Stop bashing MS Paint! One 97-year-old uses it to make beautiful digital paintings

Microsoft Paint gets a lot of flack due to its basic set of features—in fact, it’s about a basic as graphics apps come (hey, what do you expect for a freebie app that comes on every Windows PC?). That didn’t stop 97-year-old Hal Lasko from making some downright incredible digital paintings with it.

In an eight-and-a-half-minute video, Hal describes how he started with painting in MS Paint, and how he woke from a dream then “went to the computer to see if I could do what I dreamed I could do.” Hal is no stranger to art and design—he is a retired graphic artist, and would actually hand-draw typefaces for use in various print forms.

The Pixel Painter from The Pixel Painter on Vimeo.

Even more incredible? Hal suffers from macular degeneration, so his vision is poor. Take a few minutes out of your day to watch the video, then visit his site where you can see more examples of his work and buy prints of his digital paintings. You may never look at Microsoft Paint the same way again.

[Hal Lasko, Vimeo via Gizmodo]

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