I have been reading the forums today and you seem to be a great bunch of folks. Glad to be here.
Anyway, I had been looking to get a tablet PC and a satsifying art program to go along with it fo a few months. It looks like I may have lucked out all around right off the bat on this venture.
I got a Fujitsu 4010 tablet PC off of ebay (looking to get the best machine I could for least amount of money.... in case I didn't care for the experience) and I had heard nothing but good things about ArtRage and its ease of use. Plus, ArtRage is much more affordable than most paint programs.
So far, I have nothing but great things to say about both the machine and the painting software.
Attached is an image (my first) that I created with ArtRage. I would very much like artistic feedback on it. It is probaly more of an illustration than a painting, and more of a sketch than an ilustration... but, fire away. Let me know what you think.
It probably took a total of about 6 hours. It's rough, but considering I hadn't used painting software or a tablet PC before, (I do work in computer graphics and use Photoshop a lot, but hadn't tried painting this way before) it seemed like such a natural marriage of media, I quickly didn't even realize that I wasn't using traditional tools. This surprised me greatly. I really have to hand it to ArtRage for knocking that perception down that painting on a computer would not feel natural. It was a lot of fun and really easy to get used to.
But, you didn't come hear to read my ramblings... you came to critique the art! So, please,let me hear it. Any and all feedback is welcomed.