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…
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