Artist, iPhone unite to literally finger paint New Yorker's June cover

When you think of what you can do on the iPhone, painting an iconic scene from scratch probably isn't up there. Yet that's exactly what Jorge Colombo did with his iPhone for the June cover of the The New Yorker magazine, while standing outside of Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in New York City's Times Square.

Colombo used the Brushes application, which is a cheap $4.99 app. He said painting on the iPhone pleased him not only because it gave him a kind of anonymity while he worked, but he also made the piece with "a set of tools that anybody can have easily in their pocket."

Click on through for a video of Colombo's "Finger Painting" in action. If you've ever seen videos of concept artists rolling out a speed painting, it looks a lot like that. The end result is something that's very fluid and brushy, even though it was done on a computer.

The New Yorker, via New York Times, via Swissmiss