Brushes and Bunnies

A week or so ago I bought Brushes, a “finger painting” app for the iPhone.

I bought it, not because I believe I can ever create anything like the results shown on the site (!), but because it is the antithesis of how I normally work with graphics: there is no precision, no pixel-level tweaking, heck, half the time you can’t even tell where you’re drawing because your finger is in the way. I bought it because I wanted to see if I could actually give up the level of control that pencils, pens, fine brushes and Photoshop have given me in the past.

Then, a couple of days ago, Codepope passed me a link to a fun meme.

I rarely do memes, partly because no-one tags me (thank you!) and partly because most are either too trivial — answer a dozen questions and get a badge that doesn’t reflect your personality — or too time-consuming — list 30 things people don’t know about you — but every now and then one turns up that appeals, and this was one of those. The fact that it also gave me the perfect opportunity to try out Brushes was a bonus.

So here we go, two bunnies, one happy, one not so much…

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I’m not about to tag anyone to draw their own bunnies, but if the idea appeals then why not, it doesn’t have to take long…

So anyway, what do I think of Brushes?

It’s certainly challenging to go back to a style of drawing that is as close to finger painting as anything I’ve done since primary school.

It’s refreshing to be able to not worry about the end result being perfect.

The interface is exceptionally well thought out and eminently usable.

And its blank canvas is small enough to not be intimidating.

I think that this is one purchase I shan’t regret.