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Creating a New Yorker Cover On the iPhone 226

Posted by kdawson
from the eye-of-the-beholder dept.
Jaime Leifer writes "The cover of the June 1, 2009, issue of The New Yorker, entitled 'Finger Painting,' was drawn by Jorge Colombo entirely on his iPhone — a first for the magazine. Colombo, a New York-based artist and illustrator, uses the iPhone's Brushes application to vibrantly depict New York street scenes." There's a video recapitulating the creation of the piece, omitting all of the undos.
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Creating a New Yorker Cover On the iPhone

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  • by guruevi (827432) <evi.smokingcube@be> on Tuesday May 26, 2009 @03:02PM (#28099027) Homepage

    Artist using new technology is nothing new. I like Apple and the iPhone but this is just a plain "Apple PR News" story, nothing for nerds, nothing that matters.

  • Kinda Cool (Score:5, Insightful)

    by s73v3r (963317) <s73v3r@gmail.cPASCALom minus language> on Tuesday May 26, 2009 @03:03PM (#28099045)
    This is kinda cool. Not so much that it was an iPhone, but that it was a handheld device. How much longer until these phones replace a laptop for most of our day-to-day computing?
  • Re:Kinda Cool (Score:5, Insightful)

    by clang_jangle (975789) on Tuesday May 26, 2009 @03:13PM (#28099195) Journal

    How much longer until these phones replace a laptop for most of our day-to-day computing?

    The minute we can get proper monitors in our sunglasses and data plans free of ridiculous limits.

  • Nothing new (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Yetihehe (971185) on Tuesday May 26, 2009 @03:28PM (#28099463)
    Peaple are drawing Mona lisa in MS Paint [youtube.com]. THIS is an achievement.
  • by serutan (259622) <snoopdoug@g e e k a zon.com> on Tuesday May 26, 2009 @03:29PM (#28099485) Homepage

    The video of the process is a work of art all its own, capturing the evolution of the scene. There is a sense of change and even of loss, which you wouldn't get from the finished work alone.

  • by Ralph Spoilsport (673134) on Tuesday May 26, 2009 @03:30PM (#28099489) Journal
    An artist did print ready work from a communication device, rather than a laptop or desktop computer, that's the news.

    sure, it's not the first time, but the point is much more subtle: why use a laptop or desktop computer?

    What this is is the next level of miniaturisation, and it is an important one. There is fundamentally no difference between an iPhone or iPod and a computer - they all have input devices (keypads, sensitive screens, cameras), RAM, Storage, and output (audio, video, files).

    an iPhone with a beefier processor, some USB ports and a mini HDMI port (a la Macbook) and you have your next desktop replacement device. Not only would you have phone calls, but with an HDMI - VGA adaptor, you have a screen to do world processing, image editing, video editing, audio editing, 3D, whatever.

    It's the next big deal.

    RS

  • by eyrieowl (881195) on Tuesday May 26, 2009 @03:31PM (#28099493)

    to refrain from complaining about a kdawson post, but I saw this early this morning and thought it was cool as well. So sue me. Yes, people have been drawing on computers for a Long Time with lots of different input devices; and no, it's not the best tool (portable or otherwise) for drawing with. And I detest all the often-unmerited love that Apple gets...but this was cool, it is an example of how, even on a converged device that can't touch dedicated devices, technology has become accessible enough that people are able to do real worth with it, no matter where they are. It's similar to Chase Jarvis and his iPhone pictures. It's not the best camera, not even the best camera phone, but it's both a demonstration of how art isn't about the technology, it's about the artist; and it's a demonstration of what we could each accomplish with even these limited tools if we had the talent and discipline to use them to their fullest. It's not, to me, about it being an Apple product, it's about art, talent, and the progress of technology.

