With the price of professional art software running into many hundreds of dollars, it can be a bit disheartening for artists who want to get stuck into digital art without completely blowing the budget. Sometimes, such as when you're an arts student and need to learn the standard packages for your industry, there is really no option but to save up and buy a Corel or Adobe suite. But if you just want to create some artwork, there are some very good free and low cost options available to you. Don't be tempted to go hunting for license keys for art programs or illegal free downloads - apart from breaking the law and acting unethically, the chances are you'll end up with a computer virus. I'm a bit of a geek but no software expert (that's Sue Chastain's and Jacci Howard Bear's job!) - so I'm not going to get all techy about it. Instead I've listed a few programs that I've used myself and liked, and feel that I can give a nod of approval to as affordable, easy to download and install, and easy to use. So check out this selection of Drawing Programs and Art Software and try one today!