Today’s Art ( 9th November 2017)

Well, this was another digitally-edited painting that I made when I was feeling tired. I was in the mood for a sci-fi landscape painting and, although this painting looked less cyberpunk than I’d originally planned, I still really like how it turned out 🙂

As usual, this painting is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

"Mars" By C. A. Brown

“Mars” By C. A. Brown

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Making A Landscape Painting Using A Mouse And MS Paint 5.1 … Can It Be Done?

2017 Artwork MS Paint challenge article sketch

Well, the morning before I wrote this article, I happened to watch this astonishing Youtube video of someone painting a landscape (from a reference photo) using nothing more than a mouse and an old version of MS Paint.

Since I also have a mouse, an old version of MS Paint and several years of art practice, I was curious about whether I could do something similar myself.

So, in seven steps, here’s how I tackled this formidable challenge. You can click on any of the images to see a larger version, although they’re all fairly small (since I quickly worked out that painting in a small area would make it easier).

The reference photo is an old photo of the pier in Aberystwyth that I took in 2009. I also used it as the basis for a Japanese-style painting back in 2014.

Anyway, here’s how I got on with painting in MS Paint:

Step One: I shrank the source image and, unlike in the Youtube video, I decided to put it next to the space I will be painting in, since it allowed me to compare the two pictures instantly.

Step One: I shrank the source image and, unlike in the Youtube video, I decided to put it next to the space I will be painting in, since it allowed me to compare the two pictures instantly.

Step Two: I drew the basic line art using the "line" tool. At this point, the line art is still pretty rough.

Step Two: I drew the basic line art using the “line” tool. At this point, the line art is still pretty rough.

Step Three: I zoomed in on the image quite a lot whilst working on it. Like with the Youtube video, I also made heavy use of the 'pick color' tool to get the colours exactly right.

Step Three: I zoomed in on the image quite a lot whilst working on it. Like with the Youtube video, I also made heavy use of the ‘pick color’ tool to get the colours exactly right.

Step Four: Using the 'pick color' tool and the 'fill' tool, I filled in most of the colours.

Step Four: Using the ‘pick color’ tool and the ‘fill’ tool, I filled in most of the colours.

Step Five: I added more fine detail to the picture, as well as adding a few colours to areas that I'd missed during the previous step.

Step Five: I added more fine detail to the picture, as well as adding a few colours to areas that I’d missed during the previous step.

Step Six: I added more realistic shading to the picture. However, I couldn't really get the colour gradient on the sea or the sky quite right.

Step Six: I added more realistic shading to the picture. However, I couldn’t really get the colour gradient on the sea or the sky quite right.

Step Seven: After making a few small changes (eg: adding more shading to the pillar on the right), the picture was finally finished!

Step Seven: After making a few small changes (eg: adding more shading to the pillar on the right), the picture was finally finished!

All in all, this was a rather fun exercise and it turned out better than I expected, although it’s probably not really something that I’d want to do that regularly.

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Anyway, I hope that this was interesting 🙂

Today’s Art (22nd November 2015)

Well, I wasn’t really feeling as inspired as I’d hoped and, after a couple of failed attempts at making a cartoon-style painting, I eventually ended up making a fairly minimalist Ancient Egypt-themed silhouette landscape instead.

As usual, this painting is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

"Plains Of The Pyramids" By C. A. Brown

“Plains Of The Pyramids” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (8th November 2015)

Wow, this seems to be turning into an art series! Anyway, I was still in the mood for drawing random mountains and, well, today’s drawing turned out slightly better than yesterday’s one did 🙂

As usual, this drawing is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

"Mushroom Hills" By C. A. Brown

“Mushroom Hills” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (7th November 2015)

Note: My review of tonight’s episode of “Doctor Who” may be somewhat later than usual and it possibly may not appear until sometime tomorrow. Sorry about this. Anyway, here’s today’s painting.
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Well, I was still in the mood for making drawings of random mountainous landscapes and I’m quite proud of how this one turned out 🙂

As usual, this drawing is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

"Anvil Mountain" By C. A. Brown

“Anvil Mountain” By C. A. Brown