Today I tried out the much-lauded Brushes made famous by the April 2009 New Yorker cover. I have to admit that after starting with Sketchbook, I was completely underwhelmed by Brushes. First of all it’s a $5 ap (compared with Sketchbook’s $3). Second of all, for an ap called “Brushes” it has only 3 plus an eraser. And they’re essentially the same brush. The interface is simple and the feel of the program is very fluid. But it’s a lot more sensitive to mistakes than Sketchbook. It uses the double-tap zoom. So if you try to tap the paint on rather than brush it on you end up zooming in and out a lot. That got very annoying. You can’t save out in layers to another ap or Photoshop like Sketchbook can either. Your only options are to export a flattened jpg to the photo library or an iphone “screenshot” (which lowers the output resolution). Again, I’m working on the low-rent iphone so perhaps the resolution is better on other models?
Two things Brushes does better than Sketchbook: The resolution is 533 x 800. And you can control the brush transparency. I just felt like I was fighting with this ap much more than I should have had to. I won’t be joining the Brushes cult.
So after upping my iPhone drawing ap purchase debit from the cost of a soda to that of a margarita, my friend Sasha showed me TypeDrawing. My debit then increased to the price of two beers ($10 total. This ap cost $2). It’s a funky little doodle of an application which appears to have been spun off a flash based web experiment that started in 2005. It allows you to paint with text that you input. For now, It only seems to be a black and white ap (you can chose from several shades in between as well as increments of transparency). But what really made it for me is that you can draw over any image in your photo library.
So I improved my “brushes” doodle a little.