Roll up your sleeves for the realistic traditional media software that’s both experimental and seriously creative
The Blow tool brings a breath of inspiration to your work – literally
Rebelle is all about getting your hands dirty – or at least feeling like you have. Think Corel Painter at a snip of the price, and you’re close to understanding Escape Motions’s ambitions with its flagship software.
“I love how the program encourages experimentation on the canvas,” says artist Martin Hanschild. “I’ll randomly paint spots, shapes and lines on the wet canvas, to see how colours flow across the screen, and then find interesting structures and shapes to change into characters or landscapes.”
His job is made easier with Rebelle’s tools. The Blow tool brings a breath of inspiration to your work – literally, as you can manipulate your watercolour marks as if blowing on the paper. The Tilt control enables you to make the wet media run and drip, or you can use the dry media brushes (pastel and pencils) to slow things down.
The newly released version two promises an even more realistic acrylic arsenal, while continuing its attention to detail in how the media and the paper grain interacts. The user interface remains beginner-friendly, so as not to put off traditional artists who are making the jump to digital, and this might explain why Escape Motions haven’t done much to develop Rebelle’s tool customisation. All this takes a lot out of your computer.
“The math running behind the program’s painting process is quite complicated,” says Escape Motion’s
Andrea Vachova. “Rebelle has to compute around 25 layers, which include water simulation, diffusion, wetting, drying and all the different watercolour effects, so the computing speed will depend on your hardware’s setup.”
Basically, it would stand you in good stead to have at least Intel i5 or a similar AMD processor, although it’s worth noting that new OpenGL brushes have been developed in Rebelle 2, which speeds things up significantly, especially when painting with large brushes.