Microsoft’s free Paint program is often used to draw intentionally bad doodles on internet photos.
And while those doodles can be hilarious, that doesn’t mean Paint can’t be 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.
Boston-based artist Patrick Hines has created some amazing images using MS Paint. This is a poster-style painting inspired by the new 'Star Wars' film.
Hines did a series around Harry Potter, including this scene from 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows.'
Here's another one from the Harry Potter series created by Pat Hines. The whole image was created in MS Paint other than the print on the gravestones, which Hines used Photoshop to slant.
This is from Hines' forthcoming novel, which he describes as a summer camp cross between 'Animal House,' 'Friday the 13th,' 'Dazed and Confused,' and 'Harry Potter.'
Here's an extremely meta painting of Microsoft founder Bill Gates through MS Paint. Hines said he uses his computer mouse for every single painting he creates.
Hines says that 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.
Hines starts out by laying down some simple shapes in MS Paint, and then colours them and enlarges the image for a higher resolution. The scene below is based on Peter's Hill in Boston.
Hal Lasko, also known as the Pixel Painter, created a bunch of beautiful MS Paint paintings at age 98. He created images like this despite suffering an eye condition that severely limited the center of his field of vision.
Lasko started out as a graphic designer, working in the military to draft maps during World War II. His family gave him a computer for his 85th birthday, which is how he got into MS Paint. Lasko passed away on July 6, 2014, at the age of 98.
This fantastically detailed image of a calm river flowing through a village was created in MS Paint.
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