Brushes (in Digital Form)

March 3, 2010

New Yorker magazine cover created using 'Brushes' iPhone/iPod app.

Holy Cow!  One of my EDGE students, Susan Melrath, (an incredible painter), just turned me on to a new iPhone/iPod application that is incredible.  It’s called Brushes and you can create paintings with it on your electronic device.  It’s very cool.  So cool in fact that the June 2009 issue of the New Yorker cover was entirely created with this software.  WOW.

You can import a photo and use it as the base of your painting or you can create from scratch.  The program also records  each step of your work and will play you a video of the entire creation of a piece.  It’s really fun!  AND this video can be put on your BLOG.   Check out the Brushes video of one of Susan’s paintings on her blog: It takes a minute to load but once it starts playing, it’s fascinating to see someone else’s process.  I promise that once I know how to do all these things with Brushes, I’ll post a video here.  At there is a comprehensive user guide free to download along with pix and other stuff, too.

You can also save out each version or change to your painting so if you don’t like what you did, you can revert to the earlier version.  It’s never lost that way and you have infinite options.   Susan said that she gets a lot ideas for future paintings this way.  As Susan stated: “I’m never bored in the waiting room anymore.”  I’ll say not!

Wouldn’t it be cool if one day we could do that with a real painting? WOW, what a concept!


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