Grumpy Pony is grumpy
So - ldragoon
asked for a review of Mischief after I finished my 15 day trial period. The above pony bust of my RP character is the only thing I feel comfortable showing the outside world. More due to my own lack of skills in the digital realm than any programs or tool. That, and I forgot to export some of the others before my trial period ran out. Doh!
While not the end all be all of art programs, it has a lot going for it in it's simplicity. It has all the basic tools and commands, layers, cut/past, rotate, undo/redue, industry standard hot keys, ect. It's very much designed to simply jump in with both feet and go for it.
UI wise, there is nothing new here. But what is available is well thought out and quickly understood without having to rely on hover-overs to explain what the different icons mean. No more hunting through menus to find the exact command you want. If it's not on the tool bar, it's a simple hotkay.
As is, it is very much designed with a tablet or Cintiq monitor in mind. If you are trying to do art with a mouse, this program is not for you. However, the response of the stylus is wonderfully light. In most other programs (with the same settings on the input device) I'd have to really bear down to get the line pressure I wanted. Not so in Mischief. In fact, I've found I had to decreases the pressure sensitivity from my standard else everything will come out the same heavy weight.
However it's joyful simplicity comes with a cost. It truly expects everything to be done by slopping paint around the screen. No custom brushes beyond what is provided, filter effects and tightly controlled selection tools are non-existent, beyond the standard layer transparency levels, there is no other layer effects that can be applied. I am finding myself, that I miss having a brush target recital (that changes size with pressure). Also- while it does indeed have an export function that exports any resolution you want the trial version only could export JPGs and PSDs. I do not know if other file formats are supported with the full version. As for Import, it can only bring in JPG files.
Also, while working I discovered that the brushes sizes are not dependent on current zoom level. So, if I started with a brush size, then zoomed in, I'd have to increase the size to maintain the same line weight. If I didn't and wasn't working on fine detail to begin with, I'd zoom back out to find a thin alieness to the section I just worked on in comparison to the rest of the piece. This is not a bad thing, more of a "know your tools" thing to keep in mind.
For me at least, I really like this program. I'm a big one for simple palettes and simple tools and this hits all the right buttons for me. With that said, my digital art still sucks. No program can help that. After all, the tools are only as good as the user. Only practice, practice and more practice will have a change of fixing my skill level.
So in the end, I'm trying to figure out how to save up the $60.00+ for the program, amongst all the other new/update programs I'd like. ^.^;