Mischief | free sketching & drawing software – Beginners Review

Mischief is sketching, drawing & painting software. Key features are the infinite canvas and the ‘window opacity’ option. This tool is great for sketching an existing object, to iterate, to sketch while watching your favourite series….

The free version has all of the essential tools, but you can also buy the full experience for just $25. You only need to pay this amount once. This includes more presets, working with layers and a full color palette.


Here I’m talking about the free version, using a wacom intuos pro.


Brush panel


The free version has 3 drawing tools: a pencil, a pen and a marker. You can change size and opacity. The size only goes to 30px, which seems very small to color in sometimes, but you can just zoom your canvas out. The marker size stays the same, zooming out ‘shrinks’ your paper so relatively you have a bigger marker.

Window opacity

Let’s talk about the opacity option:


Remember Ctrl+W. It will save your life. Ok, maybe not that extreme, but it is very very handy! By using this shortcut, the infinite canvas becomes transparant, like in the screenshot above. You can choose the opacity with a button on the toolbar.

For example:



Be sure to check how your drawing looks every now and then. Because your canvas lies on the picture, it’s sometimes unclear what is in the picture and what is in the sketch. While coloring, this gets even more confusing.

Infinite canvas


The infinite canvas is great! This picture is zoomed in on one of Bolts ears. As you can see, the edges of the brush stripes are still smooth and clear. That’s because it is a vector drawing, even though you sketch with brushes. Illustrator is an example of another vector drawing app.



The pictures save as *.art files. It is possible to export the visible canvas (so just what is shown on your computer screen) as a PNG, JPEG or PSD.


The toolbar and other features I didn’t mention here look similar to other drawing apps. It is really basic, with a basic and easy to use layout.

The Mischief website has a gallery, a blog and a support page. I haven’t had any problems yet, but the pre-made questions and answers look quite thorough.


Mischief is great for sketching and iterating. Also great to learn to draw, because you can draw over other pictures. You can use anything on your pc or the internet. So really: endless possibilities to get the right angle or look.

On the other side: the free version only has three brushes. Working with layers would also make drawing easier. Basically: if your fond of the infinite brainstorming canvas, you might want to think about purchasing the full version.

Overall, I’m definitely going to keep using this software because it’s just so easy to use and nifty.


Share your thoughts in the comments. Did you use Mischief before, or will you try it now? Let me know what you think! -M

To see other doodles I made, be sure to check my other posts.



11 thoughts on “Mischief | free sketching & drawing software – Beginners Review

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    1. I find it quite easy. But I use a pen tablet and I’m already used to it. If you don’t draw that much you probably won’t spend that much money on a pen tablet. So to answer your question: yes, it does help a lot if you have the right equipment. Maybe you can try to make a sketch from a picture just using your computer mouse, and let me know what you think?


  1. Hi, I’ve used a few drawing packages but I never heard of this one before. My previous fave was Manga Studio but now I use Krita because it works on Linux and is totally free. Have you tried Krita?

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      1. Enjoy!
        I also downloaded a free drawing package which is more suitable for graphic designers so I haven’t used it much. I can’t remember the name of it at the moment. I will try to remember to look for it when I get back on my laptop tomorrow.

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      2. I found it a bit tricky to use because of the unfamiliar interface, which is probably another reason why I didn’t use it much. There’s probably a stack of tutorials somewhere on their site or elsewhere on the Internet though. Have fun!

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