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Creating a New Yorker Cover On the iPhone

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the eye-of-the-beholder dept.

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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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So what's the news? (3, Insightful)

guruevi (827432) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099027)

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.

Re:So what's the news? (0, Troll)

harryandthehenderson (1559721) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099053)

kdawson is just trying to make up for the dearth of Apple slashvertisements lately.

Re:So what's the news? (1)

E IS mC(Square) (721736) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100333)

I think I will just do what I have been thinking for a while, remove "Apple" section by going to the preferences. Enough is enough.

Re:So what's the news? (1)

TheParadox2 (1562593) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099159)

i agree... Its not like that application didn't have a lot of diverse and (i can't think of the word) brushes and options for 'painting'. I don't have an iPhone either thou, so it might be harder than it looks.

Re:So what's the news? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28099243)

Is a man not entitled to his own computer? "No!" says the man in Washington, "It belongs to the poor." "No!" says the man in the Vatican, "It belongs to God." "No!" says the man in Moscow, "It belongs to everyone." I rejected those answers; instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose ... Apple.

Re:So what's the news? (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099245)

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.

It's not even new technology!

An other IPhone art project with a pretty girl (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28099385)

Re:So what's the news? Something subtle. (4, Insightful)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099489)

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

Re:So what's the news? Something subtle. (4, Insightful)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 5 years ago | (#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.

Re:So what's the news? Something subtle. (2, Insightful)

harryandthehenderson (1559721) | more than 5 years ago | (#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.

Re:So what's the news? Something subtle. (2, Insightful)

sbeckstead (555647) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099689)

Guess what, you're wrong.

Re:So what's the news? Something subtle. (1, Insightful)

harryandthehenderson (1559721) | more than 5 years ago | (#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.

Re:So what's the news? Something subtle. (3, Interesting)

nuOpus (463845) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100249)

I've used the brushes app before. This was not edited outside of the iPhone. That application really does a good job simulating paint and brushes. And yes, you can do this with a WinMo device. The difference is the interface of this application, the accuracy of a capacitive screen, and the multitouch make the combination of this app and this phone seem natural. Zooming in and out is effortless by pinching in and out. And the speed and sensitivity is perfect. I have used paint applications on my Winmo, and they don't feel very natural. Doing multiple strokes with textured brushes with transparency set on a winmo device doesn't feel very good ... not as fluid.

Re:So what's the news? Something subtle. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28100257)

I'm such a fan of people who make absolute statements based on personal assumptions and prejudices because it allows me to ignore them from that point forward.

Thank you!

Re:So what's the news? Something subtle. (1)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099797)

Aren't most display devices LCD any more? Why is it "color-inaccurate" then? Most views of it will be on an electronic media, which would mean that the source is what makes the definitive colors.

Re:So what's the news? Something subtle. (0)

Tenebrousedge (1226584) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099973)

All LCDs are not created equal. If you're printing something, it matters what colors you use, and the colors you use are going to be the ones you see. So if they are not accurately represented on your screen, it's going to look bad in print.

Also, web browsers are generally terrible at displaying color, which doesn't matter because the people viewing on the web have color-inaccurate LCD screens...it's enough to make your eyes bleed.

And we're just barely scratching the surface of how bad computers and printers are at color reproduction. Compare any print of any oil painting to the original. Alternately, compare this hack finger painter to a real artist...

Re:So what's the news? Something subtle. (5, Insightful)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 5 years ago | (#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.

Re:So what's the news? Something subtle. (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28099867)

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.

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.

Yeah. So the guy that just created and SOLD the cover of the bloody NEW YORKER on the iPhone is not a "serious professional", right?

Matter of fact, in my field, thousands of working photojournalists (those in the top ranks among them) work with similar (color-inacurate) screens and no color correction. The color differences are subtle in 99% of the cases, and don't matter in 99.9% of them, especially when printed in newspaper and/or magazine papers.

Re:So what's the news? Something subtle. (1)

Trent Hawkins (1093109) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099981)

"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."

