A Quick MyPaint Guide for a Freelance Graphic Designer

MyPaint is an open-source drawing program with a streamlined user experience, making it easy to create sketches without clutter. But don’t be fooled by its lightweight interface — it comes packed with features for all kinds of drawing, whether it’s a rough pencil sketch or digital watercolor painting. Here’s a quick MyPaint guide for you as a freelance graphic designer.


First, have your graphics tablet connected and ready to go. After you download MyPaint, open it up and you will see something like this:

A first look at MyPaint's interface

The first thing you will notice besides its clean interface is the unlimited canvas. Basically it’s one very big sketchbook for you to draw as much as you want.

If you click on Brush List you will see a few presets with different sets of brushes. Some of the brushes such as Charcoal and Brush are pretty standard. Others like Modeling and Kabura are definitely for the more adventurous. Although there are many different brushes available, based on my experience Pencil and Pen should suffice for design work. Nevertheless experiment with what’s available and find what works best for you.

Some of the brushes in MyPaint

I’m only using Pen so far, since it creates sketches with bolder lines compared to something like Pencil. 


While there are other drawing programs such as Clip Studio Paint and GIMP, I recommend MyPaint for its ease of use and lightweight interface, making it perfect for sketching out concepts and exploring ideas. Hopefully this quick MyPaint guide will help you get started as a freelance graphic designer.

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