If you've ever used a PC, chances are you've played around with Microsoft Paint. Most people draw a tree or a sun and then feel like there isn't much more they can do. So they walk away forever. But if you stick with it for a decade, you can make some pretty cool stuff.
The image above was done entirely in MS Paint and it's the cover to a self-published picture book called Camp Redblood and The Essential Revenge written and drawn by Pat Hines. Here's the official overview.
Steve Clarkson thought being a counselor at Camp Redblood would be easy. That was before his young campers were viciously pranked by Camp Eagle, the local "supercamp" hell-bent on putting Redblood out of business. Now Steve must team up with a misfit Scout troop, led by the hot-tempered Leigh Carter, sneak into the enemy camp, and exact revenge. Standing in their way are haunted woods, treacherous trails, gruesome monsters, and an abandoned railway tunnel with an evil, blood-soaked history. Featuring an eclectic cast of awkward, inadequate heroes and psychotic, bullying villains, CAMP REDBLOOD AND THE ESSENTIAL REVENGE is a foul-mouthed summertime adventure for anyone who's ever had an impossible score to settle.
What the overview fails to mention is that every picture in the book was created in MS Paint.
If you're wondering why he chose MS Paint, he explains: “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…”
Just goes to show what a little persistence can do.