There are some problems with this that can't be solved with attachments. Firstly you'd need the software to do this, granted someone can probably write a piece of software for an I-phone but frankly unless there's a demand, no one will bother to do this, and you end up with some half assed quick time editing thing made from someone's basement.
that aside, there's also the issue with storing data, can you get sixteen gigs on an I-phone? that's a short video, and I bet the drive is slow as hell, so you'd need to carry an external hard drive raid and a power supply and so forth.
Ok, forget even that, let's say you're editing five minute compressed videos for your blog or something, you still need screen space to edit. Can't see anything full screen, because the resolution is tiny, and you can't fit a full time line on screen, not to mention the tools or the transition windows. So, sorry, but the form factor just makes the thing useless for anyone that's interested in anything more then just a toy.

Re:So what's the news? Something subtle. (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100369)

Think about your current computer (don't care if it's a desktop or a laptop).

Now think about getting the same processing power, memory and storage capacity... 20 or even 10 years ago.

Re:So what's the news? Something subtle. (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100365)

I call nonsense. Yes, clearly we could make much smaller laptops, let's call them iPhones if you will, if we didn't include a monitor or keyboard but then there'd have to be a monitor and keyboard everywhere you'd like to use it as a desktop/laptop. Just like very many of those I know in a professional setting use a docking station to get dual monitors, full sized keyboard, full sized mouse etc. it's not the computer, it is the interfaces. Saying "they all have input devices (keypads, sensitive screens, cameras)" as if any and all input devices were alike doesn't make any sense. Mostly because if you could leave a screen and keyboard everywhere you'd like to use it you might as well leave the rest of the computer too and bring a memory stick. Even if I were to imagine in that direction, I think the iPhone would make the laptop another layer of docking. Or you could say that we make part of the laptop detachable. Either way, it's hardly the end of the laptop. P.S. With Internet and WiFi, the laptop is NOT a communication device? I guess you could say primarily a communications device, but judging from the people I know with iPhones I'm not sure they spend most of their time communicating on it either...

Re:So what's the news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28099687)

this is just a plain "Apple PR News" story, nothing for nerds, nothing that matters.

I think this would more accurately be described as "The New Yorker PR news," as in: 'Look, we use that new thing that all the kids love!'

Next month we will hear about how The New Yorker is written with Twitter.

Re:So what's the news? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28099955)

Because Apple fans just have to have something to jerk off to or they simply collapse from the inside and die.

Last week it was something to do with how Apple hired a new software security guy, the week before they hired a marketing guy, next week it'll probably be a new janitor or something. The week after, a new ants nest will move in to Apple HQ, clearly because they love Apple and not because geeks have been leaving half-eaten food lying around.

Just wait until Steve Jobs dies it'll be Princess Dianna all over again, they'll be bitching about why Elton John didn't sing candle in the wind for him too or something and we'll have weeks of candle lit vigils outside Apple stores across the world. In fact, some will probably kill themselves because to them, the loss of Steve Jobs is quite literally the end of their world, there is nothing more for them to live for. Then there'll be the conspiracy theorists, Bill Gates gave Steve Jobs cancer because he was jealous of how pretty Mac OS X is but it'll be okay because Steve Jobs will return for the second coming at some undefined date in the future and he will forgive Bill and allow him to repent for Windows and Microsoft will give up the OS market and allow Apple full control of it because they're so clearly superior with their OS that runs 5 applications, 2 of which are Microsoft applications anyway and their server system that no one actually ever uses for anything ever.

It's quite tragic really.

Re:So what's the news? (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100001)

this is just a plain "Apple PR News" story

Does anyone here have any doubt that the artist was paid by Apple to create the work on the iPhone? I think it's a smart move by Apple to do this.

Re:So what's the news? (1)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100347)

Oh come on, tons of people own iphones and it's inevitable that someone's going to use theirs for something.

Kinda Cool (4, Insightful)

s73v3r (963317) | more than 5 years ago | (#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 (-1, Troll)

harryandthehenderson (1559721) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099085)

Not so much that it was an iPhone, but that it was a handheld device.

Yeah it's not as if they haven't had handheld devices [wikipedia.org] for drawing things for years now... Welcome to the world of tomorrow!

Re:Kinda Cool (0, Troll)

nizo (81281) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099187)

Of course the particular handheld devices you mentioned have to be plugged into a machine to work, or integrated into a tablet laptop, which isn't exactly something you can easily draw on while you stand in line for a few hours.

