My dream was to become an artist. Apparently there’s a need to have artistic talent to make a living as an artist, but that hasn’t stopped me from collecting my fair share of digital painting and drawing apps on my Mac.
You know, keep the flame burning and all that. Recently I added ArtRage to my stable of apps to learn. This one is a creative painting app for Mac, iPad, and iPhone. The latter two are competitively priced with similar offerings in the iTunes App Store, the former, well, not as much.
ArtRage is a capable but different Mac app for painting and drawing in the digital age. My passion has always been to create oil painting masterpieces, to dabble in pencil and chalk, to faithfully recreate what what my eye sees (or, what I think I see). With ArtRage you get it all in a somewhat unique user interface.
There’s the somewhat standard floating palettes of tools to learn, though ArtRage displays tools in the lower corners in a different manner than comparable Mac drawing and painting tools.
Tools can be adjusted numerically or through slider bars. Mixing colors and getting the brush settings just right took some time. Trial and error is your friend.
ArtRage comes with stencils, pens, brushes, stencils and settings for nearly everything in the Toolbox.
For oil painting, mixing colors is a pleasure (no mess) and colors can be absolutely precise. ArtRage even allows for tracing and layers. Other tools let you design with symmetry, drop in gradient fills, and see the whole drawing while zoomed in and focusing on a single pixel.
Of the painting and drawing styles, for me the watercolor effects were the least realistic, while oils were the best. ArtRage screams for drawing or painting on a tablet, so I tried the iPad version. That might have been a better place to start. It’s far less expensive and actually fun to use instead of frustrating (learning curve required on the Mac version).
Me and my iPad could do plenty of damage to the digital art community after a summer in Paris.