Check out our Monthly Survey Page to see what our users are running.

Need a distraction-free art application on Linux? Try out MyPaint

Posted by , | Views: 28,346

If you have a Wacom-style graphic tablet and you need a simple and distraction-free painting program, MyPaint seems like it could be a really good fit.

The developer, Martin Renold, says it's a "fast and dead-simple painting app for artists" and I can certainly appreciate the ease of use to it. Very handy for doing any kind of art really. Perhaps if you're in the mood for some sketching, mockups or you're designing art for a game it's pretty sweet.

A big new version is currently in testing, with a Beta that was released back in December. This brings with it great AppImage support to run it (hopefully) out of the box on any modern Linux distribution, along with tons of new features for artists like Spectral Paint/Pigment layer and brush mode, Linear blending for non-pigment layers and brush modes, Smudge enhancements, Fullscreen improvements, "fake inputs" for pressure and barrel rotation (allowing on-the-fly expressive adjustments to your brush even while using a mouse) and loads more.

Artwork: "Pinguins" by Yumemi-chan

MyPaint Feature Highlight:

  • Infinite canvas
  • Extremely configurable brushes
  • Distraction-free fullscreen mode
  • Extensive graphic tablet support
  • Speed, simplicity, and expressiveness
  • Realistic paint-like pigment model
  • 15 bit Rec 709 linear RGB colorspace
  • Brush settings stored with each stroke on the canvas
  • Layers, various modes, and layer groups

Free and open source, so you can enjoy creating with it as much as you want without the worries of any time-trial nonsense. Check it out on GitHub and the official site.

Hat tip to dpanter.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
17 Likes, Who?
We do often include affiliate links to earn us some pennies. We are currently affiliated with GOG, Humble Store and Paradox Interactive. See more information here.
About the author -
I am the owner of GamingOnLinux. After discovering Linux back in the days of Mandrake in 2003, I constantly came back to check on the progress of Linux until Ubuntu appeared on the scene and it helped me to really love it. You can reach me easily by emailing GamingOnLinux directly.
See more from me
22 comments
Page: «3/3
  Go to:

Cestarian 24 January 2020 at 11:12 pm UTC
Shmerl
Cestarianyou do realize btw that wacom is just a brand name right?

Sure. But they also tend to work on Linux really well, while others are all hit and miss. Which other tablets work on Linux without issues?

All I've tried actually. Which admittedly isn't that many, but if it works with digimend you can more or less count on it working just fine; although admittedly not all tablets are on their supported/unsupported list, you can always look it up on github.

Besides perhaps XP-Pen, most brands tend to work (although not officially) just fine on linux, and I have used both a yiynova mvp22u digitizer and huion q11k tablet (this one's not actually on the list) successfully in the (recent) past.

You are correct however I guess that you can count on wacom's tablets to work pretty much flawlessly most of the time. The wacom linux driver is the only sane tablet driver in existence. On any operating system. It's absurd how bad the Windows and Mac drivers for tablets (wacom or anything else) are, it's honestly kinda sad, especially for wacom, I mean these little shits have a borderline monopoly on tablets (and are only starting to lose it beccause they've been abusing it too much recently by raising prices and dramatically lowering quality for their low-end products which are now undisputably trash tier, which is why unless you're buying an intuos pro or a cintiq, you just shouldn't buy wacom today, period) but they still don't bother to hire competent programmers to make their drivers!

Even tablets hacked with digimend to work with the wacom-linux or evdev or libinput drivers end up being more reliable than if you use these devices on officially supported operating systems!

Linux is the best operating system to draw on, absolutely, if only it weren't for the complete and utter absence of proper drawing applications. I mean sure we have 'functional' ones, but not industry ready ones, not by a long shot, it's so damn frustrating.

mirv
Shmerl
Cestarianyou do realize btw that wacom is just a brand name right?

Sure. But they also tend to work on Linux really well, while others are all hit and miss. Which other tablets work on Linux without issues?
So I'm quite interested in trying this application out when I have the spare time (ha!), and seeing for myself how it compares to, say, gimp. I do have reasons for liking computer based drawing, but for simple stuff I still stick to pencil & paper. Right tool for the job and all that.