Re:Kinda Cool (1, Informative)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099255)

*sigh* [wikipedia.org]

Re:Kinda Cool (1)

Thornburg (264444) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099735)

HTF does a wikipedia link to "tablet PC" get "+1 Informative" when the person they're replying to says "... a tablet laptop" right there in the comment?

*sigh* indeed.

Re:Kinda Cool (2, Interesting)

Myrimos (1495513) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099107)

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?

Much of the appeal of a laptop is the screen real estate. You can use your iPhone as a laptop, and you can can use your laptop as a phone, but seriously. Use the proper tool for the proper job.

Re:Kinda Cool (4, Insightful)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099195)

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.

Re:Kinda Cool (5, Interesting)

stokessd (89903) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099357)

For a lot of what I do it already has. I am always up to date on reading my email and much faster on sending high priority replies. For low priority replies I still wait until I have a proper keyboard in front of me. When I'm lunching by myself I do a lot of surfing on the phone including slashdot. When laying on the couch, the screen navigation features are good enough that if I have a quick surfing need, I'll just pull out the phone rather than walk to my computer.

It's not a complete replacement, but it's way more of a replacement than I imagined it would be with such a tiny screen and no keyboard.

Sheldon

Re:Kinda Cool (1, Troll)

blhack (921171) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099537)

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

As long as it takes them to create one with a real keyboard, and a monitor that is at least as big as the one on my Acer Aspire.
The idea of a phone replacing your computer is probably really great if you're speculating from behind your iBook while sipping on a Mocha Frappacheeno, but for the people actually USING their computers? The ones traveling? The ones doing more than updating their twitter status?

Phones will not EVER replace their laptops (they will[do] supplement them).

Re:Kinda Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28099571)

When did laptops replace desktops for our day-to-day computing?

Umm.. never? (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099785)

Take a look at the blurred and aquarelle-like picture [photobucket.com] in TFV and compare it with other New Yorker covers and then think about what you wrote there.
While you are at it - try writing a memo on your phone.

If it is an iPhone there is probably an app for it. Or two. Or 183.
I hear that there is an app for EVERYTHING on iPhone.

Colours for the DS (2, Informative)

Spatial (1235392) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099789)

The DS has a homebrew drawing program called 'Colours'. Check out the drawings people have made with it. [collectingsmiles.com] Unlike the iPhone the DS supports pressure sensitivity, although it's not used in official programs (if I remember correctly it's due to per-unit variance and being forbidden by the official guidelines).

A PSP-sized device with that kind of capability would be a pretty great portable drawing device. The DS is a bit too small for me.

Watching the drawing process (1)

Spatial (1235392) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099905)

I forgot to mention that, like most of these types of drawing programs, you can watch how the images were drawn. Click a picture and the next page will have a button for it.

Cool! (0, Flamebait)

spun (1352) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099097)

Now they just need to do something to make the actual content of the New Yorker less boring and pretentious.

Re:Cool! (-1, Flamebait)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099145)

re:"Now they just need to do something to make the actual content of the New Yorker less boring and pretentious."

As opposed to outdated Monty Python references in your sig - that'd just be boring and sad.

Re:Cool! (-1, Flamebait)

spun (1352) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099327)

Awww, didums get ums wittew feewings huwt? Well, you know what else? Your favorite band sucks too.

You don't like that quote? Try finding one that better describes what arguing on the Internet is like. Really, I don't think you can, but if you do, I'll change my sig.

Re:Cool! (-1, Offtopic)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099487)

Lol - baby talk?

What are you fucking 12?

No wait - you're just a man-child whose stuck emotionally at 12 - big fucking difference.

Enjoy your virginity - mankind is counting on the fact that no woman wants to see you naked. Good luck.

Re:Cool! (-1, Flamebait)

spun (1352) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099625)

I talk to babies in baby talk. You are the one who got a bug up their but and got all sniffy and childish, I was just speaking your language. I'll tell my wife and the ladies we have three ways with about your little joke, they will get a laugh. Your bitter, impotent rage is like sweet, sweet nectar to me.

Re:Cool! (-1, Offtopic)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099713)

re:"I'll tell my wife and the ladies we have three ways with about your little joke,"

And we have virgin proof!

I'll ponder the reality of your sad little masturbatory life from my Ferrari which is parked next to my Bentley, Lambo and Tesla. Because you know - I typed it on the internets - so it must be true. Just like your pathetic lonely fantasy life. But hey - perhaps you'll grow out of your Asperger syndrome but if not, at least you won't be poisoning the gene pool for the rest of us, so it's all good.

