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You can’t buy publicity like this. According to a report by Christian Zibreg on geek.com, the cover of the latest edition of venerable The New Yorker magazine was made on an iPhone. Artist Jorge Colombo created the cover artwork using Brushes, a $4.99 premium app currently […]

You can’t buy publicity like this. According to a report by Christian Zibreg on geek.com, the cover of the latest edition of venerable The New Yorker magazine was made on an iPhone.

Artist Jorge Colombo created the cover artwork using Brushes, a $4.99 premium app currently available in iTunes (and no doubt about to see a bump in sales).

June '09 edition of The New Yorker

June '09 edition of The New Yorker

From the Brushes web site:

Brushes is a natural media painting application designed from scratch for the iPhone and iPod touch. Featuring an advanced color picker, several realistic brushes, extreme zooming, and a simple yet deep interface, it is a powerful tool for creating original artwork on your mobile device.

There are three brushes to choose from (smooth at one end of the scale, bristly at the other), a simple color-picker, and an advanced color tool which provides for fine-tuning Hue, Saturation, and even Transparency. Brushes allows for artwork to be exported at an impressive 1,920 x 2,880 pixels, which is more than adequate for lithographic print.

A 'simple' painting in Brushes

A 'simple' painting in Brushes

Brush-tip choices

Brush-tip choices

Advanced color-picker

Advanced color-picker

There’s an online gallery of work by other Brushes users that is just breathtaking. You will not believe these paintings were produced on an iPhone!

There’s a final nice twist to this app. Also available from the developer’s web site is the Brushes Viewer, an application for Mac OS X that not only allows you to view your Brushes masterpieces on your computer, but also replays each and every stroke. So once you’ve finished adding those final touches, you can sit back and watch the entire painting process repeated, time-lapsed-style.

If you’ve tried Brushes, share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below. That’s assuming you’re not busy designing the next cover of TIME magazine.

  1. Why is Brushes a ‘premium app’? Because it costs $? It’s definitely worth the $5. I’d say a $20 iPhone app is premium, but that type of functionality for the price of a venti Starbucks drink is a huge selling point for the iPhone platform

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