Fairwell MS Paint!

This morning I read some tragic news. MS Paint is dying.

One of my earliest memories of using the Windows operating system was as a child at school. In the computer lab in my elementary school we had some Windows 3.1.1 networked PCs. They were likely IBM clones, as most PCs were back then, and used 5.25 inch floppy disks which were endlessly amusing to flop around when you are young.

The first thing I did on that computer was launch MS Paint and scribble out a crude work of art. Knowing myself it was likely of a penis with some balls (I have never had a very mature sense of humor, after all.)

I fell in love with computers as a child and my life has been guided by that love ever since. I would not have ended up working in IT or having my current life at all if not for my early love of computers. I can’t help but think a lot of the charm that I fell in love with came from creativity apps like MS Paint which were built into the system on every single PC. So when I found out today they are getting rid of this classic windows feature that I love it saddened me.

Of course MS Paint has had another large impact on my life by way of Paint Comic. The whole idea of that comic originally was to help me get out of a creative slump. I am an endless perfectionist when it comes to creativity which has resulted in me starting hundreds of projects that I have never even come close to finishing as I can never get it “just right.” Paint Comic was my answer to try to end that cycle of bad behavior. I set out to create something I could do on a daily basis that would not take me more than 15-30 minutes to create from start to finish. I think the first comic I did took me around 5 minutes to complete (and it shows.)

The original

The comic was created in MS Paint so I went with the lazy title of “Paint Comic” surprisingly some Google searching at the time indicated that nobody else was using that name so it became mine.

While I never ended up doing the comic daily (other than maybe for the first few days) I did keep coming back to it over time as it was nice to be able to make something and have no obligation to myself to make it be good. Over time I did fall back into the trap of trying to make it actually have quality and not surprisingly that is around the time I stopped making it altogether.

While I would like to say that I continued to use MS Paint to create the comic I actually had moved on to a different application called Paint.net after a while which is about as close to MS Paint as you can get with support for layers. In the days of MS Paint being removed from Windows I would suggest anyone with a longing nostalgia give Paint.net a try, you will find it refreshingly similar (only with some added features that make it more usable.)

With all of that being said, farewell MS Paint. You helped me find my lifelong love for computers and you will be remembered by at least this one nostalgic geek.

2014 – A New Year, A Fresh Start

While I realize I say this every year and never actually follow through, I am going to say it again.

This year will be the year I start working on my life goals.

I had initially planned to present you all with the new show I am working on for the new year, “The Ian Show”, however due to some complications in recording this show that has been delayed. I do not expect that delay to last forever as I will be ordering some new equipment this week which should solve the problems I was having. The idea is to do the show bi-weekly for at least 6 months. This will get me 12 episodes which is enough for a first “Season”. The show is going to be a very basic talk/variety show that will start out very crappy but will help me hone my skills. I am very out of practice with video production so this show will get me used to talking on camera again as well as give me practice with basic lighting, audio, and editing techniques.

Expect more “Ian Show” news soon.

I am also working on re-starting Paint Comic. The older versions of this will be re-branded as “Paint Comic Classic” and the new ones will start back at #1. The reason I am starting this fresh is that I am actually giving each of the characters their own personality. Before each character simply reflected my own personality and they were all inter-changeable. There was not distinct characteristics outside of their visual design. Starting fresh will allow me to give each character a new backstory, improve the art style and hopefully open the doors for more interesting storylines. This is a huge departure from what Paint Comic was before but I think I can preserve the random/insane spirit of the original while still lending it some artistic integrity.

As far as the rest of my life, I would like to get myself in shape but I am not going to prioritize that over my creative endeavors. If I can find a way to make small changes that impact my overall health I will. If not, then I will remain the slob I am for now.  Perhaps if I actually complete some creative works I will get a big enough boost to my self confidence to actually want to improve my physical appearance. We can only hope.

That is all I have for now, just a quick update. Keep it lovely out there my sweet delicious readers from the internet.  🙂

One Last Thing….

It has been a long time since I have sat down and wrote a blog post. I am not 100% certain that anybody reads the things that I write here, however I still feel like I am letting people down when I neglect to write. I certainly am letting myself down in the least.

My life has been.. interesting, as of late. Things have not been going as well as I would have liked them to have gone. To sum it up I am on shaky status with my current minimum-wage job, my lease is up at my apartment complex and I do not have anywhere else to move to yet, and my depression has hit an almost all time low. I still do my best to remain optimistic as ever, only to find myself just not thinking about the things that I need to get done and putting them off.  A hopeless feeling has surrounded me in my life.

As I will be most likely couch-hopping for maybe a month or two until I can afford to find a new apartment there may be even less Ian on the internet very soon. I am not sure if I am going to have access to a computer at all very soon other than library access or through a friend. So I will not be spending much time chatting, gaming, or reading the news. All of these things are very sad to me as these things are pretty much all my life has become lately. On the brighter side of that, those things are likely some of the things holding me back and not being able to do them may force me to get my life in order.

Just recently I applied for a job which would be almost like a dream job to me. I may not be as qualified for the position as they would like me to be but I am hoping that I am more qualified than the other applicants that I am competing with.  It would be splendid to make more than minimum-wage.

Since I haven’t pointed it out in a blog post or news update yet. You should all check out PaintComic.com I have updated the site quite a bit and added more comics. I still do not have the complete collection online again yet (I am actually ‘remastering’ them before putting them back up) however there is enough to enjoy.

Otherwise, I hope everyone out there on the good ol’ internet is having a better year than me and I will be back with you all soon!

Painting the Night Away…

Spent the past hour or so working on PaintComic.com. There has been literally nothing on that page for about a year now so I figured if I am going to start making comics again then I

should re-establish the site. It looks mostly like the old site did only I added a background image that looks something like notebook paper. The new comic and all of the images on the site have transparent backgrounds so the look works well for the most part I think.
I tried to go for a completely hand drawn look for the site which fits well with the theme of the comic. The only issue may be trying to figure out where to click for links but I don’t think it will be too much of a problem. Let me know what you think. Is the background too cheesy? I have a few more ideas for the site but will implement them in the future. As well as adding all of the comics before #44 onto the site.