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The New Yorker Cover Art Was Created On An iPhone

May 26, 2009
thenewyorker If you have used any of the large number of artistic applications available in the App Store, you will without a doubt appreciate how difficult it is to create something even remotely passable as art.  Now imagine creating the cover art for something as important as The New Yorker using only these tools.  It's nearly incomprehensible, right? Artist Jorge Colombo was somehow able to make the entire June 1st cover for The New Yorker using only his iPhone and the application Brushes.  Speaking with the New York Times, Colombo claims the iPhone is actually a solid artistic tool:
“The best feature of it is that it doesn’t feel like something that was done digitally; quite the opposite,” said Françoise Mouly, the art editor for The New Yorker. “All too often the technology is directed in only one direction, which is to make things more tight, and this, what he did very well, is use this technology for something that is free flowing, and I think that’s what makes it so poetic and magical.”
Colombo was able to do most of his work without anyone even noticing.  He claims to have stood on the street while going about his work completely unnoticed for about an hour, which is a big relief for an artist trying to complete their work.
“Absolutely nobody can tell I am drawing,” Mr. Colombo said. “In fact, once I was doing the drawing at some place, and my wife was around, and they asked her why did I have to work so hard? I seemed to be always on my iPhone sending messages.”
If you still aren't convinced the cover art was done solely on an iPhone, watch the video below documenting the process.  It is quite amazing.

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