Today I spent most of the day catching up on my blog reading and I stumbled across an article about a guy using an iPhone app named Brushes to design this month’s cover of The New Yorker. Highly impressed by the output and the video of it being created, I decided to give it a shot.
Realizing of course that I am definitely not an artist and that using just a finger on the iPhone screen isn’t the most precise way to dry, I don’t think my first work is too bad considering. I’ve done a lot of sketches in the past with various pen tablets and while the experience wasn’t anywhere near as easy as with them, it was pretty fun and rewarding that such a feat could be accomplished on my iPhone. A company named Ten One Design seems to make a stylus for the iPhone for a very reasonable price ($14.95) and I think I might pick one up not just for this purpose.
I think what impressed me the most is that all this was possible using a $199 “smartphone”. Times are changing and when we step back and think about what was possible with a cell phone not even 10 years ago, it simply is amazing, IMHO.
The above image was modified after creation in Brushes to add in the frame and thought bubble. The additional elements were added using Photogene and then the image was uploaded to Flickr via Mobile Foto (both also iPhone apps). See below for a time-lapse video of the creation of the coke zero image created using the Brushes Viewer desktop companion app.