Microsoft Paint will always hold a special place in my heart. If I’m remembering this correctly, every computer in the 1990s had approximately five programs: Paint, Word, MineSweeper, AOL (if you were rich) and SkiFree (shouts to the Abominable Snow Monster). When I wasn’t firing off “A/S/L?” in chatrooms like it was my job, I used to spend many hours after school designing crude album covers and fake concert fliers for my family band (we were like Hanson, minus the hair and talent) and inserting the heads of celebrities onto stick figures, because why not. Then Photoshop came along and rendered poor MS Paint moot.
But some people resisted Photoshop’s technological advances and kept it old school, like author Pat Hines. And it wasn’t for lack of trying; Pat Hines is just dogshit at Photoshop. “I suck at Photoshop and other programs, and have worked exclusively in Microsoft Paint for over 10 years,” he told Bored Panda. “I honed my craft working long overnights at a hospital reception desk.”
When it came time to illustrate his ebook, Camp Redblood and the Essential Revenge, Hines slaved away in Paint—and the results are seriously impressive. Check out some of his insanely detailed artwork below:
To see the rest of Hine’s illustration’s, check them out here.
I mean, yeah, these are dope. Respect. But all I’m saying is had my brilliant flier touting the ‘99 sold-out performance of the ZAM band (Zachary/Andrew/Michael) in my parents’ basement not been lost to the annals of time, I bet the Internet would be freaking out about it today, too. Groundbreaking stuff.