For laptop and PC owners who are relying on one of the Microsoft programs to run their computer systems, there is a neat accessory that many people don’t know about or don’t understand. The simple paint application found with Microsoft is actually a handy tool that you can use to help you learn how to draw anything your imagination thinks of.
What is Microsoft Paint?
With Microsoft Paint you are able to draw, color and edit a picture. Think of it like a digital sketchpad that can help you create a picture or creative project. It can even be used to add text and designs to your photographs that you have downloaded onto your computer.
You’ll find Microsoft Paint under accessories in the tool bar, or by clicking the start button, all programs and then accessories. Once opened, it will appear as an empty document, similar to a word document that has just been created with all of your tools located across the top of the page.
From here you can use a number of tools to help you create pictures. A pencil will work for example just like a real one would, except that you are controlling its movements through your mouse. You can even change its color in the tools menu or make it bolder for effect.
Why Use Microsoft Paint When Learning to Draw
A lot of learning how to draw realistically is figuring out how objects are proportioned and then putting that down on paper. For example, you may think you know what your dog looks like and can draw it well, but once you start most people find that the distances between key features is off. With Microsoft Paint you can experiment with those differences freely without wasting a ton of paper.
It is also extremely helping in developing your skill at changing expressions on people and animals. Going back to your dog, say you wanted to capture that moment when he is zapped by your wireless pet containment system. You can practice raising the eyes, and opening the mouth on the face to portray that momentary surprise. You can also practice abstract concepts, like drawing your dog as if he is wistfully looking past the best wireless dog fence in your yard to make his way past it. Here you can play with an entire drawing, adding a street and maybe a cat on the other side that the dog is trying to chase. For an animated picture you could even use small lightening bolts coming out of the ground to show the perimeter of the wireless pet containment fence.
What makes Microsoft Paint so great is its simplicity. You are able to draw, paint and erase at will and even save and print successes to reference to when you are ready for the real thing. Since your PC likely already has the program installed, why not take advantage of it to further your skills as an artist.