Keep smiling man-child! You're a credit to your nerdy backwards stereotype. Without the money that geeks have. More of the basement loser virgin type - but there's nothing wrong with that of course.

Re:Cool! (0, Troll)

spun (1352) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099809)

Read my journal, I've been documenting our polyamory for about eight years now. I was in Pali Paths in Hawaii for years. Look it up. I've had more women than you've even known, sad little man. I've been in three ways and orgies, and done things you don't even know the names of. You are the one with the virgin fixation, and the negative view of sexuality. You should get some counseling to help you deal with your Mommy issues, or you will never know intimacy with a woman.

Re:Cool! (1)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099943)

re:"Read my journal"

You mean your fantasy blog? Yes - my blog - as you can plainly see - indicates that I live on a research outpost on the dark side of the moon where I titillate myself with strange alien lifeforms that produce orgasms like mammals produce milk.

And because I said so - you know it's true.

Don't forget to clean out the garage, because when you're living at home - you need to pitch in on the chores. It's the unspoken code of the projecting virgin.

(don't forget to get the last word in either - you don't want to give anyone the idea that you're mentally evolved past puberty. Helps the fantasy life along nicely too. I'd say more but the lunar shuttle is here and I'm all out of plutonium batteries for my orgasmatron gun)

Re:Cool! (-1, Flamebait)

spun (1352) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100017)

Why are you so sad and angry? Was it because I screwed your mom and never called her? Bitch has no mouth skills, I don't give callbacks to girls who can't suck.

Re:Cool! (0, Flamebait)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100169)

Wow - you're really getting mad aren't you? This is entertainment - and anyone who has the social skills of someone beyond a high-school freshman can pretty much see that I'm enjoying this to the hilt. Your tone seems to be getting desperate - much like your life.

Your last post of delusions pretty much read like the shopping list of the damned and envious and - sadly - showed what you lacked line-item by line-item. The sad thing is that you're so obvious. And your attempt as arousing some kind of malice just confirms - to everyone here - how right I was - and how sad you are.

Now that's pathos! Pure entertainment in scheidenfreud widescreen glory.

Don't forget to get the last-word - don't want you evolving mentally or anything. Your entertainment value would plummet. And we can't have that - no no - you're my little puppet-boy.

Dance.

Happy Troll Tuesday (1)

spun (1352) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100219)

I know you. You are my little pet stalker, aren't you? You write just like that AC from a while back. It's nice to know that I have fans that care about me so much. Please, do go on, I find your interest fascinating.

Re:Happy Troll Tuesday (1)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100291)

Of course you do - it's the first time anyone has shown you the slightest bit of attention all year. But please - don't let me stop you from getting the last word in. Somewhere along your attempts at construction some elaborate conspiracy fantasy, and your sudden delusions of fame, you might come to the sad realization that someone is actually getting pleasure from watching you describe - to the world - what a failure your life is.

Not since steam powered locomotives, have wrecks been so much fun. Particularly over lunch.

Your typing skills didn't come with the GED tho did it? Your last words are coming up short. Is language that hard for you?

Mods Mods come quick! (1)

cheftw (996831) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099843)

-1 Bullying!

Re:Mods Mods come quick! (0, Troll)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100003)

I thought it was more like shooting fish in a barrel. Please - don't ruin my fun. Firing rounds into man-children who have mental problems is 14 levels harder than this. Call it a guilty pleasure - without the guilt (and half the calories). This one's a corker! He's 5 minutes into my lunch and already lives in Hawaii and has orgies.

Fucking fantastic! Or mind-blowingly pathetic. Actually it can be all of these things and more.

Re:Cool! (0)

xerxesVII (707232) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099569)

I always thought the one about the special olympics was more directly applicable.

Or there's a personal favorite from Penny Arcade: No-one convinces anyone of anything, everybody just heaps their baggage on the table and gestures at it wildly.

But go ahead and resort to baby talk because someone called you on the cultural savvy on display in your sig while you criticize a magazine for being too boring and pretentious.

Re:Cool! (0)

spun (1352) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099701)

Are you claiming the New Yorker ISN'T boring and pretentious? When was the last time you read it?

