already. Such a marvelous job the ArtRage developers did, and at such a great and affordable price, too. I have to give them props for that.
Well,as I was shopping around, the two other art softwares that caught my eyes were eFrontier's Manga Studio 3.0 and Autodesk Alias Sketchbook pro 2. But the problems with these two is that the former is too simple that it is almost an upgraded Paint software with some nice manga bred shadings, and the latter is way too expensive for its own good.
And the only thing I liked the most about Sketchbook Pro 2 over ArtRage 2 is its marvelous pencil feature and its smearing effect--which ArtRage 2 did not have at the time I purchased it.
But now that ArtRage 2.5 came out (which I accidentally found out by surprise), it has some new features that do really make my dream of making personal--hobby-driven--comic books come alive once again. Now that it has a ruler function and the stencil utility in it, I might be able to limit the amount of things I have to do to just a few softwares, rather than using just a bit more softwares than I would have liked.
It is the little touches like these that makes all the difference. Thanks for the new upgrade--ArtRage 2.5--because the truth is, I've always loved to use ArtRage over the other art programs out there. It just has this friendliness to it that I just can't put my finger on, but it is there nevertheless. ArtRage developers, somehow I get the feeling that you are true lovers of art, or just love making art. Otherwise, you wouldn't have made this so cool, friendly, inviting, and at such a low price--compare to the likes of Sketchbook pro 2.
I would like to ask a question though: Will there be more add-ons regarding the stencils utility or is it possible to create your own stencils? Because I would like to have or make more comics stencils.