17 stunning works of art created using only Microsoft Paint

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A scene from ‘Harry Potter’ illustrated in Microsoft Paint. Pat Hines (via DeviantArt)

On Monday, news broke that Microsoft is planning to end support for MS Paint later this fall. 

For the first time since it was introduced 32 years ago along with Windows 1.0, the program won’t receive any future updates. 

Over the last decade, Paint has come back to prominence by users who draw intentionally bad doodles on internet photos.

And while those doodles can be hilarious, that doesn’t mean Paint hasn’t been used for something much more impressive.

In fact, dozens of artists have used it to craft amazingly detailed works of art.

From celebrity portraits to beautiful skylines, here are some of the most creative paintings made in MS Paint.

Lisa Eadicicco contributed to an earlier version of this story.

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title=”Hines says his artistic process has evolved over a period of 10 years or so. He started by just doodling with a mouse while working an overnight job. This is of the Arnold Arboretum in Boston.”
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title=”A brief search on YouTube will bring up tons of impressive Microsoft Paint videos, such as this Santa Claus drawing by user Eclectic Asylum Art.”
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Morgan Freeman I made in MS Paint (step-by-step in comments)


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My new MS Paint painting of Randy Savage


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Luke Skywalker I made in MS Paint (steps found here http://imgur.com/a/3Jtax#35)


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