Amazing Art on a Budget


Digital Masterpieces on a Budget

Welcome to Part 2 of my exposé on Project Dogwaffle. PD Howler & PD Artist (same as Howler without the animation tools) are incredibly powerful. Before I forget, I want to remind you that, as is the case with all of my product/technology reviews, I have received no financial endorsements for this review. The PD Graphics suite empowers you to create incredible scenes with sculpted landscapes with a wide array of flora. And the software is straight forward to learn and use. Instead of sweating over technical software details, you will enjoy painting amazing art on your computer. PD Howler & Artist work well with a mouse and soar with a digital tablet. Before I discuss the features of this mighty graphics engine, I want you to view a Philip Staiger’s short demonstration/tutorial video for creating landscapes. Although this video teaches you to how to paint canyon landscapces, I want you to just watch the video. Why? Because the video demonstrates the power & ease of PD Howler/Artist for the novice. This demo was created with version 9.6 (the next previous version) but it is still relevant in terms of tools & functions. I just like this video because it provides an awesome example landscape creation. Feel free to fast forward throughout the video to view the different features.

 

With the tools available in PD Howler/Artist, one can digitally paint truly amazing art. Let’s look at the features:

Comprehensive Paint-First Environment

 PD Howler Desktop
Howler is first and foremost a natural media painter. Howler (& PD Artist) have an extensive suite of brush tools, from realistic oils and watercolor, to naturally simulated bristle brushes, and, of course, full digitizing tablet support.
 
 
 
 

Incredible Tools

PD Foliage Example

Explore the fantastic with unique tools, such as realistic foliage painting and scenery rendering. Howler is not only packed with high powered technology, but it’s also easy and fun to use.

  

 


BitMap Based

PD Bitmap Example

Other products use vectors, stacks of objects, or some hybrid approach, which can produce nice-clean results, but can also be overly sterile, or just too fiddly.

Howler is designed to smash pixels onto the screen fast, and let you blend, mix, and move them around as quickly and intuitively as possible.  It’s a workflow we call Burn & Go.


Great Video

PD Video 1PD Video 2

Don’t stop with a static image, because almost any filter can be animated.

You can also load AVI video, or a sequence of images, or just a portion of them, and edit them too.

 


Animation

PD Animation 3PD Animation 1

Howler also has a full set of tools for traditional animators.
Everything from exposure sheet to frame scanning is here.
Light table, or ‘onion skin’ lets you see prior and future frames just like the tools used in the big studios.
Non-photo blue pencil removal and cleanup tools help keep your art looking good!

A World of Fun!

Amazing Art
With howler, you can explore brave new worlds by turning your paintings into height map landscapes, complete with erosion, sediment, snow, and cloud systems.

 

 


Loads of Filters
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Howler contains a huge assortment of super fast, full featured filters, most of which can even be animated.
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About Kevin

Kevin is an engineer, physicist, and author. As a result, his creations span the globe. He has a knack for developing simple smart solutions to difficult problems. He is the creator of the MakeTrix. The MakeTrix fulfills Kevin’s lifelong dream. His dream is to provide free technical solutions to the world.

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