So I am a member of Deviantart and the cool thing about that place is it’s so big the resources are limitless. You can learn a lot from that place by just browsing from artist to artist. Recently I ran across an artist who had a nice painterly style for digital art, she was also nice enough to share information and what programs she used. The program is called Paint Tool SAI so I downloaded it to give it a try. I personally don’t think an artist is limited to their tools but it’s always nice to try new stuff out to enhance even further. The thing I noticed right off is how well it blends, I think it’s a great program to run along side of others like Photoshop. Actually from what I can tell SAI would be perfect to sketch,line work, fill in the basic tones and values and then use photoshop as a follow up to enhance. Anyway my goal isn’t to write a review on this program but if you’re looking for an additional tool to run along side your current paint programs it’s worth checking out. You can try it out here: Paint Tool SAI
Here’s something I worked on as a test, I started out sketching this in Photoshop but most of the work was done in SAI.