Artist Jorge Colombo drew the image that graces the June 1st cover of The New Yorker magazine with Brushes, a $4.99 iPhone app. Virtually “finger-painting” an image like this onto a tiny iPhone touchscreen seems insane and inconvenient, but Colombo has good reasons. The New Yorker reports:
He discovered an advantage of digital drawing on a nighttime drive to Vermont. â€œBefore, unless I had a flashlight or a minerâ€™s hat, I could not draw in the dark.â€ (When the sun is up, itâ€™s a bit harder, â€œbecause of the glare on the phone,â€ he says.)
Drawing on the iPhone also offers the artist anonymity. Colombo stood in Times Square for an hour drawing this image on his iPhone and no one gave him a second look. Unlike if he had been painting with an easel, passersby just assumed he was checking his email.
Surely sales of the Brushes app will go through the roof this week as aspiring artists scramble to replicate Colombo’s work. Of course, Ken Rockwell was right when he asserted that it’s an artist’s eye, patience, and skill that makes a good image, not the tools he or she uses. See a video of this drawing come to life below.