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    Jul 29, 2017

    I Tried To Recreate Famous Paintings In MS Paint And Let's Just Say It Didn't Go Well

    It's the least I could do.

    You probably know this by now, but after haunting/blessing generations of artists and art lovers, MS Paint is going away (okay, not really, but the initial scare made me very emotional!) And yeah, Paint has always been the butt of the joke, but for many, it was their first digital art tool.

    swapnil_bs / Via Twitter: @swapnil_bs

    Before I was ever graced with the Adobe Creative Suite, all I had was MS Paint and a trackpad, and boy did I ever go to town on it.

    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed

    So here's my ode to you, Paint: I recreated works by the great masters of art on your humble application. (I used a tablet, but as you'll see, I really didn't gain an advantage from that.)

    I started with "Ophelia" by John Everett Millais. It's a classic! And I actually kind of liked my version too!

    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / John Everett Millais
    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / John Everett Millais
    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / John Everett Millais

    But after I finished that one, I realized I didn't have time to put the same amount of effort into all the others. You'll see a perfect example of that in my sad attempt at replicating The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo.

    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Michelangelo
    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Michelangelo
    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Michelangelo

    And it only got much, much worse from there.

    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Hieronymus Bosch
    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Hieronymus Bosch
    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Hieronymus Bosch

    But isn't that what MS Paint has always been about? Having the freedom to make extremely bad art without being judged?

    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Henry Fuseli
    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Henry Fuseli
    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Henry Fuseli

    This one started out okay, but it got so out of control that I ended up completely giving up on it.

    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Caravaggio
    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Caravaggio
    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Caravaggio

    Ugh. It makes me sad that actual time was spent on this.

    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Jan van Eyck
    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Jan van Eyck
    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Jan van Eyck

    Alright. I love you, Paint, but I can't do this anymore.

    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Vincent van Gogh

    But I'm still glad you're staying with us!

    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Vincent van Gogh

    But I'm still glad you're staying with us!

    Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed / Vincent van Gogh

    But I'm still glad you're staying with us!

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