June's The New Yorker Magazine Cover Features iPhone Finger Painting


The June 1 cover of The New Yorker magazine is a finger painting created on the iPhone. As far as I know, it’s the first time the iPhone has been used to create a magazine cover, at least for a brand-name pub.

Artist Jorge Colombo drew the cover using Steve Sprang’s Brushes, a flexible drawing app that features three different brush styles of varying widths. With one brush, you can draw a thin dense line; with another brush, you paint a broad transparent swath. You also can vary colors, hues, shades density and other techniques that artists know more about than the the rest of us.

Although I’m not much of an artist, Brushes has been my top pick for an iPhone drawing app, ever since I reviewed it in late January.

Colombo drew his cover illustration while standing for an hour outside Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Times Square, reports TNY. Colombo will produce a new drawing each week for The New Yorker Web site.

I was also pretty happy with the results I was able to achieve using MyPaint2, from My Media, a neat little app for doodling and scribbling notes I reviewed in early January. You can start with a blank canvas or a photo from your camera roll.

Tap the color picker, use the sliders to fine tune your color if you want. Go back to the main menu and use the pair of sliders to set your pen width and the softness of the color you plan to use.

Tap the screen and start laying down your lines. For fine work, you can zoom in. Use the variable-width eraser or the undo button to wipe out mistakes. When you’re satisfied with your great work, upload the photo to save it. While you’re at the My Media site you can also look at the work of other MyPaint2 Picassos.

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  • http://twitter.com/janebozarth/status/1937989061 Jane Bozarth

    iPhone app "Brushes" used to create New Yorker cover a la fingerpainting: http://tinyurl.com/qa3etz (fthx to @appcraver)