Dig­i­tal Art Rev­o­lu­tion!

From art apps that punch above their weight to in­ex­pen­sive soft­ware that repli­cate tra­di­tional me­dia, artists who want to get cre­ative are spoilt for choice…

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We present some of the best af­ford­able, fully fea­tured paint­ing pro­grams around, in­clud­ing Pro­cre­ate, Re­belle and ArtRage.

The days of dig­i­tal art be­ing mo­nop­o­lised by two soft­ware be­he­moths are long gone. Il­lus­tra­tors with tech know-how have started in­flu­enc­ing – and in some cases pro­duc­ing – in­no­va­tive cre­ative soft­ware, with artists as their pri­mary fo­cus. The re­sult is a wealth of idio­syn­cratic yet pow­er­ful plat­forms, each one meet­ing the var­i­ous needs of the mod­ern dig­i­tal artist.

Whether you want to go down the route of mim­ick­ing nat­u­ral me­dia (play­ing with paint in globs, and mix­ing it im­pasto on your screen), ex­per­i­ment­ing with digi­tised tools and brushes, or digi­tis­ing your comic art just like a pro­fes­sional, there’s a Pho­to­shop and Painter al­ter­na­tive out there that shouldn’t break the bank… and may even add to it!

Here’s our se­lec­tion of in­ven­tive, in­spir­ing, and of­ten eye-open­ing art soft­ware that we think you’ll ben­e­fit from us­ing. Many come in dif­fer­ent flavours, priced ac­cord­ing to how much of the full arse­nal is of­fered, but for each of th­ese there’s a free trial ver­sion for you to have a play with – and we en­cour­age you to do just that!

Whether you’re work­ing from your iPad, PC or Mac, ven­tur­ing into 3D-based con­cept art, or aim­ing for a tra­di­tional me­dia feel, there’s some­thing here for every­one…

This is­sue’s cover artist, Jana Schirmer, cre­ates an­other ar­rest­ing por­trait piece us­ing Pro­cre­ate on her iPad Pro. girl, or­ange

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