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How to draw in MS Paint Tutorial

Updated on September 25, 2013

How to Draw anything you want in MS Paint

MS Paint is a basic drawing program that comes with all computer that have Windows on them. The function is limited in the program but that doesn't have to be anything bad.

Ms Paint is for example perfect for doodling, maybe you're bored and you feel like drawing an epic dinosaur, just open up MS paint and you can start your drawing. Don't expect a masterpiece when you start drawing with Paint, it's just a way of doing a little picture. Of course there are they that are extremely skilled at drawing in MS Paint and can draw almost photo realistic images, well, it takes a lot of hard work to become as good as that, and it's nothing I'm aiming for, I just want to doodle and have some fun when I'm drawing in Paint. In this tutorial I will show you how I do it when I draw a picture in Paint, this is not the only way of drawing in Paint, just look at this tutorial as inspiration of what you can do with this amazing little program, because we all draw differently, different style and taste.

Step One - Drawing the head

Drawing the head, eyes and mouth.

I start off by drawing a head and the face. I like to keep the shapes simple so it doesn't get to messy. It's just an oval circle.

Step Two - The body and arms

He's now a man!

Now I gave him a pair of legs, arms and a body. Now I'm ready with the core of this little man, now it's time for details and colour.

Step Three - Adding details to the picture

Adding details

Now I added a few things to the picture to make it look less basic, we want some details, I added some hair, sleeves and ears. So there's not much that have been added and the picture is still very basic, but the picture need a few details to look good. Time to make this picture fantastic! Next up is colour!

Step Four - Colouring in MS Paint

Bright and Fun colours!

This is my favourite part of drawing in MS Paint, the colouring, it's now that the picture really comes to life. Colouring is really easy in Paint, just make sure you close all the lines so that the colour doesn't leak out when you using the bucked fill tool. Experiment with the colours and make sure you mix the colours because the colour pallet you get from start isn't that fun, you can mix any colour you like so be creative and try different colour combinations and have some fun :)

Just double click the colour in the colour pallet you want to edit.

Step Five - Adding some shades to the picture

Shades and Colours

I now like to add some shades to the picture, I do this in a very simplifying way, I just take the colours of the shirt for example and mix that colour to make it a little bit darker, then I just add a area of that dark colour under the head and shin of the man, you can see the picture for a better understanding of what I'm talking about.

I do this all around the picture to make it feel more 3D and to make it pop in a different way.

Step Six - Final Touch

Background and more details

First I started with adding a background, I tried a few colours and used the fill tool to fill the whole background, I decided for a bright blue sky colour, then I added some fluffy clouds, I drew the outline of the clouds first then I just used the fill tool inside of them.

Then I changed the colour of the outline of the whole man, it was a first black, but to make the picture have a much softer feeling and just generally making it look nicer I change that black outline to a softer colour, a very very dark brown-yellow. This is a great trick if you want to make your pictures to look much better in an instant. Choose a colour that matches the rest of the colours in the picture, but still make it very dark.

After that I decided to add more details, a beard (because everyone looks better with a beard), a star on his chest and a speech bubble. All these details are needed for the picture, because without them the picture would have looked very dull and way to simple. So make sure to add those details, but of course don't overdo it. Try to see what works and what doesn't, it's easy to redo everything you do in paint, so don't be afraid of failing some.

That's it, my bearded man is now done! I hope you liked my little tutorial, now it's your turn! I would love to see some of your examples if you decide on drawing your own picture. Just send me a message with your picture and it would make my day! :)


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      Kaley 2 years ago

      Thank God! Sonmoee with brains speaks!

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      Jose Juan Gutierrez 4 years ago from Mexico City

      Great hub. I have used MS paint and have found it useful. Even though the tools are basic, they can be effective at drawing about almost anything.

      Voted useful!

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      Kari 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      That's pretty cool! I can barely draw a stick-man. I like the shading...I never think of shading when I draw anything, but it obviously makes a huge difference!

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      dailytop10 5 years ago from Davao City

      I used to draw in MS Paint during my High School years. Back then, It was regarded as the best tool to draw with a computer. Great tips! May you have a great day and a fruitful new year ahead!

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      Jonas 5 years ago from Sweden

      thank you yougotme! :D

      Don't surrender! It's a great tool for anyone who likes doodling :) but yeah, it can be hard in the beginning

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      This is interesting and resourceful! Awesome work on MS Paint, and I admire your skill in creating doodles in MS Paint. Haha!

      I usually surrender when using paint. :)