I lack any actual artistic talent. Though my recent fixation on Blender or GIMP is merely a representation of wishes for skills I lack, I still really dig art software like Art Rage 2. The features this program offers are pretty cool to my unskilled eye. They have a user gallery area to their forum so you can see what others are doing with the tool.
This is the homepage for ArtRage, the easy to use, stylish painting package that lets you get painting from the moment you open it up. You can paint with oils, sketch with pencils, sprinkle glitter, and more. You can paint with gold leaf, silver foil, and other metallic colors. You can even load in your photos as Tracing Images to help you recreate them as paintings.
For the professional user, ArtRage also offers multiple Layers for painting, and layered PSD document import and export so you can easily use it alongside your existing tools.
That image is something I snagged from the features page. It shows the brush options you have for different painting styles. If you get an urge to try out the program, it’s freely downloadable limited feature trial version and the full version only costs $20. In addition, they have a really slick tutorial to help you get going on the basics of Art Rage 2 use.