Thanks for coming out to the talk!! :)
The program is called ArtRage. I had seen demos of it before but never really gave it a second look. I only began using Photoshop a couple years ago and one program was intimidating enough;) One day at work the Production Designer on The Boxtrolls, Paul Lasaine recommended it to me and I knew it must be worth taking a look at— he’s an incredible painter both traditionally and digitally.
It’s really fantastic because it’s cheap, easy enough that you can jump right in and paint, and most of all— you can get some really nice painterly effects. You can have visibly chunky impasto, and when you put down a color it will interact with the color below… things you really miss when you move to digital from traditional. I know PS added those couple brushes that are meant to bridge that gap a bit, but they never felt great to me and I don’t really use them.
They also have layers and many of the things that photoshop has— so it can be a nice alternative to PS if you simply can’t afford it (PS ain’t cheap!). Fair warning though— it can be buggy and you should update the program and save extra often. Nothing more frustrating than losing a piece when you’re getting somewhere.
I have included some work that I have done using the program. It’s great for portraits and the like— anything done more alla prima.
Our dog Logan:)
A portrait of the incredible Nelson Lowry
There’s no replacing PS, but I use this to do different things, and will often work on things back and forth between the programs utilizing the specific virtues of each.
Thanks for the great question!
Have you ever used ArtRage? I’d love to hear what you like/ don’t like about it! Have you made some work in the program that you’d like to share?? Shoot me a link! I’d love to see it:)
As always you can catch me here— or give me a shout on twitter @elyjenna
I love hearing from you guys, keep the questions coming!!