In early 2003 software engineer and
artist, Ken Carlino, disillusioned with the current
graphic software that was available set out to create
a digital pastel program for his personal use. Upon
completing the first private version of this program
it was obvious that the underlying brush engine was
something special and unique in the field of digital
art. It was then decided to widen the scope of the program
to cover the range of natural artist media and make
it available for sale.
Pixarra was founded in July of 2003 by Ken Carlino
as a privately owned software company with a goal to
create digital art tools that are both fun and easy
to use and to leverage the power of technology to remain
agile and profitable company every year. The first
product offering was Pixarra Sketchbook 1.0. and was
sold with a lifetime license for the early adopters.
Over the next 5 years Pixarra Sketchbook was renamed
to TwistedBrush and later to TwistedBrush Pro Studio.
With the introduction of the Brush Effects system in
version 2.3, the brush engine in TwistedBrush became
arguably the most powerful and versatile digital paint
system in existence. Add in the general image editing
and photo editing features and TwistedBrush has become
a well rounded digital art powerhouse.
In 2009 Pixarra was incorporated and became Pixarra
Inc. The focus and mission remains the same and the
flagship product of TwistedBrush Pro Studio continues
to carry the company forward. Ownership of Pixarra Inc
remains with Ken Carlino whom is both President and
CEO, and on a daily basis digs in at the lowest level
Today TwistedBrush Pro Studio continues to receive
aggressive updates and improvements both as refinements
to existing features and introducing new way to create
art and edit images of all types.