Artist Paints Cover for New Yorker Magazine -- on iPhone!


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The New Yorker (via Engadget Mobile) has an amazing cover for their June issue that was painted... on an iPhone!

Jorge Colombo used the app, Brushes ($4.99 - iTunes link (opens in new tab)) to create the work. He told the New York Times that the iPhone:

“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,” he said. There is one other advantage of the phone, too: no one notices he is drawing. Mr. Colombo said he stood on 42nd Street for about an hour with no interruptions.

The editors liked the more organic, dream-like quality of the iPhone image, not as sharp or technical as typical electronic renderings.

We like it too. Video after the break!

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • pretty cool !
  • Oh the irony of not being able to view the image on my iPhone!
  • Created on the iPhone but not viewable on the iPhone? LOL!
  • That's incredible
  • Put static image on top, moved video below the fold. Now 50% more iPhone friendly!
  • Thanks! Now I can see.
  • How about posting only videos that are viewable on the iPhone? (from YouTube and such)? You could take the time to create a Tipb account on YouTube to repost videos that were originally not viewable for everyone. I assume most of your readers follow you from their iPhones.
  • made it easy for me to sketch
    Riiiiiiiggghhhht. This guy works from a different definition of "easy" than the one I'm used to.
  • @ icebike
    Dude... go troll somewhere else.
    Your arguing with someone's opinion, you know that its ridiculous to do that right? Seriously a lot of us here are tired of you
  • That's an incredible image!
    It will be interesting to see what else gets created with Brushes -- programs like this really show that the iPhone is more than just a phone and that real work can be done while on the go.
  • i saw this earlier, there are like 6 or so pics he did on another site. Dude is amazing
  • @iShirk
    Dude… go troll somewhere else.
    It wasn't a troll, simply saying I couldn't do a drawing like that on the iphone or with canvas and paints even after 3 years of professional instruction.
    I see you are up to your usual standards of contribrution around here.
  • @ icebike maybe it takes more skill to do it? Just appreciate whats there and if you have nothing good to say then don't.
  • Thats not what you said at all actually.
    In your first comment you ripped on the painter,
    your second comment you gave him props for being able to do it. See the difference? Keep up the good work son.
  • Amazing. Gonna look into that app.
  • @Tunnelrunner Did I miss something about the app? What app does he use? haha
  • Oh. Obviously I did. Brushes. Haha sorry :D
  • In your first comment you ripped on the painter,
    In my first comment all I said is his idea of Easy is different than mine. Not a rip, more a sign of respect for his talents.
    You really need to have a beer and lighten up.
  • Respect for working on an ipod sized canvas and producing this result. Great work, love to see more.
  • You need to stop trolling. End of story.
  • Thats no trolling at all. Maybe you just misinterpreted his comment. Relax.
  • yeah thats awesome. but if you just want to do some paintings to fulfill your hobby or time pass.. there is a very cool app on iTune PAINT STUDIO its also on Ovi Store for nokia
    Finally... I could find one paint application ( PAINT STUDIO- iTune & Ovi Store ) which is just like the normal paint and that too moulded to be used on a mobile device... People have taken into consideration that it is made for a mobile device and not desktop PC. Thank God! You can keep drawing and anytime press red key and go on with other task just like a mobile demands... the whole session is maintained and even the undos are maintained ... i am loving the tools... works very smoothly. fill color is a feature on the top... pretty awesome. moreover... there are some bundelled clipart images. very cute and helpful. just have the application and get ready to have no boring time !! i am still to explore...