And who whines about mods in their sig, seriously? Oh, no, life is so unfair, 'xerxesvii.' Waaa, waaa, the mods don't like you. Get over yourself.

Re:Cool! (1)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099769)

re:"life is unfair"

Only to some - perhaps those whose life is an infinite string of failures and disappointments. From an isolated perspective such as yours - a little projection is par for the course. When people grow out of puberty mindsets - they realize that other people's stations in life might be different and generalities such as "unfair" might not be applicable. But keep that nerd flag flying - it completes you. Perfectly.

Re:Cool! (0, Troll)

spun (1352) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099913)

Reading comprehension fail. Life is unfair to xerxesvii, as I clearly stated. He whines about mods in his sig, what a loser!

Life is unfair to me, too. I get way more than I deserve, what with all the women, the money, the brains, the education, the physical good looks and horse like stamina, the inheritance, the invitations to interesting parties, tons of friends, man, what could I have done to deserve all that? I mean, life is starting to bore me, there's no challenge, I just get everything I want, when I want it, without having to work for it.

But thank you for your interest in me and my life. I take it as a compliment when someone pays this much attention to me, really, you've made my day. The more you respond, the more important I know I am to you. Ahhhh, yeah. Keep it coming.

Re:Cool! (1)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100069)

Yep - unfair is the first word fast on your failure prone lips. It's called a Freudian slip. And holy fucking wow - would Freud have a field day with your dementia.

Sometime you'll have to send me your prescriptions. Sounds like they have you doing some serious time on the lithium lick. Famous last words? Or just loser last words? With man-children lost in a fog of fantasy and delusions (or medication - that's my best guess) it's so hard to tell.

I also like the work reference. You having a job - that's an almost amusing thought. If I wasn't paying for your welfare checks and food stamps - I'd find it funny as fuck.

Keep reaching for those rainbows!

Re:Cool! (1)

spun (1352) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100159)

Wow, you have some elaborate fantasies about me. Maybe we should cyber, it seems like you want me pretty bad. Been a naughty boy? You like it rough, want a spanking or something? I could work that into my schedule.

Re:Cool! (1)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100239)

Well if you're not a man-child - your sense of humor pretty much confirms your education. I'm guessing GED?

I'd be impressed if you were a disabled vet - at least you'd have some kind of prior life to be proud of. But I'm smelling 7-11 coffee for some reason. Or is that the hot dogs on the rollers calling your name.

I got it - your fries are ready! I can never tell the difference between one fast-food machine and another. All of us customers across the counters can be dense like that. But at least you're trying 9h grade level smut. Shows everyone what a rich and colorful tableaux your life is. Right after your fantasy life, your sad lies, your increasingly bitter tone.

I'd almost say I can taste the salt in your tears - but I think that's just the taste of these yummy fries you made. And on behalf of all of your grateful customers, let me be the first to say - good job, and good on you.

Re:Cool! (1)

xerxesVII (707232) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099941)

I won't lie, it's been a couple years. And I can admit that I found it to be a bit drier than the average issue of Stuff or Mad. It's also more pretentious than most issues of Heavy Metal.

However, I have seen magazines far more boring and pretentious. I figure with a 4-digit uid you'd probably have seen a bit more of the world. Maybe you saw the Python lads do the Holy Grail bit and thought humor could advance no further. Maybe you achieved a threesome and decided life could offer no richer reward. That's okay, man.

I really was just writing to give you two better descriptions of arguing on the internet. But here we are, gesturing wildly.

Good day to you, sir.

Re:Cool! (2, Interesting)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099545)

Given that I'm reading Slashdot from an iPod touch, from my deck, while grilling, I'd say they already have. The only trick here is that they have gotten a lot, lot cheaper than your average, non-netbook laptop. If you can't beat them with horsepower and features, you will always get them by being the cheapest ride in town.

In other news... (5, Funny)

Archfeld (6757) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099137)

a group of 30 4 year olds using a magnetic refrigerator alphabet wrote all the features and articles in the same magazine. In un-related news the New Yorker seems to be having financial problems as fewer and fewer people read the garbage they publish.

Re:In other news... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28099277)

I misread that as a group of 304 year olds. The I LOL'd.

Have you actually read it? [Re:In other news...] (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28099653)

In un-related news the New Yorker seems to be having financial problems as fewer and fewer people read the garbage they publish.

