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    Jim’ll Paint It: Bill Murray catching a bank robber using only his charm while members of the Tokyo police force shield themselves behind him

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The best/weirdest Tumblr you'll see today – Jim will paint anything you want

Posted by Rob Alderson,

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 Steve’s efforts have now been superseded though in my mind by the utterly wonderful Jim’ll Paint It which its creator describes thus: “Ask me to paint anything you wish and I will try no matter how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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    Jim’ll Paint It: Moby throwing ninja stars at a melancholic badger whilst eating a Papa John’s Pizza in Lidl in Shrewsbury. Moby is wearing an Admiral England shirt, Bermuda shorts and 18-hole DMs. The badger is sat in Spielberg’s directors chair and smoking a pipe.

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    Jim’ll Paint It: Pinhead from Hellraiser getting flustered while on Celebrity Masterchef

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    Jim’ll Paint It: Dinosaurs drawing people in a dinosaur art class

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    Jim’ll Paint It: Jimi Hendrix explaining to an owl on his shoulder what a stick of chalk is, near a forest

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    Jim’ll Paint It: 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

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    Jim’ll Paint It: An anthropomorphised New York skyline battling a giant religiously fanatical prawn. Meanwhile the diamond falcon contemplates

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    Jim’ll Paint It: A Tyrannosaurus Rex playing Connect 4 with Heston Blumenthal on a lake of fire whilst a care bear watches them lustfully

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    Jim’ll Paint It: John Virgo re-enacting the famous Sgt Elias death scene from Platoon with Jim Davidson looking on disapprovingly; the Make or Break round is ruined!

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    Jim’ll Paint It: Ross Kemp feeding Keith Chegwin a mandarin, they are both in their underpants and are in France

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.

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