Normally I just use Photoshop and a Wacom Intous 5 but I've always liked using brushes that emulate brush strokes and Artrage seemed perfect for that. I had to paint in black and white first because I'm not too confident about painting straight in to colour. I started this in artrage but I ran in to issues with it purely just taking too long to go through changing the settings all the time. I ended up bringing it back in to photoshop to add colours and touch up areas. I really like the brush stroke effects it gave but it grew very tiresome that way of painting.