Amazing MacPaint Art

MacPaint Amazing MacPaint Art

Remember the endlessly epic MacPaint? All through my childhood and adolescent Macintosh years, I tried to master its sheer brilliance by creating hideous black and white abstract art with titles like “Square Dancing in a Blender”. Having zero actual illustration talent, I wasn’t able to manage much else, but I was ever in awe of anyone who could actually draw anything more than a stick figure (in a blender).

For me, it was basically the only thing I could actually use on the Macintosh, which I first acquired hand-me-down when I was somewhere in the ballpark of 9 years old. For some years prior to that, my step-brother had been creating MacPaint artwork for me and faxing it to me for special occasions. (Remember the fax machine?) I spent hours I should’ve spent getting fresh air hunkered over my mouse, attempting to draw a straight line.

Nowadays I’ve moved on from Macs but I will always have a healthy appreciation for pixels neatly arranged in what was, as far as software goes, one of the greatest time-wasting tools ever invented. And so it is with great pleasure and fervent hope that you too fondly remember those grand, golden days in digital art that I present to you some pretty damn amazing MacPaint art…painted, of course, by those far more talented than me.

Preface: For those who don’t recall MacPaint, it was a bitmap-based paint program developed by Bill Atkinson of Macintosh’s original dev squad. It hit the streets standard with Macintosh in 1984, and was also available for purchase separately for a mere $195, or approximately $400 in today’s financial climate. MacPaint was so awesome it stayed on the market until 1998 – 10 years after its last version, 2.0, had been released.

Without further delay, the art:

MacPaint Japanese Girl Amazing MacPaint Art

The much vaulted Japanese girl woodcutting as created on MacPaint.

MacPaint Landscape Amazing MacPaint Art

A near pointillist landscape as only MacPaint could present it.

MacPaint Macintosh Amazing MacPaint Art

A Macintosh on MacPaint; the nostalgia is almost palpable.

MacPaint Drawing Amazing MacPaint Art

A river runs through MacPaint.

Now if you’ll pardon me, it’s time for me to wipe the tears of longing for defunct-software-for-even-more-defunct-hardware from my eyes.


Comments

  1. I used to love Macpaint! I grew up in a mac household and would love to play that again. Oh, and Spacestation Theta. Sigh. New macs aren’t as cool.

    Rosalind
    Girls Are Geeks

  2. I hear ya, Rosalind. I grew up in a Mac household too but switched to PCs when I went to university. If you’re still running a Mac machine of some sort it’s possible you can download a classic Macintosh emulator and run MacPaint through that emulator. I believe it can be downloaded online, but I’d have to research it a bit more. I run an emulator on my PC periodically to play classic Nintendo games, so with emulation anything’s possible!

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