So I’ve been scripting again for my long hiatused comic Hairpin (woot it has an ending now which it didn’t before because silly me decided to just wing it!)
It’s been a long time since I did any drawing for it, so I’ve been delving back into character sheets just to make sure my characters still look the same now I can draw marginally better. I was doing them bald to concentrate on the unique face shapes being the character signifier and not so much the hairstyle, but when I decided to check if the hair worked I didn’t realise quite how big Reev’s hair is!
Mostly I’m sharing because I don’t know when Hairpin will be back on screens near you, but it will be there! And it will have an ending. But I’m doing it properly this time and not rushing ahead to the art and forgetting to work out how the story ends!
Some hairpin from my sketchbook. Not actual story or page layout, I was just having lulz with boxes.
Close ups from my short comic “The Rat” - comic
Months ago I discovered a comic art competition, planned an entry then reread the rules and realised I’d planned it the wrong orientation (stupid me) and then I lost interest in redoing it.
I forgot about the contest until earlier, and when I looked it up again and found out the deadline is tomorrow.. 17 hours time to be precise. Something insane inside me triggered an idea, and I was going to just go “oh well.. maybe next year” before the artist in me said “no you have an idea and 17 hours. Screw Sleep you can do this. You’ll regret it otherwise.”
And so here I am.
How to spend a Saturday Night AKA An Investigation into Mischief
A short review on Mischief
The actual technology and drawing space and idea to infinitely zoom and draw intuitively is astounding. The brushes make beautiful lines and with a tablet it’s really intuitive to draw and you can get in really close and add those little details.
Sadly as version 1 there’s a lot severely lacking in the program which I find less intuitive. The navigation between tools and zooming is clunky and annoying when I want to rapidly move in and out of the image to see what I’m up to.. selecting and moving parts of a drawing to “fix” it is limited to a box shape and it’s not very obvious to work out how it works and the program lacks any flood fill or text capabilities.
While I have really enjoyed using Mischief like a giant sketchbook piece of paper to keep expanding outwards I would find it difficult to compose and work on an actual illustration in a box without just doodling a huge sprawling mess then selecting an area of it.
Oh and it only exports to jpg…
In conclusion I probably won’t buy this program once my trial is up, but I will be keeping an eye on this technology, I think it can only go upwards from here and it’s a major breakthrough to digital drawing without the peskiness of pixels or nodes.