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This article was published on January 7, 2009


Mona Lisa in Paint is so 2007, try Brushes on the iPhone

Mona Lisa in Paint is so 2007, try Brushes on the iPhone
Ernst-Jan Pfauth
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Ernst-Jan Pfauth

Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

Remember those videos of gifted fellas drawing the Mona Lisa in Paint? I was amazed by it back then. Now there’s a new example, representing a new generation of tools and apps. It’s called Brushes, a natural media painting application for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The €2,39 app offers several realistic brush styles, an advanced color picker, a gallery view, and virtually unlimited undo and redo. To see what you can do with Brushes, have a look at this video I found on the blog of Erwin Blom.

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Brushes app turns iPhone into a mini rendering tablet - Core77There’s a small digital subculture emerging around this app, with heroes like David Gribouille (who made the video).

Design magazine Core77 highlights the work of Disney artist Stef Kardos – who makes quick sketches (5-10 minutes each) and then adds some flavor to it with Brushes (see picture).

Here’s a slideshow from the dedicated Flickr pool: