The Artist Who Spent 10 Years Mastering Microsoft Paint To Illustrate His Book


Turns out, sometimes our resistance to learn something new and master a new skill can lead to something pretty amazing. Pat Hines, who couldn’t be bothered to learn Photoshop and illustrated his ebook using good old Microsoft Paint, is the proof. That’s why when it came to choosing the program to create illustrations for his novel Camp Redblood And The Essential Revenge, he looked no further and just went for something he was already good at.

If you still have doubts about Hines using some other program, he suggests you to either download the pictures, and zoom in for a closer look, or go to his Deviantart page where he documents how he makes similar art in step-by-step pics


“I suck at Photoshop and other programs, and have worked exclusively in Microsoft Paint for over ten years…”

“…I honed my craft working long overnights at a hospital reception desk…”

“…Then decided to write and self-publish an e-book about a summer camp set in the 1980’s…”

“…a summer camp surrounded by ghosts and monsters…”

“…and filled with goofy campers and counselors, where the teenagers are always trying to get drunk or laid…”

“…and getting into trouble…”

“…and breaking into rival camps to carry out elaborate revenge schemes…”

“…and not always succeeding.”

The book is called Camp Redblood And The Essential Revenge

Here are some of his other works he made using MS Paint.

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