A Short Documentary on Creative Commerce.

If you work in any creative field you need to watch this. And by creative field I ma not limiting that to “The Arts”. This is a very nice, spot on documentary short from Eskimo that touches on so many things that surround creativity, and creative commerce.

61 Solutions “Mischief” for Digital Artist Everywhere.

I am always on the look out for digital painting and sketching tools to add to my arsenal. 61 Solutions launched Mischief last month which is a vector based painting and drawing application that looks pretty slick.

Using both pixel-based brushes and the scalability of vectors, Mischief give you infinite zoom, and scalability, without loss of detail. This combined infinite canvas size makes this a pretty powerful tool for digital artist. With a cost of $129.00 it hits a sweet spot giving you big features while not breaking the bank. You can try it for free for 15 days before you have to commit to buying which is an added plus for those on a budget. Below is a list of some key features of Mischief.

Mischief Features:

Infinite Definition

Mischief uses a revolutionary new stroke representation. Get the richness of pixel-based brushes AND the scalability of vectors. Zoom in to any size and get a PERFECT edge. Export at ANY size and resolution.

Infinite Canvas

Mischief has a truly infinite canvas. Your artwork can grow organically without constraints. There is no need to preset paper sizes or resolutions or to resize the canvas during drawing.

Unprecedented Zoom

Mischief handles a zoom range of 50 trillion to one. Create artwork with extraordinary levels of detail or draw a story, within a story, within a story … the possibilities are endless.

Highly Responsive

Mischief exploits the massive parallelism of today‘s GPUs. Get unprecedented performance even for very complex artwork. Scale, pan, and rotate in real-time without compromising quality.

Small File Sizes

Mischief files are smaller than comparable Photoshop and Illustrator files. Sharing high resolution artwork has never been so painless.

No Manual Required

Get started instantly; just pick up your stylus and draw. Pen and paper styles, tool selection, layers, and all the essentials are right at your finger tips. No complex menus or hidden features.

Career Choices, and Work Experiences.

Not everyone finds a job, or career, that they truly love doing. Something they are passionate about. Something that allows them to be creative, and passionate about what they get to do everyday. If you do, count your blessings and be happy. I’m one of the fortunate ones. I love my career.  I get to make something new and exciting every single day.

“Your relationship with work is largely determined by your past. Think back to every job you’ve ever had. Every hobby. Every time you were excited about something you had created. Everything points you somewhere.

By looking back at our relationship with work, we can make much more confident decisions about our future.”

Music: Mahalo by Ratatat
Instructors: Dennis Crowe and Michael Vanderbyl

Thrash Lab Presents Light Painting Artist: Darren Pearson.

If you haven’t heard of Thrash Lab, it is a YouTube project produced in part by Ashton Kutcher. If you get a chance, click through to the YouTube page and spend some time watching these short films. They are well shot, well edited, compelling stories that explores cultural trends and encourages creativity. A great example of what Kutcher and his crew are doing is the video below of artist Darren Pearson. Pearson is a mixed media artist that combines, photography and light painting to create his images. Take the two and a half minutes to give it a watch, and then check out some of the other videos that Thrash Lab has produced.


Creativity is Not Necessarily Pain Free.

Here is a two minute short film on creativity by Psychotherapist and founder of creativity coaching, Eric Maisel, PhD. While this little video focuses on the idea of writing a novel, the reasoning here applies to all creative activities. As Maisel says, “Creativity in our lives is the primary motivator, but not necessarily pain-free.”

Agile Creativity from Google.

If you are a software or web developer you are probably familiar with Google’s “Agile” system of development. If you are in the creative department, you probably aren’t. Google has plans to change all of that with one of their latest ventures “Agile Creativity“, where they take the best Agile practices and apply them to agency workflows.

There are 7 tips and tools on the Agile Creativity homepage that you can apply to your creative process right now, and if you dive deeper into the site there are planning tools, a research library, facts, forums and testimonials that will help your creative team move at the pace of digital as well.

Some of this feels like common sense, some of it is a new approach to creative development. All of it is good to review even if you are using Agile practices in your creative firm right now.

Monday Inspiration on Tuesday. “Why Do We Create”.

WordPress can be a frustration beast at times, especially when you are trying to embed video. Then again, today is my Monday since I was traveling yesterday, so maybe it’s just a case of user error.

Anyway, the image below links to a video on Adobe’s Inspire Magazine website. The video is about “Why We Create”, and since today is my Monday this post is Monday Inspiration on Tuesday.

Why do we do it, how does it work, why does it matter? A broad range of creative professionals — including designers, actors, artists, and ad-men — reflect on the creative process. Why do you create?