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Free vector-graphics program
Microsoft purchased the Creature House technology and development team in 2003. Creature House had an innovative vector-based illustration and graphics tool called Expression available for both MS Windows and Mac OS. Before Microsoft changes its mind, you might want to check it out, as Expression 3 is available as a free download at: www.microsoft.com/products/expression/
Expression has the features you'd expect in a vector-based illustration package, but in addition it has the ability to mimic brush, pen, pastel, wash and palette knife effects. In essence, you can create graphics that have the look of traditional media.
If you're on a tight budget and looking for a good drawing tool, check it out. But be warned, it is a 57 Mb download.