Have you actually read any of the articles lately? Skipping the fiction and the poetry, the nonfiction articles are some of the most interesting and insightful reporting available. The articles by Oliver Sachs alone are worth the subscription. Some random selections are at http://www.newyorker.com/ [newyorker.com]

Re:In other news... (3, Insightful)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 5 years ago | (#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]

Re:In other news... (1)

potaz (211754) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099909)

That is the best description for a bad comic I've seen in a while. Nice!

iPhone Has No Pressure Sensitivity? (3, Interesting)

meehawl (73285) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099223)

Please correct me if I am wrong, but I think one important issue with the capacitative screen as used in Apple's phone is that while it does support multitouch, it does not support different pressure levels corresponding to force applied against the screen? To get pressure sensitivity similar to a Wacom-style pad, you'd need to be using a Palm/WinMo handheld which, with resistive screens, can support different pressures applied by finger or stylus. Is this correct? If so, then it's remarkable that he managed to produce quite a nice cartoon given the limitations of the device he was using. But you have to wonder how much more efficient a similar artist could be with a more artist-friendly approach. I assume that this brushes application lets you create a swipe, then click it afterwards to increase or decrease the transparency/strength/brush effects. That's got to be a lot less intuitive than just pressing your finger/stylus more or less to get the same effect. In effect, a single gesture dimensioned using pressure has been elongated into a mutli-step gesture dimensioned with serial, semantic twiddling.

Re:iPhone Has No Pressure Sensitivity? (1)

Zerth (26112) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099307)

It could also use time. Drag your finger over quickly, it uses X% opacity. Drag slowly to get completely opaque. Or vice versa.

Re:iPhone Has No Pressure Sensitivity? (1)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099365)

Think of it as the "flow" control of photoshop brushes. Linger in one area, more pigment/color is applied in the spot. Move quickly and just a light dusting is applied.

Re:iPhone Has No Pressure Sensitivity? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28099477)

I assume that this brushes application lets you create a swipe, then click it afterwards to increase or decrease the transparency/strength/brush effects.

Close but backwards..

User selects the color/transparency/brush effects then swipes the screen.

Re:iPhone Has No Pressure Sensitivity? (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100295)

Actually, a big problem with capacitive screens is... you can't tap accurately. Instead of a sharp "point" on a resistive touchscreen (within the accuracy of the analog side and the ADC), you get an area. Things like controls (buttons, fields, etc) tend to have to be larger and spaced out on a capacitive screen because getting an accurate point is extremely difficult.

It's like trying to draw using a mouse vs. a touchpad. It'd doable, just a bit more difficult.

Adding fine detail to a photo is extremely hard on the iPhone, unless you have good zoom-in modes that enlarge the tap area. Even so, it'll be hard to align things in a straight line since a little offset in the way you tap can alter the returned coordinates.

Re:iPhone Has No Pressure Sensitivity? (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100363)

Sorry, I meant with high precision, not accuracy. Tap the same spot twice on the iPhone screen and you'll end up with different coordinates. Big buttons make it easier by allowing a larger error radius, though.

By the way... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28099281)

The marketing company Apple also sells computers and software.

wat (1)

athdemo (1153305) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099381)

Recapitulating? Really?

Re:wat (1)

Lije Baley (88936) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099649)

No kidding. I think somebody's word-a-day calendar backfired on them. That is assuming that the calendar words are now chosen from the dictionary at random by Chinese factory workers.

Re:wat (1)

harryandthehenderson (1559721) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099707)

That is assuming that the calendar words are now chosen from the dictionary at random by Chinese factory workers.

Unfortunately for kdawson they have a greater master of the English language than he does.

WOW! (5, Funny)

Paul Slocum (598127) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099403)

FTA: "Before, unless I had a flashlight or a miner's hat, I could not draw in the dark."

Apple, thank you for finally enabling us artists to draw in the dark. Only Apple could pioneer this astounding technology.

how ironical (3, Funny)

strength_of_10_men (967050) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099453)

How ironic that TFA has a flash video that does not work on the iPhone. I'm sure there's a youtube version out there somewhere but I'm too lazy to look.

Re:how ironical (1)

wondershit (1231886) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099889)

Couldn't find one but a search for "new yorker iphone cover" on YouTube produces this [youtube.com] video on the first page. I just don't see why...

