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Old 04-13-2009, 09:08 AM
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Real fun with ms paint

Hi all. I found some real fun with Microsoft paint. It is so primitive, that it becomes a challenge. But my daughter has been making old classic rock album covers using Microsoft paint. She then submits them to [email protected] From there, it goes to a couple of college kids who are cataloging and critiquing the efforts. Some turn out great, so much that you can't believe they were done in paint. Others of course, look much like a childs work. I made a few also, and its really fun.
One more thing, if these kids reach 2000 album covers by the end of the year, they will get shown in a gallery in Manchester UK. They have 1000 now, so if you want a guaranteed spot in a gallery showing....Anyway, its good fun. There is also a website with all the finished items. paintmyalbum.com

Here are some of mine:

I will try to post one my daughter made, she has a few that look like photos.
You wont believe it.

Give it a try!!!!
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:18 AM
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Re: Real fun with ms paint

here are my daughters:

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Old 04-17-2009, 08:33 AM
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Re: Real fun with ms paint

Highly impressed by the output of these images using such basic tools. Really great work. I would advice you to polish your daughter's skills, show her some appreciation for her good work, so that she is motivated!
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:13 PM
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I had to respond to this thread after seeing it as a recent post in the forums.

Wow! Excellent artwork here, especially considering how difficult Paint is to use - it is almost entirely "pixel by pixel" without any real blending tools, no layers, etc.

Still, Microsoft Paint was my first art tool... I remember being so happy when I finally had access to more than 16 colors, or even more than 256 colors!

Years ago (when I was a teenager), I painted a series of fantasy-based paintings using Microsoft Paint. Then, years later, I touched them up with Photoshop Elements (blending, better lighting, etc.), so sadly they no longer classify as "pure" Paint art, but they all originally started in Microsoft Paint.

I've attached one such example - I hope nobody feels that I'm derailing the thread since I think it would be interesting to see what folks have produced in Paint. Before the real art tools came out for the computer, everyone must have fiddled with it at one time or another...

Anyway, it is a fantasy landscape of some ruined world far away: a crumbling fortress surrounded by an ancient, blasted battlefield; and yet, new life emerges as time passes. I know it won't win any awards, but aside from the blending touchups done years later, it is a good example of what a bored teenager can produce in Paint during summer vacation.


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Old 04-18-2009, 10:50 PM
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Re: Real fun with ms paint

That's pretty cool.
I have the pictures to prove it...

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Old 04-19-2009, 08:32 AM
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I do like that!! thanks
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:16 PM
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Re: Real fun with ms paint

So many people think good MS paint work requires "pixel by pixel". Not saying mine is great, but it is not done that way. And yes, blending, halftones and such are possible. Just not the way most would think. The one I'm attatching, I completed in about an hour & half. I had to downsize it so much to post it here, that the detail & quality are going to suck, but you'll get the idea.
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Re: Real fun with ms paint

If you are posting artwork, you might consider posting in the Digital Art forum.

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