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Interview with Tux Paint Artist Bea Jumpup

Conducted by Bill Kendrick. Posted July 2, 2023.

"Teenager Bedrooms"

"Teenager Bedrooms"

About Bea Jumpup

How old are you?
I'm 16 years old.

(Bea got permission from her parents to be interviewed.)
What do you do for a living?
I'm a high school student in South Africa.
Do you have other artistic endeavors?
Other than drawing, I like to make movies, videos, music and 3D rendering. I like to try many mediums and they usually end up coming together in the form of a video or album. I’ve also just recently been getting into making t-shirts and customizing clothes with bleach, fabric paints, and stencils.
What are your other hobbies?
For hobbies I enjoy laughing with friends and sneaking in a cheaky gaming sesh every now and again. I'm also into cooking and walking my dog.
Where can people find you online?

🖼 View Bea's artwork in the Tux Paint Gallery

Discovering and Using Tux Paint

How and when did you first learn about Tux Paint?
I first used Tux Paint in first grade on the school computers, but had no memory about what the software was until I was reminded of its existence at the beginning of last year by online artists.
How do you usually interact with Tux Paint?
I mostly use a computer!! I flip flop between using mouse and tablet, both have merits and mouse can be very fun!!

Otherwise I will use it on my iPad along with an Apple Pencil, and even sometimes I use my phone!! Literally u gotta love Tux Paint
What are your "go-to" tools in Tux Paint?
I love how Tux Paint handles gradients and I'm also a fan of all the magic tools!! Flowers are great and so are stamps, I also just generally love the brushes!! I do my best to use a lot of Tux Paints tools because they are fun and lovely. Gradient GOAT!
What other kinds of art tools do you use?
I use MS Paint, Blender, FireAlpaca, Toon Boom, Davinci Resolve, KidPix, etc!!

I also like to work physically with paper maché-esque techniques and oil pastels!! I like to explore mediums and software.
Do you ever edit your Tux Paint art in other drawing programs or vice-versa?
I will often use Tux Paint in tandem with software like Blender and MS Paint. It is one of my go to’s for UV texture creation and illustration.

Bill: Bea created the animation for a music video using a combination of Tux Paint and Blender. Check it out!

When using Tux Paint specifically for art, I will sometimes finish it up in FireAlpaca in order to do color correction, import images, and do some transformation or cropping work.
Is there something you wish Tux Paint could do that it can't?
I think lasso selection and transform tools would be really great, but may end up taking away from the simplicity of Tux Paint.
What tips or tricks would you like to share with other aspiring artists?
Make art as fun for yourself as you can!! And just like start a project!! I think its good to try and just make a lot of art fast for a period of time when you start out.
What piece of art, or other creation, are you most proud of?
I am very proud of the recent movies i’ve been making with my IRL friends!! The most recent one out as of now is called "Jethro’s Mirage", viewable on YouTube. I used Tux Paint in it for many of the backgrounds and am continuing to use it in our current WIP film "Winter Wanderer" which we’re hoping to finish by the end of the year.

Style and Inspiration

What would you call your art style?
I'm not really sure!! People have said “weirdcore” which is a term I'm ambivalent about. I tend to prefer cartoonier styles and ones that have been viewed as “ugly” and amateur. I feel, at least within the art circles I'm in, people are more accepting of breaking “the rules” than they were a bit ago. You can shade with a black airbrush if you want to!!! Use many gradients!!!
Are there certain topics or fandoms that you like to focus on in your art?
No specific fandoms but I am quite into experimental electronic music, like hyperpop and similar stuff!! I like to work in visual styles that I feel fit that auditory style of music that you can hear.
What artists do you look up to?
There are a tonne of artists that I really look up to and I like to wear my inspiration on my sleeve!!

People like Harrison and Parker are a massive inspiration (I actually rediscovered Tux Paint through their stuff!!)
(Bill: Check out our interview with Harrison!)

Fraxiom, Jack Stauber, Black Dresses, Jonni Phillips, 100 gecs, Pilotredsun, Sophie, Flying Squid, TIM AND ERIC (they're big inspos too) and obviously my friends who I make stuff with like Jethro, Leo, Ben, etc.!!
What other things inspire you to make art?
Music is very inspirational to me.
Have you ever published or exhibited your art?
Right now my stuff is mostly confined to the online world, but I'm really hoping to submit our next film to film festivals and stuff!! I also enjoy to perform my music live; I have only done so like 3 times but would love to be able to do it more!


If you could interview me, or someone else who works on the Tux Paint project, what would you ask us?
I've been curious about whether you were into making art before Tux Paint? What inspired you to make it? And if you would consider yourself an artist?

Bill: I do what's called "programmer art" (meaning it's not very good) for video games I've written. So no, I don't consider myself an artist at all! I was inspired to make Tux Paint to fill a need — Linux didn't have any kid-friendly art software.

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