Painted On An iPhone


Is this another compelling reason to want an iPhone, or is it just another reason to have one’s head bowed over a piece of handheld technology? If you’re an artist or merely a compulsive doodler, though, it does sound pretty great.

Brushes is a painting application for the iPhone and iPod touch. If you haven’t heard of it by now, it made a buzz shortly after its release when a streetscene painted by Jorge Colombo was featured on the June 1, 2009 New Yorker magazine cover. That made such a splash, it seems, that The New Yorker online now features a weekly sketch and video of NYC by Colombo. There’s a Flickr group dedicated to work created with this software, and it’s curiously addicting to explore the examples of art made by fingertips run across a slick surface. Overall, there’s a pleasingly impressionistic smudginess to much of the work, although it’s sometimes surprising how much detail is packed into these pieces.

Even art world icon David Hockney has taken to this new way of sketching and painting, as Lawrence Wechsler writes in The New York Review of Books.