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I’ve never been much of an artist, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to dabble with some of the art-focused software. I’d link to think that a lot of the software would be better served if I had a drawing tablet to tinker with, but I’d say that my mouse skills are probably on par with any hand-drawn creation that I could come up with. Yeah, it’s that bad.

MyPaint is an open source application that gives you the chance to put your drawing skills to the test without having to spend a dime. You know what that means, right? All those years of practicing your precision mouse movement in those indulgent computer games may finally come to fruition! Well, okay, I guess some of you might actually have drawing tablets, but that takes all the fun out of it. :)

Don’t shrug this app off just because it is free… some of the drawings made by MyPaint users are pretty darn good (example, example). Plus it offers a lot of the things you’d want an app like this to have:

  • Supports pressure sensitive graphics tablets
  • Extensive brush creation and configuration options
  • Unlimited canvas (you never have to resize)
  • Basic layer support

If you do decide to give it a try you should also check out the tutorial that explains using the brushes, managing the canvas, creating layers, and more.

MyPaint Homepage (Windows/Linux; Freeware)