Indeed. I oddly enough always used a different "drawing" technique in paint though, I free formed my black solid line art instead of sketching and erasing. I also assume that's why your art looks better than mine. Haha. You also put an incredible about of effort and time into shading. Excellent.
Okay. Best idea I can come up with: When you open your sketch in Paint, save it off immediately as a 16-color BMP. Then save it again as a 24-bit BMP, so you have full color available to you again. This will take the hundreds of colors in your sketch down to 16, tops. Then you can follow the tutorial for the rest of it.
Haha; The point of the tutorial was to show that it is possible to make high-quality artwork in even a rudimentary program - that "All I have is Paint" is not an acceptable excuse, because an artist is so much more than his tools.
Ok well . . . I love this tutorial but i am having some probs . . . I have the newer version windows 7 and when i try that eraser trick . . . It doesn't work. Also, i've tried filling in the background the sketchline colour, but when i try and change the background back to white there are loads of coloured dots everywhere!! Please help!! Thanks!!!!!!!!
I haven't had a chance to try any version of windows past XP, so I can't help you with that. The "colored dots" left behind are due to the antialiasing that the stretching does - you'll have to go through changing the background color a lot more times to get rid of them all. :/ Just keep selecting colors of dots and using that color to fill in the background... lather, rinse, repeat. Sorry :<