Thank you! Painter's really good once you get into it and it's perhaps getting better with every upgrade. A lot it has to do with the backroom controls and settings, learning them can become tedious and frustrating(something that can easily be said about Photoshop too...) but the results are sometimes worth the time and effort!
Corel draw? that's a vector drawing program. If you go to Corel's official website you can download a full working version of Corel Painter 12 for a 1 month trial. It's really worth doing if your'e serious!