New Yorker Cover Done on iPhone App

New Yorker Cover Done on iPhone App
Nicko Margolies
  • 26 may 2009

The latest edition of the New Yorker features a cover done by artist Jorge Colombo (who we first noticed back in March), Colombo made the entire piece using a simple $5 iPhone app called Brushes.  The straightforward application enables users to pick from a number of realistic brush types, utilize a color picker with transparency settings and adjust the hue or saturation.  More importantly, Brushes enables budding artists to zoom incredibly close and export their work at high resolutions.  While the developers may have hoped it would be a hit with casual doodlers, it’s taken a whole new life and is evidently getting picked up by seasoned professionals like Jorge Colombo.  Be sure to check out some of the other work made with Brushes featured on their site and more drawings by Colombo.  According to an article on the project on New Yorker Blog, Colombo drew the cover art in an hour while standing outside Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Times Square.

He explains:

“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. Colombo has been drawing since he was seven, but he discovered an advantage of digital drawing on a nighttime drive to Vermont. “Before, unless I had a flashlight or a miner’s hat, I could not draw in the dark.” (When the sun is up, it’s a bit harder, “because of the glare on the phone,” he says.) It also allows him to draw without being noticed; most pedestrians assume he’s checking his e-mail.

Colombo also used a free companion application called Brushes Viewer to export the entire process into a time lapse video, view the results below:

[via TUAW]

Update: Be sure to check out Colombo’s work for sale from our friends at 20×200!


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