Fringe 365 Project – #293


This hat that Nina was wearing in “Brown Betty” is so fabulous! Doesn’t it look like a witch’s hat? It just bolsters my theory that Nina — like any woman of science — was Fringe’s resident sorceress. Love her. Love Blair Brown (who is really more beautiful off screen than when she was playing Nina).

In fact, I love Nina so much that I’m giving you even more of her. This is continuing yesterday’s discussion of touch sensitivity, iPads and the new software, Mischief, that I am playing with. I created the posted version of Nina and her hat completely in Procreate (an iPad app). Then I decided to do it over in Mischief, just to see what difference touch sensitivity really makes in my drawing. Here’s the basic sketch I did on my Wacom tablet, using Mischief (although I could have been using Photoshop and it probably would have turned out the same):


The chief advantage of Mischief over Photoshop, in my opinion, is the lack of bloat and the intelligent placement of the menus. I just find using Photoshop to be so effing dreary, maybe that’s why I have been avoiding using my tablet for anything. I really didn’t have to read any help files to start using Mischief (in fact, it doesn’t even come with a help file). The brushes are not customizable, and they’re very basic (I should think they will start selling brush packs eventually). There are also no layer blend modes. It’s really a drawing and coloring program. But it’s got some cool features, like a transparency mode — which is great for checking your drawing for proper proportions — and its chief “wow” feature, the infinite canvas. (Go to their website to read more about this feature)

However, because the brush sets are limited, unless I’m planning to be sketchy, I can’t see myself being able to use Mischief for everything. Fortunately, it can export as a Photoshop file, which enables you to create a transparent PNG which you can send to Dropbox and import into your iPad for further work. (It’s a little annoying that Mischief does not export to PNG natively)

Here’s Nina finished off in Mischief by itself. I find the lack of customizable brushes to make for not-quite-as-effective painting:


And here’s the same line work exported into the iPad and finished off with Procreate (this is different from the posted image, which was drawn and colored in Procreate alone):


I find the Procreate brushes to be a lot more effective and flexible than what Mischief currently has to offer. So, I see myself using Mischief mostly as a lightweight, convenient drawing tool that produces hopefully more dynamic linework that can be finished off in Procreate, Sketch Club or any of the other wonderful iPad apps I’ve come to know and love.