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Cucumber painted in PD Artist by Attila Kohl

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Painting done with PD Artist 1:

Please note: PD Artist 7 is here!

This current page is about PD Artist 1, which dates back a few years to when PD Pro 3.2 was created. If you want to learn about the newest version, go to these pages:

  • PD Pro Howler - PD Artist 7 is built from PD Howler 7.2 (PD Pro 7.2 Howler)

::: What is PD Artist 1 ?

PD Artist 1 is an entry-level digital drawing and paint software program for PC running Windows, powered by  Project Dogwaffle. The current version is based on a subset of PD Pro 3 (roughly at the stage of v3.2 with a bunch of features removed to make it simpler and easier to download). Here's an example of nature painting in a timelapse replay:

Timelapse animation of 20-minute
Nature painting & dabbling with PD Artist

click image above to play video or click here for higher resolution

It's a great companion to your existing other, popular paint shop or photo editing tools and image editors, free image viewers, and of course also for 3D tools. It is also an excellent way to try something new without going broke: For just about the cost of a good meal, you can get and try PD Artist.

Is this your very first real digital painting program? If you like it, you might later want to move up to PD Pro 3.5 or 4 and beyond. We offer great discount coupons so you don't spend the money again which you already did. Just contact us if you have questions.

Using Windows Vista? Windows 7?
Please note that PD Artist was not designed for Vista, but because it's based on Visual Basic and Microsoft's "it just works" policy for VB applications under Vista, the good news is that there's a good chance it will work just fine on your version of Vista especially with latest service packs and VB runtimes.. Give it a try, and check more details here.

You may want to disable desktop composition, enable WIndows XP compatibility, or run as Administrator. There are many ways to configure Windows, your mileage may vary. It may work just fine right out of the box, or you may want to improve the experience with some slight tweaking.

While PD Artist isn't as full-featured as PD Pro (and in some ways even than the earlier version 2.1b of Project Dogwaffle), it still has a tremendous number of features and tools, as you can see in this screenshot with many of its floating palettes and tools open:

                          of PD ARtist with many of its tools exposed
(click for larger image)

The interface is fully customizeable. The above display is a bit unusual and not meant to imply a particular way of using PD Artist. More likely, you'll open floating tool palettes only as you need them, to maximize the available screen and image size.

There's also a little bit of animation capability, but the main focus is on digital painting and making it fun and as fast as realtime. But you can certainly combine the two uses: matte painting on image sequences, for example.

Latest News:
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Now with 3D Designer and new Orbicles brushes
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Using Windows 7

Brush effects

digital painting brush effects

digital painting:
the Cucumber

Cucumber painted in PD Artist by Attila

Free addons:

The River, by Dan
gallery: the River

PD Artist under Windows Vista

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PD Artist on a Mac?


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Calm in the Cove
Nature painting by Frank Rodgers

::: PD Artist 1 vs. PD Pro 3.2 - What's Different?

PD Pro  is where you really, eventually will want to be, once you've come to realize what fun already lies in PD Artist and yet how much more can be done with PD Pro (which is also ready for use under Vista). It's not that much more expensive to go Pro, but it can still be a stretch for some starving artists, students and retirees/hobbyists. Therefore we made PD Artist as a first way into the wonderful world of digital painting with Project Dogwaffle.

You can find a demo/trial version for free downloading of PD Pro in the Demozone

For additional details on more recent releases and their features, see here

Note: After we receive your order, you will see an email containing a discount coupon which you can use in case you wish to upgrade to PD Pro thereafter. The coupon can be used to recoup most of your original cost from PD Artist.

The table below is a brief summary, and of course there's more to it. PD Pro continues to evolve at a faster pace, with more tools and speed enhancements coming regularly, even from 3rd-party developers making plugins.

PD Artist

PD Pro

Natural media tools

Custom brushes

Animated brushes

Custom brush store&manager


just 1 (Swap Buffer mixing)

Unlimited #'s

60+ formats

Image browser

Batch processing

Twain input




Scan frames

Stroke player

Exposure sheet

Brush keyframer

Cut/copy/paste frames

Time stretch

Video fields support

Realtime playback

Particle painting

Particles w/shrinking lines

Particles w/Alpha

Particles w/Forcefields

Particles w/Age Decrementing

Post process brush fx

Tablet controls size

Tablet controls opacity

Alpha Channel


Animation Light table (onion skins)

Timeline editor with Animated Filters

Load/Save animation as AVI

Load/Save animation as image file sequence

Free LUA scripting Plugin

Penny Plugin for enhanced Cartooning &  Line art


::: Recommended System Configuration:
  • Operating System: Windows XP recommended. Earlier versions may also work, such as Windows 98 or 2000, but have not been tested as much. Still, they should work ok. If you are on a Mac/Intel you should be able to run your Windows CD under Parallels for Mac
  • System Memory:  at least 128 MB RAM available, preferably 256 MB or more recommended. 
  • Disk Space: 20 MB 
  • Graphics: a  video card set to 1024x768 or higher resolution, and 24-bit or better (truecolor) depth. No  3D acceleration needed,  all display rendering is done in software and with MMX and through GDI.
  • Processor Type: MMX-enabled Intel Pentium 2/3/4 type or AMD equivalent, 1 GHz speed recommended, although it has been seen to work satisfactorily on slower processors too. One of our tests was successfully done on a Windows 95 SR2  based K6 MMX system at 200 MHz with just 64 MB RAM ! but as you can guess, it was no fun....

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Simply draw outlines & shapes and see them automagically turn into fully textured 3D shapes!

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PD Artist is available as a download of about 9 MB - it is offered for only $4.99 USD. 

To purchase PD Artist,
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Got a Mac?
Want to Paint and Draw with PD Artist on a Mac?

If you have one of those new Macs based on Intel processors (also known as the Mac/Intel), then you can run Windows and Linux on it too. There are several solutions for this, such as:
to name a few. Oh, and there's also some free solutions based on Wine HQ - Please nore that we have not tested all of them, and we don't know if all are suitable for you, based on your system configuration, performance and budget. Some of the above mentioned products are free, some require a Windows Installer CD, some don't.... do your comparisons, get the facts, and take your pick.

::: Legal

PD Artist and Project Dogwaffle are trademarks of Dan Ritchie. Windows Vista is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. All other names, trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned here are the sole property of their respective owners and only used for identification purposes. No endorsement or other support  is intended or implied.