Good for painting still life imagery or portraits of family pets or loved ones from a photo reference.
Can import images for tracing and/or reference pics that can be zoomed in and rotated.
Offers a range of canvases and papers to work on that mimic the look and effect of canvases and papers in the real world.
Mediums that you can use, which include acrylic, water colour and crayons, blend together very realistically.
If you are new to using a drawing tablet and find it a bit daunting, ArtRage has a very comfortable layout and offers tons of room for exploration and experimentation. And it remains comfortable to use as your skill with using the graphic pen advances.
Works very well with Photoshop. You can start a project in Artrage, and use the export option to open it in Photoshop, and you will still be able to use the separate layers without any flattening occurring.
I recommend ArtRage to people who appreciate both digital and traditional methods of creating artwork. It's a nicely laid out program that does not come with tons of complicated menus, it is easy to get into, and people who love working with real paints will not feel too alienated by working with these digital mediums that work almost as good as the real thing.
While it is good for creating "realistic" looking painted images from photo references or mimicking the style of old masters, I don't find it very good for creating cartoons. For comic style projects you're probably better off using a vector based program, like Illustrator or Flash.
I had a go at using the rulers, but found it quite awkward. I might need more practice. I'm not sure how an artist who does a lot of perspective drawing would get along with it.
Traditional artists who are taking their first steps into the world of digital art and drawing with a tablet will find ArtRage quite comfortable to experiment with.
Excellent for painting from a photo reference.
Not too over-complicated.
If you are an experienced digital artist who just wants to try out a fresh project or painting exercise (and you fancy a break from Photoshop) ArtRage is a pleasure to work with.
I have not used this for any corporate projects in a very long time, and I rarely used ArtRage for work, mostly for personal pleasure projects.