June 13, 2024

Sketchpads with Undo! – software for fine artists

The modern artist is no longer sitting in his garret burning old canvases and making paint from old shoes mixed with olive oil. No sir, artists have embraced modern technology. It’s not just David Hockney with his ipad, contemporary artists around the world are using the latest tech to help make their works. Here’s a top three that I use.

1. Inkscape

Inkscape is a vector editor which runs on Mac, Windows and Unix. If you haven’t tried it out yet do take it for a spin. Completely free, the community have developed an excellent piece of software that is similar to Illustrator and CorelDraw.

2. Gimp

Gimp is another open source piece of software which gives paid-for utilities a run for their money. It is a versatile image manipulation package that can be used for digital retouching, image manipulation, etc. It is also cross-platform, running on windows, mac and Linux.

3. ArtRage

ArtRage is a digital painting program designed to be used with a tablet. It replicates the sense of drawing and painting about as well as can be expected on a screen. It has that wonderful thing that a sketchpad doesn’t have. An undo button!


Which software packages do you use? Tell us in the comments below.

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