Ok, so I downloaded Paint.NET the other day and i've been playing with it. I've not used anything more complicated than MS Paint before, so this is all new to me. I already have 126 plugins for it, and will probably add more in time, but what i've seen so far is cool. I've been having fun with the effects and experimenting, with help from the tutorials, in all of them. Hopefully, in time, i'll be able to gain some skill at it. I've made a few pictures so far, but most have been just experiments to see what stuff does and how it can be applied to the 'art'. Some of the tools will take a little getting used to in relation to how a little altering of one of the settings can drastically alter the look of a piece, but, again, in time I shall figure it all out.
I've also tried animating gifs/pngs, and have the basics down. Let's see if I can make something more complicated than words appearing in an attempt to insult my mother (jokingly).