Made with Mischief

Made with Mischief

Monday, 1 September 2014

Sketch, Create and Explore is what they told us to do… so we did. Feel the unbelievable responsiveness of drawing with Mischief and lose yourself in an infinite canvas. ID Studio, as an London based agency are now using Made with Mischief. Mischief helps us in planning, sketching and delivering creative concepts, which we then present to our clients. The infinite canvas gives us a unique way to plan and create, the responsiveness of the application is phenomenal. The first thing that struck us about Mischief was it’s clean, simple UI, along with uncluttered tools and navigation. The App is beautiful and took us no time at all to learn and get comfortable with.

Here are some key features of the product. Keep in mind that you can join the Mischief community and upload your artwork directly to Mischief.

Creative Freedom
Create artwork with extraordinary levels of detail and export at any size and resolution. Explore vast ideas on an infinite drawing canvas or create stories within stories within stories… the possibilities are endless.

Just Draw!
The closest feeling to actually sketching with pen and paper. Mischief’s unprecedented drawing performance delivers a natural experience that you have to try to believe. So easy-to-use, you don’t need a manual to get started. Just pick up your stylus and draw.

State of the Art – Yet Elegant
Mischief uses a revolutionary new stroke representation. Get the richness of pixel-based brushes and the scalability of vectors. Mischief handles a zoom range of 50 trillion to one, so artwork can grow organically without constraints.

Made With Mischief develops rebellious software for your creative side. They are dedicated to making simple, creative tools that inspire your inner artist.

They believe that great software should be invisible to the user. There are times when sophisticated tools and interfaces enhance your productivity – but there are also times when they get in the way. They want their applications to be the ones you go to when you just want to explore new ideas, to lose yourself and let your creativity take over.

Mischief was created because they believe that drawing with a computer can be as fun and powerful as drawing with pencil and paper. They believe that digital drawing shouldn’t require compromises; you don’t have to choose between pixels and vectors. With Mischief, you just open the application and start drawing.

As of November 13, 2014 Made With Mischief Inc, is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Foundry, with team members based in Boston, London and Shanghai.

Here is the story so far from the creator of Mischief

Journey to Mischief, A Note from Founder, Sarah Frisken
When I was 8 years old, my parents signed me and my sisters up for piano lessons. We’re a musical family, and it might have been a great gift, but these were group lessons and I was painfully shy so the lessons became my personal nightmare. Fortunately, my parents had the compassion to pull me out and enroll me in a painting class instead. I was one of only two children there but that class opened up a whole new world for me. I have loved drawing, painting, art, and being around artists ever since.

I took all the art courses offered at my high school as well as courses offered elsewhere on weekends and evenings, but I also had a great love for math and science. When it came time to decide what to study at university, I made the practical choice (if unconventional for a woman at the time) and enrolled in engineering. It wouldn’t be quite true to say I never looked back, but I’ve had an incredibly fulfilling career full of interesting challenges and opportunities as a researcher, scientist and engineer.

I continued to take art classes when I got the chance but, as is often the case, life intervened – the needs of your children come first and work that you love can be all-consuming – and my progress seemed to stagnate. Sometimes I would go for years without picking up a pencil to draw. Like many amateur artists, I often wondered why I was still trying. Yes, I enjoyed it, but my closet was stuffed with drawing pads full of work that I will never show anyone, let alone hang on a wall.

And then, a few years ago, I was given the opportunity to do a consulting project for Disney Research. I took leave from my position at Tufts University and began what became a four-year project to develop a new platform for digital drawing. During that time I was able to observe and work with incredibly talented artists, watching over their shoulders and asking lots of questions to help me understand what they needed. When the research project ended, I took a leap and founded a company with the goal of creating software for artists that was both high quality and accessible; thus Mischief was born.

Now we have begun a new step on this journey. I’m very excited to be working with The Foundry and with Chris Cheung and the other talented members on the Made With Mischief team. We are dedicated to the vision that everyone has a little bit of artist inside of them looking for an outlet and thus high quality, easy-to-use tools should be available and accessible to all. The move from a small, 1-2 person company to being part of The Foundry and Made With Mischief will allow us to provide better support for our users and to be more responsive to user requests. It will allow us to build new applications and reach more people while keeping the focus on our vision.

Working with so many talented artists during the past few years has been an amazing and fulfilling experience (if intimidating to my inner artist), and it has encouraged me to get back to my love of drawing and painting. Somewhere along the way I read Julia Cameron‘s The Artists Way and I have taken to heart the idea that if you want to be good at something, it’s important to do it every day – even when you don’t think you are getting anywhere. So yes, I am still drawing. And no, I still won’t show you the sketchbooks in my closet. But someday maybe, just maybe, I’ll submit something (anonymously of course) to the Mischief gallery. I look forward to seeing your work there too!

Sarah Frisken
Founder and Chief Scientist
Made With Mischief

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