Early morning doodling with Mischief

I love the early morning for just relaxing with a sketch. The best sketches for me are the real brain dumps.

I woke this morning thinking of lizards and spiders which is probably why their shapes appear in this sketch.

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I used Mischief to sketch the shapes and apply the shading then exported to .psd such that I could apply a Multiply blend in Photoshop to the lowest layer.

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It’s not so much that I’m looking for anything in these doodles, more that I just want to wake my brain up. I guess it’s a little like your mind wandering when you’re driving. Probably not such a great thing to admit but I do it frequently. When my subconscious mind is focused the creativity starts to flow!

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Concept art for a children’s picture book about a pet dinosaur

I’m currently working with a children’s author to bring a fantastic story about a young boy and his pet Tyrannosaur to life. I’ve used Mischief to form the concepts and Corel Painter to produce the finished work.

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Book cover concept drawn with Corel Painter

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Concepts created using Mischief

I think it’s fair to say that some of those pieces won’t feature :) Great fun creating them though.

I used the T-Rex from Jurassic Park as reference for the more detailed / less cartoon-like shots. I guess if you’re going to have a dinosaur as a pet you really should have the most fearsome of all!

We’re hoping to have the work completed and self-published for christmas.

Digital sketching with Mischief and Wacom Cintiq

For the digital sketcher there really is no finer tool than Mischief, in my opinion. It’s inexpensive, lightweight and packed with the drawing power to produce quality visuals that scale beautifully due to its use of vector rendering.

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I’ve written about the merits of cartooning with Mischief before.

My early morning ‘warm up exercises’ generally involve writing or drawing based on first thoughts as I wake. Coffee fuelled scribbling is a favourite dawn activity of mine and I frequently turn to Mischief.

It’s fast, reliable and completely flexible for the artist that just wants to ‘dive in’ and draw.

Today I drew Llamas. Not randomly I hasten to add but as part of a client’s project for a children’s picture book. It’s a fun story and the Llama that stars is a pretty funny if decidedly laid back character.

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For these sketches I drew from a simple reference photo that I’d found on the internet.

On Mac you can hit Cmd+W and Mischief drops into a semi-transparent mode. You can still draw but it shows the window beneath such that you can use it for reference – or trace if you’re so inclined. A neat feature and something I’ve used a great deal.

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Semi transparent mode in Mischief

On iMac ( I can’t comment for Windows) there’s little difference to firing up Mischief and drawing in under 3 seconds than opening up a sketchbook and finding a blank page.