The iSketches are drawn on location using an iPhone application called Brushes. No photo references, no tablets, no brushes to wash: just my finger on the tiny touch screen. Don't even need a proper light: the drawing itself glows in a dark corner. At $4.99, Brushes is a very democratic tool (provided you have an iPhone, sure) and I suspect it'll be to drawing what email was for letter writing. Something is lost, something is gained. I only got an iPhone in February 2009, so all of this is still very new. It all started when I realized I could draw while night-riding in a car. Soon I found myself sketching NY spots that are part of my life. I've lived in the USA for 20 years and I'm still looking at its urban landscape as if I was discovering it for the first time.
Jorge Colombo has worked as a designer, as a photographer and as an illustrator for 30 years. He's best known, however, for the finger paintings he started doing on an iPhone in 2009. Four 20x200 editions released in April 2009 led to his first cover for The New Yorker, highlighted by the media everywhere as the first magazine cover ever created on a smartphone. He currently paints almost exclusively on touch screens (iPhone or iPad), and his images continue appearing in The New Yorker and many other publications. His collection of one hundred NYC views, New York: Finger Paintings by Jorge Colombo, featuring essays by Jen Bekman and Christoph Niemann, was published in 2011 by Chronicle Books, in collaboration with 20x200. Colombo was born in 1963 in Lisbon, Portugal, and moved to the USA in 1989. He lived in Chicago, in San Francisco and has been living in New York City since 1998 with his wife, artist Amy Yoes.