You illustrators might not want to throw away that $5000 Mac Pro/Adobe CS4 rig just yet, but this story makes it seem like one day that might be an option. Jorge Colombo drew this week’s New Yorker magazine cover using Brushes ($5 iTunes store link), an application for the iPhone, while standing for an hour outside Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Times Square. Passers-by just assumed he was checking his email.
“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.