Thursday, May 28, 2009

Finger painting on the iPhone

The New Yorker reports: [edited]

Jorge Colombo drew this week’s The New Yorker cover using 'Brushes', an application for the iPhone, while standing for an hour outside Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Times Square.

“I got a phone in the beginning of February, and I immediately got the program so I could entertain myself,” says Colombo, who first published his drawings in The New Yorker in 1994.

There’s a companion application, Brushes Viewer, that makes a video recapitulating each step of how Colombo composed the picture. Colombo leans heavily on the Undo feature: “It looks like I draw everything with supernatural assurance and very fast — it gets rid of all the hesitations.”

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