Howdy, I searched through the forum archives and I couldnt find the answer to my question so I figured i'd post this in hopes that someone can help me. I want to eventually create an canvas where i can click and draw rectangles and interact with them(e.g. move them around- have borders on them etc). I figured that having a JComponent that drew itself as a rectangle would be a good idea, instead of creating a hack graphic using AWT(two rectangles overlapping - one for the border, one for the regular rectangle). my two questions are: 1. Is extending JComponent the best approach to this? 2. Can anyone tell me or point me in the direction of a good tutorial on how to extend JComponent and get it to draw itself? thanks in advance!!