Re:how ironical (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28100389)

FFFFUUUUUUUUU....

Another first for the New Yorker! (0, Flamebait)

ClosedSource (238333) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099455)

After completing his artwork he proceeded to the New Yorker's men's room and took a crap while doodling on his iPhone.

Nothing new (4, Insightful)

Yetihehe (971185) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099463)

Peaple are drawing Mona lisa in MS Paint [youtube.com] . THIS is an achievement.

Re:Nothing new (1)

spydabyte (1032538) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099885)

He didn't save once. I'm surprised that Windows didn't blue-screen on him.

Re:Nothing new (1)

Zapotek (1032314) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100189)

And you know this how? Oh the wonders of video editing...

Re:Nothing new (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28100251)

He didn't save once. I'm surprised that Windows didn't blue-screen on him.

LOL, that's a good one spydabyte! It is refreshing to see someone like you on this site come along and not be afraid to drop truth bombs!

"Making of" as a new genre (4, Insightful)

serutan (259622) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099485)

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.

Re:"Making of" as a new genre (1)

Spatial (1235392) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099695)

It's a cool feature, yes. It's been in 'oekaki' drawing programs for years, and that homebrew drawing program 'Colours' for the DS has it too I think.

Bob Ross? (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099883)

Is that you?

Re:"Making of" as a new genre (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100359)

This has been done forever. Fractal Design Painter would not only generate these movies many years ago, but it also actually records and plays back strokes, and it can play them back with different media. If you are into "natural media" art on the computer, you owe it to yourself to check out Painter.

I know it's unfashionable... (4, Insightful)

eyrieowl (881195) | more than 5 years ago | (#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.

Re:I know it's unfashionable... (2, Insightful)

je ne sais quoi (987177) | more than 5 years ago | (#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.

Re:I know it's unfashionable... (1)

biased_estimator (1222498) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100171)

This! Mod parent up!

Cool process (1)

tsalmark (1265778) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099505)

I found the process far more interesting than the choice of technology. I find it interesting that he drew each layer completely, even if it was going to be over written. I always try to figure out shat is not obscured then draw only that. Obvously I'm not an artist, nor do I have any training.

Re:Cool process (1)

ZERO1ZERO (948669) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100097)

yeah i saw that. You could only see 1 person and part of a taxi in the end picture even though they were all drawn there before being oblitered with a hot dog stall and some large silholettes... strange.

Re:Cool process (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28100329)

I always try to figure out shat is not obscured then draw only that.

Shat!? As in shit, shat, shitted? Eeeeeewwww.... What are you doing there?

A different outlook on technology (1)

giuseppemag (1100721) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099665)

I liked the article. It helped a geek like me to get in touch with the kind of power technology has as a way to achieve *something else*, as opposed to simply being something cool and interesting in itself. Sometimes it's nice to feel the perspective of the outer world on matters of the inner world. Now, I just gotta go find something new to play with...

Apple buys more advertising media than most.... (1)

Bob_Who (926234) | more than 5 years ago | (#28099729)

I think the New Yorker knows its a good idea to find a way to put Apple on the cover. As I recall, Apple has been a dominant advertising presence for a while. I think its a good bet they can afford most print media these days, therefore Apple is good butt to kiss if you have an infinite supply of advertising to sell. There is only one front page, and the New Yorker gives it to them in good faith....like taking out a hot date for a night on the town.....after all its the Big Apple. Now they can approach Microsoft to buy space in order to square off with their enemy....maybe they get a prominent placement too. Microsoft will try to remind us we can't afford an Apple or else we would have bought it by now. The sky is falling down so don't buy anything you can't afford! Apple has placement at the front of the Good Book as well, and temptation remains the theme. How fitting to grab this cover, and at viral media prices: free. Take a bite says the serpent to Eve....

Working with more natural subjects (2, Interesting)

Jamamala (983884) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100113)

Another thing that's cool about this particular project is that the artist said it allowed him to just quietly work in the corner. He didn't have to set up with an easel and influence the behaviour of the people around him. To everyone else, he must have just looked like he was texting.

The big story is (1)

Archimonde (668883) | more than 5 years ago | (#28100237)

Artist can create art on almost any medium while my biggest achievement is a stick figure pictured below ;)-

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