Jorge Colombo created the cover artwork for the June 1st issue of The New Yorker using an app called Brushes on his iPhone. The image was produced in about an hour outside Madame Tussuad’s Wax Museum in Times Square.
“I got a phone in the beginning of February, and I immediately got the program so I could entertain myself,” says Colombo, who first published his drawings in The New Yorker in 1994. Colombo has been drawing since he was seven, but he discovered an advantage of digital drawing on a nighttime drive to Vermont. “Before, unless I had a flashlight or a miner’s hat, I could not draw in the dark.” (When the sun is up, it’s a bit harder, “because of the glare on the phone,” he says.) It also allows him to draw without being noticed; most pedestrians assume he’s checking his e-mail.
The video below, captured using the Brushes Viewer app, shows the technique Colombo used to produce the June 1st cover. He’s also selling limited edition prints of his iPhone-produced work online.