Soooo, which program do you use?
Mostly Photoshop CS2, occasionally Flash 8.
Is there any downsides with them?
The version of Photoshop that I use isn't really great at mimicking irl painting, in particular the way the paints blend and interact (or I haven't figured out how to do that yet) it CAN be a con if you let it, or you can learn to work with it.
As far as Flash 8 goes, it's great for vector work (and animation and other things) but Flash is pretty terrible at mimicking painting.
Why do you use it?
'Cause I have them. =3
Can't afford to buy a new program right now,
And are you satisfied with the results?
Pretty well satisfied, I've learned to work with the 'limitations' and use them to my advantage. I would LOVE to be able to use Painter and give it more of a whirl then I got from the limited trial but Photoshop works fine for me for now.