  • by amicusNYCL (1538833) on Tuesday May 26, 2009 @03:36PM (#28099577)

    Calling an iPhone a communications device is like calling a computer a word processing device. Apple has made damn sure with all of their marketing that people associate more than communication with the iPhone, it's made out to be more like a PDA with a phone program than a phone. And I doubt this is the first time an artist has made "print-ready" work (for various definitions of "print-ready") from a PDA. This still seems like a piece of Apple fluff.

  • by harryandthehenderson (1559721) on Tuesday May 26, 2009 @03:40PM (#28099627)

    an iPhone with a beefier processor, some USB ports and a mini HDMI port (a la Macbook) and you have your next desktop replacement device. Not only would you have phone calls, but with an HDMI - VGA adaptor, you have a screen to do world processing, image editing, video editing, audio editing, 3D, whatever.

    This is a joke right? No serious professional is going to be doing image/video editing or drawing on a color-inaccurate 3.5" screen.

  • by sbeckstead (555647) on Tuesday May 26, 2009 @03:45PM (#28099689) Homepage Journal
    Guess what, you're wrong.
  • by Steauengeglase (512315) on Tuesday May 26, 2009 @03:45PM (#28099693)

    In their defense the articles are often pretty good, generally 20 pages longer than necessary, but the writing is good. Now the New Yorker cartoons are simply indefensible.

    I've been going through one of the New Yorker desk calenders this year and it is about 1 out of 20 strips that actually work. The rest are simply lazy. I mean am I supposed to create the scenario? Is that how it works? Is that why it is so clever? Because it makes me feel like I'm smart? That isn't a joke, that is the sound of an armless man masturbating.

    http://cache.gawker.com/assets/resources/2007/07/BadNewYorkerCartoon.jpg [gawker.com]

  • by harryandthehenderson (1559721) on Tuesday May 26, 2009 @03:52PM (#28099779)
    Guess what, I'm not. If you think no work was done to that picture outside of the iPhone before it was printed then you clearly are stupid. Secondly, show me a real professional image or video editor doing work on a color-inaccurate 3.5" LCD screen. I'm not talking some random dipshit on the internet who claims to be a professional, I mean someone who works at a real film studio or a post-production house.
  • by je ne sais quoi (987177) on Tuesday May 26, 2009 @04:18PM (#28100147)

    It's not, to me, about it being an Apple product, it's about art, talent, and the progress of technology.

    I'm not trolling here, but why does it seem like the buzz is often about apple products then? I don't see much about people creating art with their blackberry or their palm. Or is there a lot of this going on and I just missed it?

    If someone asked me, I would say that it's a combination of Apple products marketed well and that they make pretty good products to begin (e.g. easy to use) -- I don't think that success for a new technological product is really probably without both of these things.

  • by Brian Gordon (987471) on Tuesday May 26, 2009 @04:32PM (#28100337)
    A "real artist"? I don't even know what to say to that. You must have been living under a rock for the past 4000 years. If there's such a thing as a "real artist" it's the artist who challenges conventions, like by presenting a finger painting as print-quality commercial art. Art is all about expression, and I can't think of anything artsier than noticing a poignant urban scene and sitting down on the spot and spending a few hours capturing it. Not a color-accurate, realist perfect reproduction but a blurry finger painting just enough to communicate what the artist was feeling.
  • by samkass (174571) on Tuesday May 26, 2009 @05:07PM (#28100865) Homepage Journal

    Agreed... just the fact that this piece instigated a "what is art?" debate, IMHO, shows that it is art.

    There are a lot of folks on Slashdot who try really, really hard to hate Apple and iPhones, but I think this story really is news for nerds, and really does matter. If you disagree, go click on another story.

  • by hondo77 (324058) on Tuesday May 26, 2009 @06:02PM (#28101531) Homepage

    I'm not trolling here, but why does it seem like the buzz is often about apple products then? I don't see much about people creating art with their blackberry or their palm.

    The art was created by a third-party app. Apple did not write Brushes but they made it possible for a developer to not just create it but easily put it in the hands of customers. So, it's not strictly an article about Apple products.

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