For years my favorite program for sketching, and drawing program has been Sketchbook Pro, and Photoshop. However, there is a new player in town called Mischief by a company called 61 Solutions, Inc. The most amazing thing about this program is not the fact that like sketchbook Pro it feels like you are drawing on paper, but the fact that is a Vector Program and not Raster/Bitmap like Sketchbook Pro or Photoshop, So you get the “the richness of pixel-based brushes AND the scalability of vectors”.
That is pretty amazing in itself, and useful because the ability to scale up a drawing that looks like you did it in photoshop without loosing quality is priceless. Great for storyboarding too!
The website to download a free trial of this amazing program is http://www.madewithmischief.com/index.html. The program costs $65 US and it is well worth it!
Just downloaded it at your suggesting. Love it so far! I actually found it to feel even more like natural pencil drawing then Sketchbook Pro. I think it draws beautifully. Only downside is it doesn’t have as many of the handy drawing tools that make SBP so great. But I’m gonna give it a fair run and see how it fairs on some full storyboards.
I know it is far from perfect and according to the website there will be some more features coming soon. It may not have all the bells and whistles that Sketchbook Pro has but I like it for it’s simplicity. 61 solutions wrote that you do not need a manual and I agree. The only thing easier than out of the box is MS paint. I would like to see a Lasso tool ( my only gripe is the lack of selection tools ) like the one in Photoshop and maybe a fill tool, maybe some simple filters. Have you noticed the Activate-see through window feature? pretty cool when you are boarding and referencing a vehicle or maybe even a character.
Anyways, I could not resist and I purchased it. Let me know what you think after really testing it out please.
Yup, been playing with the Activate-See Through tool, love it so far. It’s not too different from just making layers in Photoshop, but it’s really convenient to draw based on whatever your screen is. Love the pencil look, just wish it had a few more tools. Really great so far though.
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