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New Yorker Cover Designed on iPhone

Apple's iPhone can play music and videos, tell you where your are, make phone calls, and even create the cover art for The New Yorker. Artist Jorge Colombo digitally painted the scene showing a hot dog stand on 42nd Street with the US$4.99 iPhone app Brushes.

Image courtesy the New York Times.

Mr. Colombo told the New York Times that working with his iPhone and the Brushes app made it easy for me to sketch without having to carry all my pens and brushes and notepads with me, and I like the fact that I am drawing with a set of tools that anybody can have easily in their pocket."

Painting with his iPhone gave Mr. Colombo the ability to stand on a street corner and paint while watching the hotdog stand without being noticed since he didn't need to bring along paints, canvas or easel. It also showed that Apple's "there's an app for that" line applies even to painting the cover of The New Yorker.

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daemon said:

Because you know no one can fit a pen and paper in their pocket…


Lee Dronick said:

I downloaded the app yesterday. You can zoom in to 800% and zoom out to 70%. Three brush styles with adjustable widths. A fill tool, multiple undo and redo, color picker. No eraser tool though, you would have to paint over the stroke. I am fixing to get ready for a trip to the Bay Area so I haven’t had much time to mess with it, but it looks fun and it could be Zen thing when you need to relax while you are out and about. See


vasic said:

...“Because you know no one can fit a pen and paper in their pocket� “

The artist used to do exactly that, for the past 30 years or so. In the article, he says that painting on the iPhone gives him an extremely convenient advantage: anonymity. If you are a painter/illustrator, you simply can’t just sketch someone on the subway with a pencil and paper. They’ll see what you’re doing. With the iPhone, everyone thinks he’s checking his e-mail. This is extremely liberating, and a major change for many creative artists.


deasys said:

Because you know no one can fit a pen and paper in their pocket�

...and a set of watercolors, a set of brushes, a water bottle, and an easel or backing board. It’s so easy even a caveman like you could do it, right, daemon?


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