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Personal logo Saginaw Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member10 Nov 2014 3:21 p.m. PST

Over the last few years, I've taught myself how to draw (mostly architectural subjects) on Windows Paint. I'm guessing that that is probably one of the most simplest of programs to draw with, but what about "painting" a picture? Has anyone here ever attempted it with Windows Paint, or maybe another freeware program?

Thank you.

haywire Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2014 5:55 p.m. PST

I have seen people test out color schemes using photoshop and a picture of a white primed miniature.

Only Warlock Inactive Member10 Nov 2014 6:00 p.m. PST

Sure! I often use Photoshop, but if you really want a true paint effect (i.e it actually LOOKS like paint use Corel Painter. Even an older (and less expensive) version of it is astonishing.

Only Warlock Inactive Member10 Nov 2014 6:02 p.m. PST

This was executed in Painter, for examplw:


Only Warlock Inactive Member10 Nov 2014 6:03 p.m. PST

If you are looking for Freeware, try GIMP 2.

Personal logo Saginaw Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member10 Nov 2014 6:12 p.m. PST

Warlock, if that's what you did in Corel Painter, that's AMAZING! I've got Gimp 2, and I'd like to try and replicate the clown mural on the drive-in theatre screen tower in the pic below:

Nothing complicated. grin

Terrement Inactive Member11 Nov 2014 12:59 p.m. PST

Clowns are evil…even that one.

Mad Mecha Guy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Nov 2014 12:43 p.m. PST

Dear Saginaw

You can possibly save time if you crop out the screen from the picture, then use 'morph' the image so is squared off, then can repair or repaint more easily.



Personal logo Saginaw Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member12 Nov 2014 1:52 p.m. PST

Mad Mecha Guy, thank you very much for your suggestion! I'm familiar with that practice and have done that with a few projects before, but I desire to do this particular one from scratch, and I'll explain why.

I'm currently redrawing some drive-in theatre screen towers that I began last year, particularly those theatres that once operated in my general area. A few of these theatres had circus-themed murals painted on the screen tower consisting of a large clown head as the central theme, with varying subjects around it. No two murals looked alike, and I desired to recreate that in my "labor of love". As I mentioned earlier, all I have to work with is Windows Paint, Gimp, and IrfanView.

Mad Mecha Guy Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Nov 2014 1:15 p.m. PST

Try Inkscape: [ ] is vector art program which should be better for your needs.



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