For art there is no such thing as the right tool, just the tool you are more comfortable with and tool you are less comfortable with, although I guess for certain tasks there are tools that are actually completely incapable of it (like for example how you can't really color when you're drawing with a stick in sand or mud, and you can only do the most primitive forms of shading there)

I never even use a pencil personally, always a pen, if I want to get fancy on paper I'd probably go with charcoal to be honest, I just don't like lead very much. But when it comes to 'simple things' in particular, any tool can do the job just as well as any other tool. Digital, pencil, pen, chalk, stick in the sand, if it's something simple, all will provide equally good results for an artist, it's based entirely on their fundamental skill level here, it has nothing to do with the tool. Tools only start to matter when you want to do more advanced stuff, like values for instance. To do values you need to be able to do at least some form of rendering (e.g. painting/coloring), and you might be seeking a specific type of rendering which rules out a few tools (but there's still a shitload of options you'll be left with, so there's never one right tool, there's usually like a huge collection of them no matter how deep you go, and if you look at those hyperrealism crazies you'll find that sometimes it takes that entire collection of tools to get the best result, instead of just the one or two you're most comfortable with). But if your simple stuff is just sketching or logo design or things of that nature (which is typically what artists call simple stuff) don't ever lie to yourself that one tool is better than another. You can even draw with your fingernail on your mousepad even, it's no worse than your pencil and paper in this case, nor is it worse than your tablet.


Last edited by Cestarian on 24 January 2020 at 11:15 pm UTC
mirv 24 January 2020 at 11:31 pm UTC
View PC info
  • Supporter
  • Top Supporter
CestarianFor art there is no such thing as the right tool, just the tool you are more comfortable with and tool you are less comfortable with, although I guess for certain tasks there are tools that are actually completely incapable of it (like for example how you can't really color when you're drawing with a stick in sand or mud, and you can only do the most primitive forms of shading there)

I never even use a pencil personally, always a pen, if I want to get fancy on paper I'd probably go with charcoal to be honest, I just don't like lead very much. But when it comes to 'simple things' in particular, any tool can do the job just as well as any other tool. Digital, pencil, pen, chalk, stick in the sand, if it's something simple, all will provide equally good results for an artist, it's based entirely on their fundamental skill level here, it has nothing to do with the tool. Tools only start to matter when you want to do more advanced stuff, like values for instance. To do values you need to be able to do at least some form of rendering (e.g. painting/coloring), and you might be seeking a specific type of rendering which rules out a few tools (but there's still a shitload of options you'll be left with, so there's never one right tool, there's usually like a huge collection of them no matter how deep you go, and if you look at those hyperrealism crazies you'll find that sometimes it takes that entire collection of tools to get the best result, instead of just the one or two you're most comfortable with). But if your simple stuff is just sketching or logo design or things of that nature (which is typically what artists call simple stuff) don't ever lie to yourself that one tool is better than another. You can even draw with your fingernail on your mousepad even, it's no worse than your pencil and paper in this case, nor is it worse than your tablet.

Uh...there most certainly is the right set of tools for art. Tools really, really matter.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say you haven't been a student of art, right? Because drawing isn't such a simple thing to be hand waved off as any tool will do. There's no such thing as one generic tool that will do for everybody, which is why applications such as this are needed - yes, there are others that can possibly do the same thing, but they can also get in the way. Which matters a great deal.

If you honestly can't understand that, I suggest you go try out a lot more programs. Experiment, play, investigate, and I'm quite certain you will change your mind.
  Go to:
While you're here, please consider supporting GamingOnLinux on Patreon, Liberapay or Paypal. We have no adverts, no paywalls, no timed exclusive articles. Just good, fresh content. Without your continued support, we simply could not continue!

You can find even more ways to support us on this dedicated page any time. If you already are, thank you!

You need to Register and Login to comment, submit articles and more.


Or login with...

Livestreams & Videos
None currently, submit yours here!
Popular this week
View by Category
Contact
Latest Comments
Latest Forum Posts