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Interview with Tux Paint Artist Anet

Conducted by Bill Kendrick. Posted July 1, 2023.

"Happy Valentine's Day"


About Anet

How old are you?
I'm 18
What do you do for a living?
Student - currently studying multimedia at an art school.
Do you have other artistic endeavors?
Occasionally sculpting, photography.
What are your other hobbies?
Playing video games, planning to make concept art of my own game as my graduation project.
Where can people find you online?

🖼 View Anet's artwork in the Tux Paint Gallery

Discovering and Using Tux Paint

How and when did you first learn about Tux Paint?
I was probably around 7-8 when I first found out about Tux Paint. It was installed on our PC with Windows Vista on it. I'm not sure if it was my brother who showed it to me or if it was installed from one of the CDs our dad used to get from a subscription.
Did you stop using Tux Paint and come back to it later?
I stopped using it after some time when I was a kid because I've forgotten about it. I got back to it recently after seeing art tagged with Tux Paint.
How do you usually interact with Tux Paint?
I used to use a mouse as a kid but now I use it with my Huion HS610 graphics tablet.
What are your "go-to" tools in Tux Paint?
Definitely the TV magic tool, the White noise magic tool if I want a very light shading, been also trying out the 3D effect magic tool and the basic brush tools.

(Note from Bill: When I went to update the TV magic tool to make it brighter, I kept the darker variation because I saw how Anet was using it to shading things.)
Is there something you wish Tux Paint could do that it can't?
Sometimes I wish it could be able to work with layers! Also dpi resolution settings would be nice.

(Note from Bill: Tux Paint 0.9.31 will allow you to convert drawings to Templates, which isn't exactly the same as layers, but it might be useful for similar purposes!)
What other kinds of art tools do you use?
Clip Studio Paint PRO, Krita, Photoshop, and sometimes MS Paint for digital media.

For traditional art I use pencils, acrylic colors and watercolors.

Style and Inspiration

Are there certain topics or fandoms that you like to focus on in your art?
Yume Nikki / Yume 2kki, OFF, Rain World, Kaiba (2008).
What other things inspire you to make art?
A form of expression that also helps me to relax.


If you could interview me, or someone else who works on the Tux Paint project, what would you ask us?
What was your motivation to start developing Tux Paint? How many people are currently working on the development of Tux Paint?

Bill: I helped run a Linux User Group in my town, and had gotten familiar enough with GIMP to do a few demos of it. I had also been writing a lot of video games for Linux around that time. So when a friend from the club asked if there was anything more kid-friendly than GIMP for Linux, I decided it shouldn't be too hard, and I could spend a weekend basically half of my life working on it. ;-)

Many volunteers have come and go over the decades, but these days we have a solid core who help work on things, and especially do the important porting and building to other OSes: the Windows (Shin-ichi), macOS (Mark, also from that Linux User Group 20 years ago!), Android (Pere), Haiku OS (Luc), and Shin-ichi, Will, and Tom maintain various Linux builds. I try to keep track of everyone on our Developers page, in the changelog and credits documentation, etc. I owe all this to countless people — most of whom I've never met — around the globe!

"Monk" from Rainworld


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