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I get asked this a surprising amount of times. The short answer is “no” — there’s no reason to buy something if there’s an alternative that’s just as functional.
I just use an iMac/Macbook Pro as a matter of preference (fancy phrase for “I’m an extremely biased human being”). Many artists use off-the-shelf or custom-built PCs and are way better of an artist/person than I am.
Somewhat relevant friendly etiquette reminder: don’t hate on someone for using a computer you don’t use. I’ve had this happen several times by many different people, with them assuming I was too lazy/dumb to build a PC of my own (to say I haven’t built one is the world’s biggest lie) or didn’t own PCs (my two PCs have legit holo stickers, so you know my computers are as real as a punch to the face). Getting angry at me for what I prefer in computers is like hating on someone for drinking a different brand of soda. I have my reasons for liking Dr. Pepper more than Coke, but I do like a Coke now and then.
The ancient Mac vs. PC argument is invalid, anyways: everyone knows Linux is better.
Same goes for Photoshop: I use PS over PaintTool Sai (and Corel/Sketchbook Pro/Art Rage) because I secretly wish Adobe-kun would notice me and my cute new sailor skirt.
Or maybe it’s because Sai has no Mac support, can’t use above 4GB of RAM, can’t handle large files, and hasn’t updated its software in years (5 years for the English version, at least)— as much as I enjoy painting with it (and I realize that 99.9% of artists will never notice/care about these problems), I just can’t use it for my job. Trust me, I’d love to dump Adobe for a different developer… I just haven’t found the right match yet!
If you guys have any other burning art-related questions, let me know! I’d love to share my opinion, since who doesn’t love doing that? ;)
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