My friend Steve once spent about two weeks creating the most elaborately detailed Christmas scene on Microsoft Paint. Nobody was quite sure why (I’m still not) but it did point to the potential results when sheer bloody-mindedness and everyone’s first digital art love come together. Steve’s efforts have now been superseded though in my mind by the utterly wonderful Jim’ll Paint It which its creator describes thus: “Ask me to paint anything you wish and I will try no matter how specific or surreal your demands.”
In terms of creativity there’s two levels at play here. Firstly the extraordinary suggestions from Jim’s followers such as “a guinea pig version of Burt Reynolds on a sun lounger being served drinks by Hulk Hogan wearing only the top half of a tuxedo,” or the equally bewildering “Jimi Hendrix explaining to an owl on his shoulder what a stick of chalk is, near a forest.” And then there’s Jim’s amazing responses, which bring these bizarre visions to life and thrillingly include every weird detail that has been requested.
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