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Finger Painting on the iPhone Using Brushes

by Eric Pena on June 23, 2009 · 8 comments

in Digital Painting,iPhone,iPhone Apps,Video

It’s been ages since I last posted an article on digital painting and my Wacom tablet has been gathering dust. But ever since I saw that particular cover on The New Yorker, I immediately downloaded the iPhone application that was responsible for creating it.
Now, after a few experiments on how to use this Brushes app, I finally painted my first serious work. It took me a few hours though but if not for my previous experience with digital painting using Adobe Photoshop, it would have taken me much longer. At first, I thought using the finger to paint would be difficult, but then you get the hang of it after a while. Using pen like devices wouldn’t work. If you’re new to digital painting, I suggest you watch this great video tutorial from Neil Fontaine who has given me permission to post it on my blog. It’s a Photoshop tutorial but the technique is similar to the Brushes app in iPhone.

Brushes was created by a 32 year old developer Steve Sprang. Since The New Yorker featured his work on its cover page, the application became a big hit with iPhone users. You can check out their work on YouTube, Flickr, etc., or you can check out mine now… don’t forget to put on your headphone.


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  • c

    My MAJOR disappointment with Brushes is that to use the Viewer you have to be in a wifi network.
    If your cable modem is hard wired then you can't upload your creative process.
    This is not made clear in selling the app.
    For example, I do a sketch at work, but I can't upload the process when I get home. Home is hardwired. I have to bring my laptop to a wifi(back to work say) to use the Viewer.
    I can upload and see them on any laptop at the apple store, but that doesn't cut it.

  • da_petcu21

    This has nothing to do with Brushes. It's common sense. I'd like to see an iPhone hardwired to a network.

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    I can’t believe people can do stuff like this with technology. I’m not really that good at doing things like this unless it’s on paper. I guess that’s what’s good about being born in a later generation, because you grow up with all this technology. It would be hard to learn now, for me.

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    But how does a Brushes “painting” compare with a traditional painting? Check out this video of Colombo sketching a gas station!

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