Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Yorker cover being sketched on iPhone

I wonder what Ross would have thought. Play to watch artist Jorge Colombo sketch the June 1, 2009 New Yorker cover on his iPhone. Since then he's also done weekly iPhone drawings in a New Yorker blog called Finger Painting, as well as several additional covers.

Colombo's website shows more examples. I remember being especially fond of this one when it came out last November, because it reminded me of a Georgia O'Keeffe painting I especially liked showing the Chrysler Building at night. I thought at the time that it was probably done on a computer -- in a good way -- but had no idea the computer was an iPhone.

Colombo uses a $4.99 iPhone app called Brushes. He also used Brushes Viewer, a cool free app, to create the video. It tracks brush strokes but omits the undos. So, in the case of Colombo's cover sketch, it creates a sense of inevitability about the way the drawing seems to almost complete itself without hesitation. But what took seconds on the video was the result of about an hour's work by Colombo. Brushes Viewer also exports high-res files of Brushes drawings (up to 1920 x 2880).

I imagine it can only get better on the iPad.


Cybergabi said...

What a cool find! Does that mean if I get an iPhone, I can paint like that too? ;-)

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Madison Guy said...

Thanks Anon.