Best Software for Illustrating Children's Books
Hello ~ I'm just getting started in digital art and would like to know the best software to purchase. I'm looking for a more creative/real-life artist experience (perhaps like Corel Painter) and less technical or more geared for photography (like Photoshop). All my searches lead me to the least expensive choices but I really just want to know what is the best overall software -- for now and to allow me to grow in the future? So we'll say -- what's the best choice regardless of cost?
I would like to be able to play with all sorts of artistic styles but my main goal is to be able to illustrate children's books.
I would prefer a program with a somewhat friendly learning curve so I can get started quickly. If there were tutorials to help me learn online, that would be a bonus.
I already own a basic Wacom tablet.
I'd very much appreciate your suggestions. Thank you.